Xiamen University has set up over 150 research institutions, including 2 State Key Laboratories, 1 State Engineering Research Centre, 5 Education Ministry Key Laboratories, and 5 state key research bases in humanities and social science. 16 research reports were published in internationally high-level academic journals such as Science, Nature, the Lancet, etc. 2 scientific research findings won the Second Class Prize of National Natural Science Award over the last 5 years. Xiamen University has strong potentiality in human and science research. Taiwan studies, Southeast Asian studies, economic studies, and accounting studies are at the highest tier among domestic universities.
Xiamen University has inter-university cooperative ties with over 170 institutions of higher education at home and abroad. Xiamen University has formally established multi-lateral cooperative relationship with seven other universities around the world by signing the Agreement on Global U7 Consortium in 2004. In 2005, there were 8 members of this group. Xiamen University vigorously promotes the campaign of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The university has co-established 13 Confucius Institutes with universities in North America, Europe, Africa, etc. Because of its especially favourable geographical location and advantageous human resources, it is the key university most actively engaged in cross-straits educational, scientific and cultural exchanges.
At present, Xiamen University’s 3 campuses cover over 600 hectares. With green hills behind and fronting the sea, Xiamen University is recognized as one of the most beautiful universities in China. Xiamen University has a constructed area of 1.4 million square meters and its libraries hold 3.77 million volumes (including 7,000 gigabytes electronic volumes). The scope and level of its high-speed information network on campus is rated at the top of all universities in China and has become the one of the main injunctions of CERNET2.
Xiamen University is now making great strides towards its goal of "building a high-level university well-known both at home and abroad."