Jinan University is a public research and comprehensive university based in Tianhe District, Guangzhou city, Guangdong province, China. It is one of the oldest universities established on China tracing back to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).
Jinan University was founded in 1906 in Nanjing, whose mission is to spread Chinese learning and culture from North to South, and from China overseas. It is the first university in China to recruit foreign students, and is currently a Chinese university with the largest number of international students.  Jinan University is currently administered by both the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and the Chinese Ministry of Education. In 1996, it was included in the state’s Project 211 for development of key universities. In 2017, it was listed as one of the “double first-class universities”
Jinan University has 27 colleges, comprising 59 departments and offering 89 undergraduate major fields. Among the 55 departments, 43 offer master’s degree programs and 19 offer Ph.D degree-granting programs. There are 15 postdoctoral research stations, 182 research institutes and 77 labs in Jinan University.
There are 50,535 students in the university, including 10,767 graduates and 22,527 undergraduates. The number of overseas students, including foreign students, overseas Chinese students, students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, is 13,512.