University of Nottingham Ningbo China
About the University
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An international university in China

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by The University of Nottingham with co-operation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China.

Fast facts about the University

  • The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China in 2004.
  • At UNNC we have around 8,000 students and approximately 10% are from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries.
  • We have more than 750 members of staff, split across academic and professional services.
  • Our staff and students come from more than 70 countries and regions around the world.
  • The University is situated in a 144 acre (584,666m²) campus in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.
  • We have three faculties: Business, Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • We offer 30 undergraduate courses and 22 postgraduate courses. 
  • The University has 14 research centres and institutes.
  • We were awarded a licence to grant PhDs in December 2008 and have over 400 PhD students.
  • We have China’s first carbon-neutral building, home to our Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET).

Figures accurate for 2017 - 18 academic year.

Annual Report

In the past year, we have delivered major improvements to the campus experience, to our facilities for living and learning and in the career prospects of our graduates.


- Professor Chris Rudd  

The University of Nottingham Ningbo Annual Report 2017 highlights the key progresses of the University in the past academic year, including:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Student Performance and Achievements
  • Research
  • Knowledge Exchange and Innovation
  • People and Governance
  • Service and Facility Upgrading
  • Alumni Community
  • Fundraising and Philanthropic Activities
  • Social Responsibility

Click to download the 2017 report




In-demand graduates

We have more than 8,000 students and, each year, around 1,500 graduates with excellent academic qualifications, transferable skills, a creative outlook and a fresh perspective. They are in demand from employers around the globe who recognise the benefits of hiring talent with an international perspective.

Our internationalisation policy means that our students can study at The University of Nottingham in the UK or to go as exchange or study abroad students to other universities around the world.

International students come from more than 75 countries around the world and Chinese undergraduate students are selected from most provinces on the basis of their college entrance examinations.

Competition for entry is stiff and students are required to have a minimum level of English to be accepted onto our degree programmes. We are familiar with a range of overseas school-leaving qualifications. For further information about the qualifications needed to study here email our admissions team.


UNNC graduates celebrating


High-impact research

At UNNC research spans all faculties and disciplines and we have several centres and institutes that are generating high-impact research.

We're committed to providing world-leading research expertise that is relevant to China's interests and needs.

Our postgraduate students play an important role in our research community and we're keen to support the research talent of the future.

high-imapct research


Top-quality staff

We have more than 750 teaching, research and professional services staff at UNNC, recruited from top universities, research institutes and companies from at least 40 countries worldwide.

All of the teaching on campus is carried out in English by staff either seconded from Nottingham or appointed to The University of Nottingham’s standards.

staff teaching