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About Us


For more than 100 years, the School of Government (SOG) at Nanjing University has witnessed the formation of China's modern society and has been committed to creating and applying knowledge to promote the development of the governance system. After generations' unremitting efforts, SOG has developed into a research and teaching institution with profound academic foundation, integration of inheritance and innovation, and vigorous atmosphere, and SOG has become one of the leading schools in promoting the disciplines of politics and public administration in China

With the motto of "Integrating Instruments into Principles, With the Whole World in Mind" 「道器相济,兼有天下」and through conducting innovative research and nurturing students with both virtue and talent, SOG strives to promote the growth of China's governance civilization and enhance the quality of public life quality in Chinese communities and all over the world.


The disciplinary tradition of the School of Government (SOG)’s at Nanjing University was originated from the establishment of the Department of Politics at Southeast University(东南大学)and National Central University(国立中央大学) in 1921, as well as the Department of Politics at University of Nanking(金陵大学)in 1914, spanning over a century till now. In 1986, the Department of Politics was re-established at Nanjing University and later in 2002, the School of Public Administration was founded and renamed as the School of Government in 2009.

Features & Achievements

Following the philosophy of our disciplinary development, SOG conducted innovative research based on fundamental theories and applied research for empirical problems. In recent years, SOG has developed several research fields that are characterized with SOG’s academic spirits and competitive advantages in politics and public administration.

In the field of public administration, our key research areas include but not limited to: the foundational theory of government management, Chinese public policy processes, social security and basic public services, theory and practice of emergency management, as well as health risks and management, and they are all representative research fields in China’s academia.

In the politics arena, the following outstanding research areas have been developed with different concentrations, such as political concepts and discourse, political phenomenology, political philosophy and history of Western political thought, empirical research on political psychology and behavior, contemporary China’s state building and social transformation.

In the past decade, our major academic achievements include:

Ø  Ranked highly in the 4th & 5th disciplines evaluation by the Ministry of Education.

Ø  6 awards for outstanding achievements in humanities and social sciences research at higher education institutions by the Ministry of Education2013-2022.

Ø  67 National Social Science Fund of China & National Natural Science Fund of China 2013-2022.