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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 was established in 2008, 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.
The programs undertake an increasingly significant role in the economic development cooperation between China and the home countries of students, and are thought highly of by the governments of these countries.
The discipline of Atmospheric Science of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technologyis a state-level key discipline, Jiangsu provincial key discipline and one of the Jiangsu universities’ preponderant disciplines. It ranks No. 1 in the national third-round and fourth-round discipline evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education People’s Republic of China in 2012 and 2017.As one of the undertakers of the programs,Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology takes full advantage of the preponderant discipline resources and has established its Master Program of Meteorology in English-medium, whose research orientations include Dynamics of Atmospheric Circulation Anomaly, Monsoon and Air-sea-land Interaction, Typhoon and Meso-and Micro-scale Meteorology, Data Assimilation and Numerical Forecasting, Climatic Numerical Modeling, Weather Forecast Theory and Method, Short-term Climate Prediction, Climate Change and Regional Effect, Hydrometeorology, etc.
The sustainable development of all the countries have been influenced by the changes of global climate and the worsening situation of weather disasters and atmospheric pollution, and the climate changes and disaster prevention and reduction become the major concern of governments and people asa social and scientific issue and one of the focuses of international diplomatic negotiation. Therefore, it has become a world consensus to adopt sound adaptation measures to cope with these threats. However, most developing countries have a quite low level of meteorology service, and their meteorology service capacity and measurements could not satisfy the needs of disaster prevention and reduction, emergency management and coping with regional climate changes.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 atmospheric science, 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.
(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 and applicative talents in the field of meteorology.
(4) Enrollment Plan

Major Enrollment PlanTeaching LanguageProgram Duration
Master Program of Meteorology 20 EnglishTwo-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 and administrative fees as well as basic living expenses and round-tripinternational air ticketsof each student. Students enjoy a waiver of tuition, fees of basic teaching materials, fees of field study and survey, allowance of English-taught courses and fees of thesis instruction. The university provides students with free on-campus accommodation and buys comprehensive medical insurance for students. 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 one-time settlement allowance of 3,000 CNY/person will be paid to students directly. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce offers round-trip international air tickets. For students of one-year programs, it offers a round-trip air ticket upon registration and graduation, and for students of two-year (or above) programs, it offers a round-trip air ticket upon registration and graduation as well asn-1 time (“n” is the program duration) round-trip air ticket for a home visit.The rest expenses should be managed by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce or the undertaking university rather than granting to students. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce only sponsors students during the designated academic years, and will not continue to offer sponsorship if students extend their studies.
2. University Information
(1) Introduction to NUIST

Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology is located in Nanjing, the capital city of JiangsuProvince. 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 photovoltaicenergy 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. Nanjingis a modern city with vitality, charms and full potentials.
Nanjing University of Information Science & 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, over 3,200 postgraduates and 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.. 79.7% of the full-time teachers have doctor’s degrees and over 60% of them have experiences of studying or working abroad. NUIST consists of 25 schools and colleges, namely, School of Atmospheric Science, School of Applied Meteorology, School of Atmospheric Physics, School of Geographical Science, School of Remote Sensingand Surveying & Mapping Engineering,School of Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, School of Marine Sciences,School of Environmental Science and Engineering,School of Information and Control,School of Electronic and Information Engineering,School of Computer and Software,School of Mathematics and Statistics,School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, School of Law and Politics,School of Marxism, School of Management Engineering, School of Business, School of Arts, School of Media and Arts,College of International Students,Reading Academy,School of Continuing Education,School of Applied Technology, Department of Sports and Chang Wang College, 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 2.33 million paper documents and 53 databases as well as 1.68 millione-books in Chinese and foreign languages, 19,000 electronic periodicals and 1,884 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 2016, NUIST was granted 121 projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and obtained science and technology funds of 478 millionCNY.NUIST vigorously promotes the commercialization and industrialization of research outputs, and established several engineering centers, such as the National Technology Transfer Center and the Jiangsu Provincial Engineering Center of Meteorological Sensor Network Technology.Hundreds of scientific and technological rewards both on national and provincial levels have been awarded to the university teachers, including the Special Award of National Award for Science and Technology Progress, as well as international rewards like Carl-GustafRossby Research Medal, 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 2017, there were 1553 international students from 120 countries studying at NUIST. To date, the WMO Regional Training Centre Nanjing at NUIST has trained over 3300 senior meteorological technical and managerial personnel for 154 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 ofits advantageous and unique discipline. The discipline ofAtmospheric 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 ranked No. 1 in the third-round and fourth-round national discipline evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education of China in 2012 and 2017.
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 hastwo master programs, namely Meteorology, and Climate System and Climate Change. It has a first-level doctoral discipline Atmospheric Science and two second-level doctoral disciplines namely Meteorology, and Climate System and Climate Change. 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, 51doctoral supervisors, 57master’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 school has the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Talents Team of Jiangsu Province, the Excellent Technology Innovation Team of Jiangsu Universities in “Typhoon and Meso-and Micro-scale Meteorology” and “Data Assimilation and Meso- and Micro-scale Meteorology”, the Technology Innovation Team of University Youth Excellence Project in Jiangsu Province in “Climate Modeling and Forecast” and “East Asia Monsoon and Regional Climate Changes”, and the Excellent Talents Team of Jiangsu “Six Talent Peaks Project” in “Climate Diagnosis and Prediction”. It has also established the innovation teams in the study and application of data assimilation, climate dynamics and the earth system model.
So far, 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-GustafRossby 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 2017, 116 international students from 40 countries graduated with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees fromthe School of Atmospheric Science, NUIST, among which 102 were graduates. Currently, 70 meteorological international students are studying in the school, including 16 undergraduates, 41 masters and 13 PhD students. Among the masters, 20 students are sponsored by the 2016 Master Program of Meteorology of Ministry of Commerce PRC, and 13 students are sponsored by the 2017 Master Program of Meteorology of Ministry of Commerce PRC.
(3) Living Conditions on Campus
(a) Climate of Nanjing

Nanjing has four distinct seasons with plenty of rainfalls. Its mean annual temperature is 15.4°C, and its mean annual precipitation is 1106 ml. The spring and autumn of Nanjing is short, while its winter and summer is long with a significant difference in temperature. The lowest temperature in winter is below 0 °C, and people wear down coats or thick cotton-padded jackets. The summer is very hot with a high temperature above 35 °C, and people wear summer clothing.
(b) Accommodation
Students live in the single-room dormitory on campus. There isan independent washroom, heater, air conditioner and furniture inside the room. There are public kitchens and a laundry as well inside the dormitory building. The dormitory offers free campus internet for international students. Students can also choose topay 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. Students are requested to enter the dormitory building by swiping their campus e-card.
(c) Dining
Six large 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 restaurantsand 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.
(d) Sports Facilities
The university has 3standard 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 physicaleducation classes, training for sports teams and students’extracurricular activities.
(e) 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 literaturerecourses, the library offers the service of interlibrary loan with the majority of university libraries in Jiangsu Province.
(f) 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.
(g) Other Services
School clinic, student counseling center, 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 & 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 34 credits from the following courses:

Type of CourseCourse NameCredit HoursCredit Semester Remark

Elementary Courses 
China Overview 64 1,2 8 Credits
 Chinese 64 1,2 
Degree Courses AdvancedAtmospheric Dynamics 48 9 Credits
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 48 2
Meso-and Micro-ScaleWeather Dynamics  48 2
Compulsory Courses Introduction to Atmospheric Science 32 13 Credits
Principle and Practice of Synoptic Meteorology48 3  1
Modern Meteorological Statistical Method 48 3  2
Global Climate System 32 
Advanced Atmospheric Numerical Simulation  48 2
Selective Courses Data Assimilation in Meteorology 32 Select no less than 4 credits

Practice of Short-term Climate Prediction 32  2
Current Weather Discussion 32  2
Frontier Lectures and Discussions 32  2

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-ScaleAtmospheric 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
ZHI Xiefei(Ph.D, Professor)

Prof. ZHI Xiefei is the Executive Editor-in-chief of Transactions of Atmospheric Sciences. His research field includes numericalweatherprediction, monsoon dynamics, short-term climate prediction and climatechange.
ZHU Weijun(Ph.D, Professor)
Prof. ZHU Weijun researches in abnormal and modeling of general atmospheric circulation, observations and modeling of the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, short-term climate prediction and modeling.
WANG Jianhong(Ph.D, Professor)
Prof. WANG Jianhong researches in meteorology, marine meteorology, atmospheric and ocean dynamics. The specific research contents regional ocean and atmospheric numerical simulation, regional air sea interaction and mode coupling, weather radar monitoring products refinement application, atmospheric and oceanic vortex system dynamic structure and so on.
Professor WANG Wen(Ph.D, Associate Professor)
Prof. WANG Wen researches in meteorological dynamics, climate analysis, and drought mechanism.
Professor WEI Ming(Ph.D, Professor)
Research direction: radar digital image processing, radar quantitative measurement of precipitation, quality control and analysis of Doppler radar data, wind field retrieval and assimilation of Doppler radar, variational assimilation theory, application of radar data in mesoscale model, satellite remote sensing data variational inversion, the application of MODIS data in the boundary layer research, mesoscale heavy disaster weather forecasting and forecasting theory research and so on.
Professor TAN Guirong(Ph.D, Research Scholar)
Prof. TAN Guirong researches on the causes and prediction of short-term climate anomalies, including the impact of air sea interaction and atmospheric circulation anomalies on short-term climate anomalies, and short-term climate prediction methods. Recently, she focus on the interdecadal variation mechanism of the relationship between the tropical India ocean and the Yangtze Huaihe River and the interaction between the synoptic scale eddy and low frequency circulation, the precursory signal and prediction of the winter temperature anomalies, and the prediction of 10-30d low frequency heavy rainfall are mainly studied in the near future.
LI Liping(Ph.D, Professor)
Research direction: mainly engaged in the study of low frequency to decadal climate change rate.
ZHANG Xiao (Lecturer, Ph.D)
The research area of Dr. ZHANG Xiao is numerical simulation, geological climate.
XU Dongmei (Lecturer, Ph.D)
The research area of Dr. XU Dongmei is data assimilation in meteorology.

(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. 3 to Sept. 5, 2018.
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, 2020.
(4) Dissertation
(a) Requirement of Dissertation
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.
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.The dissertation format refers to The Format of NUIST Postgraduates’ dissertation defense.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.
Master students shall complete the dissertation independently under the instruction of the supervisors. The dissertation shall be the research findings of students themselves. Popular paper, thesis of vague theories, writings of comprehensive achievements of others or translated articles are not regarded as students’ findings.
The fundamental scientific ideas, conclusion and implications of the dissertation shall offer theoretical inspirations and applicable values to domestic economy.
The problems involved in the dissertation shall reflect the solid theoretical and systematic expertise of the author in the related discipline.
The author shall be equipped with certain research techniques and methodological skills (e.g. computing, experimental skills, detection and measuring skills), which indicate the author’s abilities of conducting scientific research and specific technical work independently.
The author shall have innovative ideas or manage the theoretical or practical findings in the research acquired by the dissertation.
The dissertation shall include: title, contents, preface and review, body, conclusion, reference, appendix, abstract.
(b) Requirement of Dissertation Defense
The thesis defense shall last no less than 45 minutes for master’s degree candidates. Master’s degree candidates will get an Excellent, Qualified or Unqualified on the dissertation defense. Master’s degree candidates who fail the defense can revise the dissertation within one year and apply for a make-up defense after the approval of the Dissertation Defense Committee and the Graduate School. Students who pass the make-up defense can get their master’s degrees in the next year. Students who fail the make-up defense will have no further chance of defense.
(5) Degree-granting
Students will be awarded master’s degree when they obtain 34 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. 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 & 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 TOEFL 80 (or above) or IELTS 6.0 (or above) or other documents which can prove the English proficiency of the applicant shall be submitted.
(4) Applicants shall be in good physical and psychological condition and have the health certificate or medical check-up report presented by the local public hospital. Applicants shall not carry any disease or fall into any of the situation listed below: diseases prohibited by China’s Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Laws and Regulations;other severe chronic diseases like high blood pressure, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, etc.;psychological diseases;other infectious diseases which may have a serious impact on public health;in recovery period after major surgery or acute disease attacks; with severe physical disability; 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(, register an applicant account, fill in personal information and upload required application documents. Print out the application form and put on a hand-written name.
Please be noted that:

(a) Please register with valid email address, or you cannot activate your account(do not use @naver email box).After a successful registration, an account activate link will be sent to your email. Please activate your account by clicking the link.

(b) 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, 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 & Technology is 10300, the Discipline is “Natural Science” and the Major is “Meteorology”.
(3)   Materials


Degrees An original copy and a photocopy need to be prepared for each degree.
Official Transcripts Transcripts must list all courses taken and all scores obtained.
Research Plan A study plan includes the information of goals set for each study stage, the tasks and research activities planned during the study duration, etc.
Recommendation Letters Two 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.
English Language Proficiency Test Results  Applicants who are not native English speakers orwhose undergraduate education was not conducted in English shall provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores or other sufficient English proficiency certificate.
Physical Examination Form The health form shall be issued within one month before the submission of application, showing that the applicant is in good physical condition and 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.
Photocopy of a Valid PassportThe 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.
Other 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 as well as the NUIST Application Form and Chinese Government Scholarship Application Form 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 (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.


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. After the verification, applicants need to send the scanned copy of all the application documents to NUIST via email.

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 29, 2018.
III. Other Important Information

Contact person: Ms. CAI Yi (Candy)
Tel: (86-25) 58699848
Fax: (86-25) 58699856
Mailing address: College of International Students, Nanjing University of Information Science & 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.