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Tianjin University

Tianjin University (TJU), established on October 2nd, 1895 as Peiyang University, is the first university in China. It is one of the National Key Universities directly under the administration of Ministry of Education. The University has been committed to the mission of revitalizing this country through education ever since its foundation. It has a long reputation at home and abroad for its school motto of “Seeking Truth from Facts”, its guideline of “Precise in Learning and Strict in Teaching” and its tradition of “Patriotism and Dedication”. In 1951, Peiyang University was renamed as Tianjin University during the higher education reform by Ministry of Education. TJU is among the first 16 National Key Universities designated by the government in 1959, and is also among the first group of universities to be included into the "211" and "985" Projects of national investment for developing world class universities.
TJU Weijin Road Campus covers an area of 1.82 million km2 and a floor area of 1.425 million km2. The campus enjoys garden-like school environment, and the annual crabapple blossoms in mid April attract tens of thousands of citizens. TJU Peiyangyuan Campus covers a total area of 1.3 million km2. The first-stage project will be finished in 2015 with an area of over 0.9 million km2. After its completion, overall relocation will be implemented. The new campus will take responsibilities of teaching and research, while the Weijin Road Campus will be the base of high-level training, emerging discipline development, key scientific problem tackling, and cultural originality.
The university now has 4,556 faculty and staff members, among whom there are five academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, eight academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 17 dual employed academicians, 42 Chang Jiang Scholars, 17 chief scientists of the National “973” Key Basic Research Project, 30 winners of National Outstanding Young Scientists Fund, and 583 professors from academic schools. There are 29,350 full-time students, with 16,044 undergraduate students, 10,353 master candidates and 2,953 PhD candidates.
Guided by the principle of “cultivating talents with both theoretical knowledge, practical ability and moral integrity”, the university has always been devoted to nurturing excellent talents with patriotism, global sight, innovative and practical abilities. It has implemented the engineering education reform for the well-rounded development of students, establishing an education system that meets the need of economic and social development and corresponds to the growth of high-caliber talents with innovative ability. TJU is among the first universities establishing graduate school and has been listed by the Ministry of Education as one of the first universities included in the “Excellent Engineers Educating and Training Plan”. Since the implementation of the Tenth Five Year Plan, TJU is rewarded with 38 National Teaching Achievement Awards, including 9 first prizes and 29 second prizes, 7 National Prominent Teacher Prizes, 9 National Teaching Team Awards and 42 National Excellent Courses. TJU has 12 national education centers of field work project, 6 national model centers of experimental teaching and 2 national teaching centers of virtual simulation experiment. During the past 120 years, the University has harvested a large number of high-caliber talents. Its employment rate upon graduation has always been the leader in the nation.
Based on the academic frontiers in the world and the needs of national strategy, TJU has been optimizing its disciplinary layout according to the law of talent training. It not only consolidates its advantages in engineering, but also develops sciences and humanities. The university has formed a comprehensive disciplinary layout that has distinct advantages. Now there are 57 undergraduate programs, 27 doctoral programs, 35 mater’s programs, and 23 post-doctoral research programs. It also has 7 first-level disciplines. In the third round National Discipline Assessment by Ministry of Education of China in 2012, 8 disciplines of TJU ranked top 5 and 14 ranked top 10. Among these disciplines, Chemical Engineering ranked No. 1 for the third time. It is among the first national universities that are qualified to confer the doctoral degree of engineering. The Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering, initiated by TJU, is one of the innovation centers of the “2011 Plan” in China.
Focusing on national strategic demands and the frontiers of world scientific and technological development, TJU has made great achievements with its strength in scientific research. It has four State Key Laboratories, two State Engineering Laboratories, one State Engineering Technology Research Center, three State Engineering Research Centers, two National Key Centers for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Achievements, one National Key Research Base for Cultural Relics and 77 provincial or ministerial key laboratories, engineering centers and research bases. Since the Tenth National Five-Year Plan, 42 research projects of TJU have won National Science and Technology Awards, three have won the honor of "Top Ten Scientific and Technological Development Awards in Chinese Universities" and 440 have won awards on provincial or ministerial levels. The overall research income of TJU in 2014 reached 2.2026 billion yuan. As for new projects, 16 were implemented with an investment of over ten million yuan. Besides, the number of patents obtained in 2013 was 864. As for research papers in 2013, 1,995 and 2,389 were included in SCI and EI respectively.
TJU is committed to international exchange and cooperation, and has received over 2169 overseas students from 117 countries and regions. The university has signed cooperation agreements with 162 universities, research institutes and companies from 35 countries and regions around the world. The university has established two Confucius Institutes overseas, respectively in Bratislava and the University of Queensland.
At the turn of the century, TJU has mapped out its overall development goal and a “three-step” development strategy, striving to build the university into a high-level institution well known both at home and abroad, and at the middle of the century developing into a comprehensive, research-oriented, progressive and internationalized world leading university.