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MOFCOM Scholarship for Master of Meteorology

I. Program Description

1. General Information

(1) Program Introduction

The degree education programs sponsored by Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China is designed to foster high-end business officials and managerial personnel for the recipient countries, offering one-year and two-year master programs as well as three-year doctoral programs for the purpose of educating high-end and inter-disciplinary talent working in the applied fields of government, trade, foreign affairs, agriculture, technology, education, culture, health, energy, transportation and public administration, building intellectual capacity and facilitating the economic and social development of the recipient countries. These programs provide assistance to governmental officials, research fellows, and senior managerial personnel on their master and doctor education in China, which are fully conducted in English. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, relevant working experiences, and decent physical conditions, essential for the high-compact curriculum needed for the degrees.

Starting from 2008, a number of 2,678 students from developing countries have attended these programs, until now, except for those who are in the middle of their studies, 1,088 of them have graduated and obtained master degrees. These graduates are now working in their specialties back in home and undertaking an increasingly significant role in the economic development cooperation between China and their home countries. 

Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, as one of the undertaker of the programs, takes full advantage of the preponderant discipline resources and has established its Master Program of Meteorology in English-medium. Meteorology is an applied science which relates to many other majors and has a close connection to human production and life. Since global climate change has become the big concern around the world, meteorology becomes not only a scientific study field in the academic world but also an influential factor on the global society, economy, governmental negotiation and decision, and the influence is getting more and more comprehensive and intensive. The reaction to the ever-changing climate and weather plays a more and more important role in the international safety and human well-being. However, the scientific research and work in the field of meteorology in developing countries as well as least developed countries have a rather late start, and their service can’t meet social needs.

The main objective of the Master Program of Meteorology is to cultivate the senior talents in both meteorological research and application, enable them to master the frontier technology and most updated development in meteorology, climate and climate changes, establish professional mode of thinking, get a firm grasp of professional technology and skills in meteorology and relevant subjects so as to improve the meteorological service level of their home countries.

As for the positive effects and good results brought by these programs in strengthening economic ties and friendship between China and the recipient countries, the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China will continuously intensify its efforts in enlarging the enrollment scale and improving the quality of education. We believe that by attending the programs and achieving the degrees, you will embrace a successful career and brighter future. 

(2) Prospective Students

Our prospective students are mid-to-senior level officials or managers from the government, universities, research institutions, NGOs and other public sectors, who have academic background required by NUIST and a good mastery of English language.  

(3) Program Objective

Cultivate high-end, compound, applicative talents in the field of meteorology.

(4) Enrollment Plan

ProgramEnrollment PlanTeaching LanguageProgram Duration
2017 Master of Meteorology20EnglishTwo-year

(5) Financial Aid

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce will provide funds from foreign aid to sponsor students from developing countries. The fund covers academic, administrative fees as well as basic living expenses of each student. The academic fees include tuition, fees of teaching materials, fees of research and survey, thesis instruction fees etc.; living expenses include accommodation fee, stipend, one-time settlement allowance, insurance fee etc. The one-time settlement allowance of 3,000 CNY/person will be paid to students directly. In terms of living expenses, it is 36,000 CNY/year per person for the master program, and 42,000 CNY/year per person for the doctoral program, and will be distributed to students gradually by the undertaking university. The rest expenses should be managed by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce or the undertaking university rather than granting to students.   

2. University Information

(1) Introduction to NUIST

Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology is located in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province. As one of the four famous ancient capitals in China, Nanjing is reputed as the “capital of six dynasties” and “metropolis of ten dynasties” with a long history and profound culture. It is one of the vital birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Located in the Yangtze River Delta as an important comprehensive industrial base, with rapid and convenient transportation around the nation, Nanjing has developed into an industrial pattern featuring harmonious development of advanced manufacturing industry and modern service industry with electronic information, petrochemical industry, automobile manufacture and steel industry as its pillar, supported by rising economy such as software and service outsourcing, smart grid, wind and photovoltaic energy and rail transit, etc. Nanjing ranks No. 5 among top 50 cities in China in terms of comprehensive economic strength, and it is recognized internationally as one of the cities in the Asia-Pacific region with best developing foreground in 21st century. Nanjing is a modern city with vitality, charms and full potentials. 

Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), founded in 1960 and renamed from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology in 2004, was designated in 1978 as one of the key institutions of higher learning in China. NUIST is a national-level key university co-constructed by the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the China Meteorological Administration (CMA). It is also co-established by the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA). NUIST has a complete higher education system with undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral programs as well as post-doctoral research centers. The discipline of Atmospheric Science ranks No. 1 in the national discipline evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education of China, and it has great influence in the world.

Currently, NUIST has over 30,000 undergraduates, more than 1,500 full-time teachers. There are more than 60 talents including academicians, experts of the “One Thousand Talent Project”, distinguished professors of Jiangsu Province, experts of Programs of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Jiangsu Province, as well as 10 outstanding teams including the National Teaching Team, the Innovation Team of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Expert Teams of Program of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Jiangsu Province, etc.. Over 75% of the full-time teachers have doctor’s degrees and 56% of them have experiences of studying or working abroad. NUIST consists of 23 schools and colleges, namely, School of Atmospheric Science, School of Applied Meteorology, School of Remote Sensing, School of Atmospheric Physics, School of Hydrometeorology, School of Marine Sciences, School of Information and Control, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Computer and Software, School of Mathematics and Statistics, School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, School of Public Administration, School of Marxism, School of Economics and Management, School of Languages and Cultures, School of Media and Art, School of Continuing Education, School of Vocational Technical Education, Binjiang College, College of International Students, Reading Academy and Department of Sports as well as 20 provincial and ministerial scientific research institutions including the Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, the Collaborative Innovation Center on Atmospheric Environment and Equipment Technology, the first batch of international joint laboratory approved by MOE, i.e. the International Joint Laboratory on Climate and Environmental Change, Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disasters of MOE, Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics and Atmospheric Environment Meteorological Disaster of the CMA, China Institute of Manufacturing Industry Development as well as the Academic Institute of Climate Change and Public Policy, etc.

Occupying an area of 140 hectares, NUIST now has a floor area of almost 679,000 square meters for various uses. The university boasts 27 experimental teaching centers and 2 of them are listed as the national demonstrations of experimental teaching centers, i.e. the Experimental Teaching Center of Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Meteorology and Virtual Simulation Experimental Teaching Center of Atmospheric Science and Meteorological Information. With a total collection of 2.11 million paper documents and 40 databases as well as 1.68 million e-books in Chinese and foreign languages, 19,000 electronic periodicals and 1,596 paper periodicals, the library of NUIST has the most complete literature on atmospheric sciences among all the universities in China. 

NUIST has a batch of key disciplines in both state and provincial levels and some brand and characteristic majors in China and Jiangsu Province. There are now 55 undergraduate majors covering the 8 main subject categories, namely science, engineering, management, literature, economics, law, agriculture and art. The master and doctor degree programs almost cover all the undergraduate majors. NUIST has established and effectively managed a disciplinary system of “macro meteorology”. The disciplines as Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science and Engineering and Sensor Network and Modern Meteorological Equipment have been approved in the first phase of the Advantageous Discipline Construction Program in Jiangsu Province. In recent years, on the basis of advantageous subjects, NUIST has established a harmonious discipline system of atmospheric science, marine science, information science, environmental science, management and basic science.

Over time the core values of NUIST have been defined by the traditions of “austerity, diligence, truth-seeking and self-motivation” and the motto of “promotion of virtue, investigation of nature, cultivation of self and construction of society”. Its education is oriented to cultivate “elite, international and skilled” talents. So far, more than 80,000 students have graduated from NUIST. They win good reputations among the employers by their down-to-earth attitude and outstanding capability. Many alumni have become well-known scientists, scholars and senior management staff home and abroad. Among them, there are academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Royal Academy of Sciences, high-ranking leaders in the government and senior officers of WMO. NUIST won the First Prize in National Teaching Achievements Award with its project of “Establishment and Practice of Cultivation Mode of Macro Meteorology Talents under the Joint Construction System”. NUIST students won the Gold Award of the First National Internet+ Contest of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for College Students, the only Special Award in National Mathematical Modeling Contest----“Higher Education Press Cup”, the First Prize in National University Students “Challenge Cup” Competition, the First Prize in the National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest, the Grand Prize of National Robot Competition, etc. NUIST Male Volleyball Team won the Champion in the 2015-2016 Volleyball League of Chinese Universities. 

NUIST attaches great importance to scientific and technological innovation. During the recent five years, NUIST has been actively taking part in more than 2900 national programs including National 973 Project, National 863 Project, National Science-Technology Support Plan Project, Public Welfare Profession Science Project, Projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the National Social Science Foundation of China, etc. Besides, NUIST has more than 1800 authorized patents. In 2015, NUIST was granted 131 projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and obtained science and technology funds of 433 million CNY. In recent years, NUIST vigorously promotes the commercialization of research outputs, industrialization as well as construction of the university science park. It sighed cooperation agreements and conducted meteorological equipment development with China Huayun Group, American I. M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) and VAISALA Meteorological Measurements Technology Co., Ltd. Hundreds of scientific and technological rewards both on national and provincial levels have been awarded to the university teachers, including the Special Award and the first prize of National Award for Science and Technology Progress, as well as international rewards like Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, WMO NORBERT GERBIER-MUMM Award, Award of Excellence of Scientific Achievement of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Holton Junior Scientist Award of American Geophysical Union and You Bring Charm to the World Award, etc. A number of research papers were published in the top ranked journals like Nature, Science, etc.

NUIST has established cooperative relationship with 48 famous overseas universities and colleges from 15 different countries including the Yale University, the University of Wisconsin in US, the University of Hawaii, Florida State University, the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M University, the University of Manchester, the University of Reading in UK, the University of Toronto in Canada, the University of Hamburg in Germany. NUIST set up the Confucius Institute at the College of the Bahamas and was admitted to the programs of Chinese Government Scholarship, the Confucius Institute Scholarship, Jasmine Jiangsu Provincial Government Scholarship and Nanjing Municipal Government Scholarship. In 2016, there were 1422 international students from 111 countries studying at NUIST. To date, the WMO Regional Training Centre Nanjing at NUIST has trained over 3000 senior meteorological technical and managerial personnel for 153 countries and regions and become the world’s largest training center with a top quality of WMO.

(2) Introduction to School of Atmospheric Science

School of Atmospheric Science is the one with longest history in NUIST, boasting of its advantageous and unique discipline. The discipline of Atmospheric Science was awarded as the provincial key discipline (Level 1) in Jiangsu province in 2008, the advantage discipline among Jiangsu provincial universities in 2011 and 2014 and ranked No. 1 in the national discipline evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education of China in 2012. In 2015, the geosciences became top 1 % of the ESI international discipline ranking for the first time.

The major of Atmospheric Science of the school aims to cultivate the high-level specialized talent with solid basic theories, knowledge and applicative skills in the field of atmospheric science. The school has three master programs, namely Meteorology, Climate System and Climate Change, and Meteorology Information Technology. It has a first-level doctoral discipline Atmospheric Science and three second-level doctoral disciplines namely Meteorology, Climate System and Climate Change, and Meteorology Information Technology. Moreover, the school has the station for post-doctoral research in the field of atmospheric science.

The school has a team of 157 dynamic and enterprising faculty and staff, including 112 teachers and 19 instructors of practical teaching. It has 42 professors and researchers, 28 associate professors and associate researchers, 51 doctoral supervisors, 57 master’s supervisors and 11 non-fulltime oversea experts. All faculties under the age of 50 hold PhD degree and 83% of them have oversea study or work experiences. “The State Excellent Teaching Group”, “The Excellent Discipline Team of Jiangsu Provincial Youth Excellence Project” and “The Excellent Discipline Team of Jiangsu Provincial University” are members of the school faculty. So far, the School of Atmospheric Science has cultivated 6 distinctive and stable research fields within the scope of atmospheric science: atmospheric circulation and its dynamic process, interactions of monsoon and air-land-sea, numeral model and weather forecast, meteorological data processing and assimilation application, mesoscale meteorology and typhoon, climate change and regional response. The school has achieved fruitful scientific achievements and enjoys a leading reputation in the domestic atmospheric science field. The teachers won more than 140 awards of science and technology at various levels, including 3 international awards, 2 National Prizes for Natural Sciences, 8 National Prizes for Progress in Science and Technology, 11 National Scientific Conference Awards, 15 Provincial Awards of Science and Technology Progress and 4 Provincial Scientific Conference Awards, etc. Prof. WANG Bin, Overseas Dean of the School, was awarded the top international award in the field of atmospheric science—Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal. 

The school has the Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disaster of the Ministry of Education, Jiangsu Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center of “Pre-Warning and Assessment of Meteorological Disaster Forecast”, Nanjing Atmospheric Statistics Center of National Natural Science Foundation, Civil Aviation Meteorology Research Center and other important provincial scientific research organizations. The School of Atmospheric Science has established “International Joint Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Change” with the University of Hawaii, the Florida State University, the University of Oklahoma and other famous universities, which becomes one of the first three international joint laboratories approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. In 2012, the “Practical Education Base of NUIST-CMA Meteorological Detection Center” was chosen as the national off-campus practical education base. In 2013, the “Experimental Teaching Center of Atmospheric Science and Environmental Meteorology” was selected as the national experiment teaching demonstration center. In 2014, its “Atmospheric Science and Meteorology Information” became the national virtual simulation experiment teaching center. 

The school has cultivated lots of high quality research and management talents, including 3 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The credits and diploma are widely acknowledged by renowned universities and research institutions at home and abroad. The school is the one who has cultivated most professional backbones, academic leaders and outstanding scientists in the field of Meteorology at home and abroad. By 2016, 58 international students from 27 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, South Asia, Middle East and Africa studied in the School of Atmospheric Science, NUIST and graduated with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, among which 55 were graduates. Currently, 83 meteorological international students are studying in the School of Atmospheric Science, including 26 undergraduates, 46 masters and 11 PhD students. Among the masters, 15 students are sponsored by the 2015 Master Program of Meteorology of Ministry of Commerce PRC, and 20 students are sponsored by the 2016 Master Program of Meteorology of Ministry of Commerce PRC. 

(3) Living Conditions on Campus

(a) Accommodation

International students’ dormitory includes single rooms and double rooms, both offering independent toilet, heater, air conditioner and furniture. Inside the dormitory, there are public kitchens and laundry as well. The dormitory offers free campus internet for international students. Students can also choose to pay for internet service provided by China Mobile or China Unicom. University wireless internet service is available in students’ dorms. 

The Dorm Chief, administrators and cleaning workers are in charge of dorm management and service. International students are requested to enter the dorm buildings by swiping his or her campus e-card. On the ground floor of the double room building, there are convenience stores, snack bars, copy and print shops, etc., which brings conveniences to students’ life. 

(b) Dining

Five large students’ canteens are located on campus, offering a diversity of food and dishes with a reasonable price. There is also a Muslim restaurant on the mid-campus. Different kinds of small restaurants and snack bars are located in the living areas of the campus, offering Chinese food, Korean food and western food to international students. Students can buy fresh food materials in the nearby market.

(c) Sports Facilities

The university has 3 standard track and field stadiums and 58 outdoor sports complex, including basketball courts, volleyball courts and tennis courts. It has 2 gymnasiums with indoor basketball arena, volleyball arena, badminton arena, table tennis arena, competition hall, physical training hall, martial art hall, squash hall, fitness and exercising center, etc. The sports facilities can meet the needs of daily physical education classes, training for sports teams and students’ extracurricular activities. 

(d) Library

There are 11 large-size book lending rooms, 11 medium-size book lending rooms, 2 intensive stacks, 3 e-reading rooms, a multimedia reading room and a training room for readers inside the university library. Its 370 computers allow students to conduct digital resources query, reading, download and internet surfing and also realize the functions of internship, exams and training. Besides, it has a video hall with 150 seats as well as a modern smart academic lecture hall. The modernized library is full of rich culture atmosphere. 

The documentation collections of the library cover various fields, featuring the atmospheric science. It has a comprehensive collection system with rational construction to the needs of specialty setting, boasting of multiple disciplines, multilingual languages and multi-carriers. The library is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. In winter and summer holidays, it is open from Monday to Friday. The service of electronic resources is available 24 hours each day. As a member of Jiangsu universities who share literature recourses, the library offers the service of interlibrary loan with the majority of university libraries in Jiangsu province.

(e) Places for Individual Study

All the classrooms of teaching buildings are open for students to study if it is not class hours. Book lending rooms and study rooms in the library are available too. International students’ computer room, data room and 15 classrooms are located in the south building of Reading Academy, only open for international students. During winter and summer holidays, international students who stay on campus can use these classrooms for study. 

(f) Other Services

School clinic, internet center, e-card center, students’ activity center, theater, supermarkets, post office, laundry shop, barbershop, variety store, China Telecom and China Mobile agencies, ATM service zones and other life facilities are fully equipped inside the campus and can meet all students’ needs. The metro station “Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology “in metro line S8 is in front of the main gate and provides an easy access to all the students .

3. Teaching Arrangements

(1) Course Arrangements

(a) Curriculum

Students must obtain at least 32 credits from the following courses:

Type of CourseCourse NameCredit HoursCreditSemesterRemark
Elementary CoursesSurvey of China6441,28 Credits
Chinese Language6441,2
Specialized CoursesAdvanced Atmospheric Dynamics51329 Credits
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics5132
Meso-and Micro-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics5132
Compulsory CoursesOutline of Atmospheric Science342113 Credits
Synoptic Analysis and Practice5131
Modern Meteorological Statistical Method5132
Global Climate System3421
Advanced Numerical Simulation of Climate5131
Selective CoursesAtmospheric Data Assimilation3422Select no less than 4 credits
Short-range Climate Prediction and Practice3422
Current Weather Discussion3422
Frontier Academic Seminar3422

Note: Selective courses will be organized with a class scale of no less than 8 students.

(b) Course Introduction

Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics: It is the study of those motions of the atmosphere that are associated with weather and climate. A primary goal of dynamic meteorology is to interpret the observed structure of large-scale atmospheric motions in terms of the physical laws governing the motions. These laws, which express the conservation of momentum, mass, and energy, completely determine the relationships among the pressure, temperature, and velocity fields.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: It introduces the fundamental dynamical concepts of large-scale motions of the oceans and atmosphere. Two features that are common to many of the phenomena studied in geophysical fluid dynamics are rotation of the fluid due to the planetary rotation and stratification (layering). We emphasize on introducing inviscid shallow-water theory. The fluid is assumed to be incompressible. Remarkably, this works well even for a highly compressible fluid like air as long as sound and shock waves can be ignored. The shallow water waves include Poincare wave, boundary-trapped Kelvin waves and Rossby wave. The concept of quasi-geostrophic motion, and the mechanism of Rossby waves, inertial boundary currents, the beta-plane, energy propagation, and wave interaction are also introduced to understand some of the fundamental phenomenon of large-scale motions of the oceans and atmosphere. 

Meso-and Micro-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics: It studies the mesoscale and micro-scale atmospheric motion systems and their impacting on weather. The major contents in this course include the features of mesoscale atmospheric motions and the equation sets, the topographic mesoscale systems, the gravity waves in free atmosphere, the mesoscale convective systems (MCSs), the instabilities of atmosphere and their relationship with convections, the factors influencing the development of MCSs, the secondary circulations near front –jet streak systems, as well as the mesoscale weather diagnosis and forecasting etc. It contains the most important subjects in the research area of the mesoscale meteorology 

Outline of Atmospheric Science: It covers broad aspects of atmospheric sciences including atmospheric thermodynamics, atmospheric radiation, world climate, atmospheric numerical modeling, atmospheric dynamics etc. As it is a survey kind course, many concepts in atmospheric sciences are introduced, including the structure, energy, and motions of the atmosphere; climate; fronts and cyclones; clouds and precipitation; weather forecasting; and severe storms. The course includes several homework tasks and a final exam. The students are also required to finish a group presentation project and one modeling project individually. 

Synoptic Theory and Comprehensive Practice: Its purpose is to instruct students to understand the basic synoptic theory and the features of the atmosphere activity, and then analyze the evolution of the weather systems correctly. The teaching is aimed at cultivating students’ practical ability and to make students grasp the analysis method of synoptic chart and various technological requirements and initially master forecast methods depended mainly on weather charts by closely combined the theory with the actual cases. 

Modern Meteorological Statistical Method: It introduces common statistical methods in scientific research and forecast service on the basis of probability theory, mathematical statistics and linear algebra. The course consists of nine chapters, namely 1) meteorological data and its expression method; 2) selecting the maximum information forecast factors; 3) regression analysis; 4) the climate trend analysis; 5) climate stability test; 6) the Empirical Orthogonal Function analysis of meteorological fields; 7) cluster analysis; 8) meteorological statistics method application in scientific research; 9) meteorological statistical method application in forecast service. By learning this course, students learn to use statistical methods to engage in scientific research, operational forecast ability and for the future to continue their education or business foundation.

Global Climate System: It provides the understanding to the students about the concept and components of the global climate system and major findings within the areas of interest,along with an introduction to the fundamentals of the theory and classical statistical methods used to detect the climate variability and how to make reasonable climate prediction. Also included in this course are the mean status and its variability of the general atmospheric circulation, the low frequency atmospheric fluctuation and teleconnection, the interactions among ocean,land and atmosphere, as well as a brief introduction of the numerical modeling of the climate system and its major elements, and etc., which are the most fundamentals for understanding how the climate system really works, the climate variation and making climate prediction. How to predict the China summer precipitation is given as an example in the last part to show and summarize the idea and process of short-term climate prediction.

Advanced Numerical Simulation of Climate: It aims to present the basic equations used in mesoscale climate models, as well as different numerical methods by which we solve these equations. Heavy programming practice will be assigned in this course and the students are hence required to have prior knowledge in advanced mathematics and programming language e.g. FORTRAN. There is no final exam for the course, however, the students are required to do varies background reading and submit a final report by the end of the semester. The students are also expected to finish a modeling project during the semester, which consists of constructing a mesoscale model and running simple simulations.  

Atmospheric Data Assimilation: It is an important major course for numerical weather prediction. Data assimilation combines observed data with model to produce the “best” description of the atmospheric state in a statistically optimal manner, constrained by model physics. It takes into account relative errors of observations and model. Currently, the development of data assimilation technique has become the most efficient measure to improve weather forecasts. Data assimilation also improves on data by filling observation gaps, combining disparate data into coherent products and adds temporal consistency, which is indispensable for weather and climate researches. 

Short-range Climate Prediction and Practice: It provides the student with an introduction to the fundamentals of the theory and classical statistical methods used to detect the climate variability and how to make reasonable climate prediction by series of practical cases. Also included in this course are the mean status along with its variability of the general atmospheric circulation, the low frequency atmospheric fluctuation and etc., which are the most fundamentals for understanding the climate variation and making climate prediction. How to predict the China summer precipitation is given as an example in the last part to show and summarize the basic idea and steps of climate prediction.

(c) Teaching Staff

① ZHU Bin

Prof. ZHU Bin is the Secretary of the Party committee of School of Atmospheric Physics. His research field is atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric environment, focusing on the numerical simulation of atmospheric chemistry, observation of atmospheric environment and data analysis. 

② ZHI Xiefei

Prof. ZHI Xiefei is the Executive Editor-in-chief of Transactions of Atmospheric Sciences. His research field includes numerical weather prediction, monsoon dynamics, short-term climate prediction and climate change. 

③ YIN Yan

Prof. YIN Yan is the Dean of School of Atmospheric Physics and the Chief of CMA Key Laboratory of Aerosol and Cloud Precipitation. His research mainly focuses on physics of cloud and precipitation and weather modification, atmospheric aerosol and its climate and environmental effects, meso-and micro-scale convective weather system. 

④ ZHU Weijun

Prof. ZHU Weijun is the Secretary of the Party committee of School of Marine Science. His research field is abnormal and modeling of general atmospheric circulation, observations and modeling of the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, short-term climate prediction and modeling.

⑤ JIANG Yong

Prof. JIANG Yong is the Dean of School of Mathematics and Statistics. His research field includes computing mathematics, space weather, applied mathematics and computer application.  

⑥ ZHAO Yu

Dr. ZHAO Yu is an associate professor of School of Atmospheric Science. Her research mainly focuses on meso-and micro-scale atmospheric dynamics and numerical simulation, formation mechanism of disaster weather.

⑦ XU Xiaofeng

Dr. XU Xiaofeng is an associate professor of School of Atmospheric Physics. His research field is remote sensing of atmospheric aerosol and atmospheric radiation. 

⑧ JING Yuanshu

Prof. JING Yuanshu is a professor of School of Applied Meteorology. His research focuses on agriculture meteorology, applied meteorology and ecological environment. 

⑨ SHOU Shaowen

Prof. SHOU Shaowen is a professor of School of Atmospheric Science. His research field is synoptic and dynamic meteorology and mesoscale atmospheric dynamics. 

(2) Teaching Methods

It is an English-medium program. Class teaching will combine theory with practice and adopt various teaching methods, such as lectures, case analysis, internship practice, etc. 

(3) Class Sessions

Students shall register at the University from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2017.

The supervisor and the students stipulate the cultivation plan within two weeks since registration. Students shall finish all the courses and obtain requested credits in the first and second semesters. Students shall finish the medium inspection at the beginning of the third semester. Students shall finish the topic selection and the dissertation proposal before the end of the third semester. Students shall finish the dissertation defense in the fourth semester.

Students are supposed to graduate and depart from China before July 15, 2019.

(4) Dissertation

(a) The whole dissertation or part of it shall reach the level of publication in international or domestic core journals. Students are encouraged to public academic papers in published journals during the study at NUIST with the student being the first author or the supervisor being the first author and the student the second.

(b) Students shall attend the medium-term inspection at the beginning of the third semester. Those who fail in the inspection cannot apply for the dissertation defense.

(c) The dissertation format refers to The Format of NUIST Postgraduates’ dissertation defense.

(d) The dissertation and its defense can be done in Chinese or English. If the dissertation is written in English, its abstract must be in Chinese.

(5) Degree-granting

Students will be awarded master’s degree when they obtain 32 credits and pass the dissertation defense which is approved by the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee. 

NUIST shall grant international students the degree certificate uniformly printed by the Office of the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council. The certificate is written in Chinese, and it can be translated into English copy. The degree certificate conferred on international students is equally authentic with domestic students’. 

II. Application Instruction

1. Requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

(1) Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid passport, abide by laws and regulations of People’s Republic of China and the regulations of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, and show proper respect for Chinese customs.

(2) Applicants must be staff members from meteorological administrations, higher educational institutes, scientific or academic institutions, or non-government organizations in developing counties. Applicants must obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology or relevant majors and with good English proficiency and relevant work experience and under the age of 45. 

(3) Applicants who are not native English speakers are required to present English Language Proficiency Certificate. If the undergraduate education was in English, applicants shall submit a certificate of the English-medium education. Otherwise, language tests such as new TOEFL 85 (or better) or IELTS 6.0 (or better) or other documents which can prove the English proficiency of the applicant shall be submitted. 

(4) The candidates must be healthy and must not have any disease or situation listed below:

(a) Diseases prohibited by Chinese Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laws and Regulations;

(b) Other severe chronic diseases like high blood pressure, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes; 

(c) Psychological diseases; 

(d) Other infectious diseases which may have a serious impact on public health;

(e) In recovery period after major surgery or acute disease attacks;

(f) With severe physical disability;

(g) Pregnancy. 

 (5) Only applicants recommended by the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of Chinese Embassy in the country that accords with the candidate’s nationality will be considered.

2. Procedures

(1) Application to NUIST

Please log onto NUIST’s online application system (http://nuist.17gz.org/member/login.do), register an applicant account, fill in personal information and upload required application documents (please select "MOFCOM Scholarship").

Please be noted that:

(a) Please register with valid email address, or you cannot activate your account (do not use @naver email box).

(b) After successful registration, an account activate link will be sent to your email. Please activate your account by clicking the link.

(c) Please choose the program of “MOFCOM Scholarship” when you start the online application. 

(2) Application to Chinese Government Scholarship

Please visit the online application system of Chinese Scholarship Council at http://laihua.csc.edu.cn/, and register for an account. Select the program “Chinese Government Scholarship”, fill in all the required information, and an application form will come into being. Print out the form, put on a hand-written name and date, and then post a photo on it. To complete the form successfully, please note the following information:

(a) Please choose Program Category Type B when you start the online application.

(b) The Agency No. of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology is 10300 and the Major is “Meteorology”.

(3) Materials

DocumentsRequirements
1Chinese Government Scholarship Application FormPlease visit http://laihua.csc.edu.cn/, fill in the application form, print it out, sign, date, and post a photo on it.
2DegreesAn original copy and a photocopy need to be prepared for each degree. 
3Official TranscriptsTranscripts must list all courses taken and all scores obtained.
4Research PlanA study plan includes the information of goals set for each study stage, the tasks and research activities planned during the study duration, etc. 
5Recommendation LettersTwo recommendation letters are required: one by a superior in the institution where the applicant works; the other by a professor who knows the applicant well. 
6English Language Proficiency Test ResultsApplicants who are not native English speakers or whose undergraduate education was not conducted in English shall provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores or other sufficient English proficiency certificate.
7Physical Examination FormThe health form shall be issued within one month before the submission of application, showing that the applicant carries no infectious diseases which may have a serious impact on public health or fall into any of the health situations prohibited by China’s Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laws and Regulations.
8Photocopy of a Valid Passport 

The passport must be a personal regular passport.

All successful candidates must enter China and register with NUIST using the same passport as used for applying for the program.

9Other Supporting MaterialsPublished academic papers or other academic achievements (if any); certificates of awards and training (if any), etc.

 (4) Submission 

(a) Submit all the application materials listed in the above table in both hard copy and scanned copy to the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of Chinese Embassy. For emails and addresses of the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Offices, please visit http://www.china-aibo.cn/ (click its English version).

(b) Submit a written request to the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office of Chinese Embassy for an official recommendation letter and clearly state whether the applicant is willing to be considered for a similar program at other universities if the program at NUIST is already full. Other special requests can be put forward too if any. 

Reminders:

a) All the documents to be submitted should be in Chinese or English. Otherwise, a notarized copy in Chinese or English is required. 

b) An original copy of degrees, transcripts and language certificates must be presented for on-site verification.

c) Applicants will get back all the hard-copy materials, both original copies and photocopies from the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office. If admitted, they must take the documents to China for verification and submit them to NUIST during registration.  

3. Deadline

The application deadline is June 30, 2017. 

III. Other Important Information

1. Contact 

Contact person: Ms. CAI Yi (Candy)

E-mail: caiyi@nuist.edu.cn 

Tel: (86-25) 58699848

Fax: (86-25) 58699856

Website: http://www.globenuist.cn

Mailing address: College of International Students, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, 219 Ningliu Road, Pukou District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. 

2. Others

(1) All the application documents will not be returned whether the application is successful or not. 

(2) Chinese government will not explain the details of admission whether applicants are admitted or not. 

(3) All the expenses related to spouses and children’s visiting China are not covered by the scholarship program. 

(4) The formalities of entering China and other requirements will be informed in the admission documents.