Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China. Located in the Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has long been one of China’s most important cities. It is recognized as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. With an urban population of over seven million (2011), Nanjing is the second largest commercial center in the East China region after Shanghai.
Nanjing University (NJU), one of China’s key comprehensive universities under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education, dates from 1902 when it was known as Sanjiang Normal School. In 2012, QS World University Rankings ranked Nanjing University 168th overall in the world.