World University Ranking 2016: 501-600th

Asia University Ranking 2016: 92nd

BRICS and Emerging Economics 2016: 52nd

Student-Faculty ratio: 13: 5


Formally known as Tongji German Medical School, Tongji University  is one of the key universities in China directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education. It is located in the Yangpu Universities Area of Shanghai and was established in 1907. In 1927, it was given its present name and became a state university as well as among the seven China’s earliest universities. In 1949, after the formation of PRC, it had five colleges including engineering, medical science, natural science, law and liberal arts and enjoyed a great reputation both in China and abroad as a comprehensive university.

In 1952, there was a nationwide restructuring making Tongji an engineering-intensive university with outstanding strength in architecture and civil engineering. The university started offering more specialized engineering programs in China. Tongji University has undergone rapid development to become a multidisciplinary university since China’s initiation of the open-up policy in 1978. It is among China’s most popular universities and attracts a huge number of students from all over China and the world at large.

Tongji University is renowned for its architecture and engineering programs, and its civil engineering department has always ranked top in China for many decades. Tongji was the first university to introduce urban planning in China and has since established a reputation in research. The university has restored links to Germany and made major milestones transform from mainly focusing on civil engineering into offering other engineering disciplines.

Today, it is an international, comprehensive, research-oriented university with quite distinct characteristic as well as global influence. Changing its vision to, “A sustainably oriented, world class university’ in 2013, Tongji University has developed links with the industry providing its students with great opportunities to enable them to obtain first-hand information by interacting with the society. The university takes pride in churning out graduates greatly sought after by employees across the country.

Key Facts

Outstanding Disciplinary Influence

Tongji University offers courses in 10 vast academic disciplines, including engineering, medicine, science, economics, management, arts, philosophy, education, law and literature. It offers 75 undergraduate disciplines, 50 of which are based on enrollment of students on the broad 17 disciplinary categories. The University also offers 55 academic master’s disciplines, 15 professional master’s disciplines and 26 engineering master’s disciplines.

Also, the university offers 31 doctoral disciplines, three professional Ph.D. disciplines as well as 25 post-doctoral research stations that are mobile. Its disciplines range from three first-level, and 7 second-level national key disciplines to 3-second level incubated national key disciplines and 17 first level Shanghai disciplines.

First-Rate Faculty Team

The university has more than 4200 academic staff for research and teaching, including seven members of Chinese Academy of Engineering, six members of Chinese Academy of Science, more than 710 professors as well as 1500 associate professors. The number of international staff is 468. The university has such a strong faculty that works to churn out the best graduates who are being very much sought after by employers.

Superb Talent Cultivation

It’s no secret that Tongji University produces top-notch talents that are highly sought-after in the competitive Chinese market and also abroad.

Considerable Enrollment

Currently, the university registers over 50,000 students at all levels from certificate courses to post-doctoral attachments. This can be broken down into 4, 297 Ph.D. students, 13,763 graduate students and 18,581 full-time undergraduate students. The university also has 2, 197 international students pursuing their degrees there.

Continuous Increase in Quality of Education and Scientific Research Capacity

Tongji University has five campuses including Siping campus, West Campus, North Campus, East Campus and Jiading campus. Living up to its target of development, the university’s scientific research is rapidly increasing. Tongji University has shown remarkable improvements in the overall research conditions proving that it’s better positioned to carry out scientific research. For the last five years, the research funding of the university has consistently increased, reaching 1.89 billion CYN in 2011.

The University takes pride in being home to 29 ministerial and provisional research bases, six among them being of national level. The university has quite some outstanding projects under its wing including the deep sea drilling, the master design for Expo 2010, finding of genes causing atrial fibrillation, large-scale biological processing of source water, and development of fuel cell car among so much more. It also has acquired key national construction projects, key national research projects as well as important research programs.

Also, the university has 14 state key laboratories and engineering research centers either at a provisional level or state/ ministerial level. It also has three middle schools and hospitals in affiliation with the University.

National Leader in International Exchange and Cooperation

Having understood the importance of internationalization, Tongji University is a window of overseas cultural, scientific and educational exchanges. Some of the collaborations and influential platform institutions include the Sino-German College of Graduate Study, Sino- Finish Center, Sino- French Institute of Engineering and Management among so much more. Tongji University is also collaborating with the Germany, Australia, Japan, USA, UK, Spain, Canada, etc. in various fields including life sciences, economics, and management, and civil engineering.

International Education and Summer School at Tongji University

Tongji University has pre-college school that provides international students with courses before starting the study in their respective disciplines. Tongji University also has a summer training school which provides cooperative programs for a group of students from overseas educational organizations and universities.

The programs help the students build on their Chinese vocabulary, gain insight into Chinese culture through language training, traditional Chinese cultural classes, excursions and sightseeing as well as advancing their Chinese communication skills. They also handle other topics including law, economics and management, politics, etc.

Extracurricular Activities

There are many different activities at Tongji University, and international students are encouraged to join. There are athletic facilities, gyms and a stadium available on campus. There are also over 100 student organizations and clubs with new recruitments being done every year.

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