Founded in October 1952, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics is one of the first aviation colleges and universities founded by China. It is a public research university located in Nanjing, China, and one of the Seven Sons of National Defence, which is directly supervised by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
NUAA is a very rigorous university that typically accepts only the top 5% of students who pass China's National College Entrance Examination. The QS World University Rankings place it in the top 250 universities in the world for Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Manufacturing Engineering. According to QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, it is also among Asia's top 300 institutions. NUAA was ranked in the 301-400 range globally in 2021, according to certain rankings.