Introduction to Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU)

The Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) is a national key university found in the historic city of Xi’an – the cradle of Chinese civilization. It is the only multidisciplinary and research-oriented university in China that also focuses on developing research-based education programs in various fields such as aeronautics and marine engineering.

The main campus of Northwestern Polytechnical University.

About NPU

NPU works in partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). It is a top-tier university with a Ministry of Education Class A, Double First Class University distinction.

NPU is one of the best universities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The university has a historical legacy unlike no other. In 1960, NPU was legally approved as a key state university under the State Council. The university ranked in the top 15 of China’s 7th and 8th five-year plans. It is also one of the few universities to pioneer a graduate school.

The Northwestern Polytechnical University is an “Outstanding University Alliance” member. It has received numerous awards from different educational bodies in China. NPU follows the university motto, “Loyalty, Integrity, Courage, and Perseverance.”

The university continues to spread academic excellence in the west. It is fully committed to national defense and making a mark in the history of PRC. NPU visualizes itself as a world-class university, creating world-class, innovative changes.

Campus Location and Map

Buried Terracotta warriors of Xi’an.

The Northwestern Polytechnical University is located in the northwest province of Xi’an, Shaanxi Sheng, China. Xi’an is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. The place is made famous by the Terracotta Army of the Qin Dynasty, which is one of the great wonders of the world.

A 700-year old wall in Xi’an, Shaanxi Sheng, China.

The university has three well-equipped campuses. You can go from one campus to the other via a regular shuttle bus service provided by NPU. The travel time takes about one hour. Below is a map you can use to locate the two campuses of NPU.

A detailed map of Northwestern Polytechnic University.

Campus Life

NPU provides a vibrant and fun learning environment for students. You can choose from a wide array of activities, depending on your interest.


If you’re an artist by heart, NPU has a newly opened Arts Center that will give you guidance to hone your artistic talents even more. The Arts Education Center has a full-time faculty that will assist you throughout your practice. NPU also invites acclaimed artists as part-time instructors.

Today, NPU’s Arts Center has 16 courses. You can join in any of the activities such as the Dance Troupe, Vocal Music Performance Team, the Orchestra team and more. The center also hosts parties and regular performances every year.

New Year Gala held at the NPU Arts Center

Interested in joining sports? NPU has 5 professional sports teams available for you to join in. You can choose from the Track and Field, Men’s Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, Table Tennis and Badminton.

NPU is well known for its Men’s basketball team which is a strong contender in the University and College games in Shaanxi Province. In fact, it has won 16 championships since 1990. Besides this, the Men’s basketball team is also a top contingent in the CUBA games.

Setting aside professional athletics, you can join sports meets and activities if you just want to enjoy with university friends. NPU is fully equipped with many gymnasiums, training centers, track fields and more.


In addition to sports and art programs, NPU offers recreational and cultural activities, and exchange and volunteer programs. If you want to find new friends and like-minded people, NPU has 100 registered clubs where you can enjoy your hobbies and relax during your free time.

International Students at NPU

If you’re an international student, you can call the Northwestern Polytechnical University your second home. With an autonomous organization called NPU ISA (International Students Association), NPU ensures that you get the best of your stay in the university.

NPU-ISA gives you support to adjust to your new life in China. The organization will help you meet new people and friends and break cultural boundaries.

If you want to pursue higher education at the university, NPU has scholarships for international students.

NPU scholarships for international students.

Facilities at NPU

NPU is popular for its state-of-the-art facilities and buildings. The university has modern architecture while preserving its long-standing traditions and culture.

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