Tongji University has a long history and outstanding reputation. It is one of the earliest national universities in China and a national key university directly under the Ministry of Education and jointly established with Shanghai. After 114 years of development, Tongji University has become a comprehensive, research-oriented and international university with distinctive characteristics and greater influence at home and abroad, and its comprehensive strength ranks among the top universities in China.
The school started in 1907 with the German doctor Erich Paulon, a German doctor, founded the Tongji German Medical School with the support of the Chinese and German governments and all walks of life. In 1912, together with the newly established Tongji German Literature and Engineering School, it was collectively called Tongji German Medical and Engineering School. It was taken over by the Chinese in 1917 and successively changed its name to Tongji Medical School and Private Tongji Medical School. It was named Tongji University in 1923 and became a national university in 1927. After the outbreak of the Anti-Japanese War in 1937, Tongji University moved to Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Yunnan and other places successively after six relocations. In 1940, it moved to the ancient town of Lizhuang in Yibin, Sichuan, and persisted in running the school. After moving back to Shanghai in 1946, it developed into a comprehensive university known for its five major colleges of science, engineering, medicine, literature, and law.
In the nationwide adjustment of faculties and departments that began in 1949, Tongji University’s original superior disciplines such as liberal arts, law, medicine, science, machinery, electrical engineering, shipbuilding, surveying and mapping may support other universities or relocate to the mainland as a whole. At the same time, the civil engineering and construction-related disciplines of more than 10 universities across the country have gathered in Tongji, making it the largest and most comprehensive engineering university in the field of civil engineering in China. After 1978, the school implemented "two transformations"—resuming exchanges with Germany from a closed school to an opening to the outside world and expanding the scope of disciplines from a civil engineering-based engineering university to a comprehensive university of science and engineering. In 1996, Shanghai Institute of Urban Construction and Shanghai Institute of Building Materials Industry were merged and listed as a national "211 Project" construction university. In 2000, it merged with Shanghai Railway University to form a new Tongji University. In 2002, it was listed as a national "985 Project" construction university. In 2003, Shanghai Aviation Industry School was placed under the management of Tongji University. In 2004, it was listed as a middle management university. In 2017, it was listed as a national world-class university construction university.
Tongji University always regards the cultivation of top-notch innovative talents as its lofty mission and responsibility, takes undergraduate education as the foundation of the school, and postgraduate education as the way to strengthen the university. It has established a trinity talent training model of "knowledge, ability, and personality", and strives to make every After studying and nurturing at the university level, a student has the comprehensive characteristics of "general education foundation, professional quality, innovative thinking, practical ability, global vision, and social responsibility", and becomes a social pillar and professional elite leading the future. Since its establishment, the school has successively trained more than 360,000 graduates and created a large number of outstanding politicians, scientists, educators, social activists, entrepreneurs, medical experts and engineering technical experts. Among the alumni, 162 were elected academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Tongji University has built the world’s largest "multifunctional vibration experiment center", the first domestic "ground vehicle wind tunnel center", the first domestic "urban rail transit comprehensive test platform", and the first domestic "subsea long-term science Observation System" and "Shanghai Autonomous Intelligent Unmanned System Science Center", "Cell Stemness and Fate Editing Science Center" and other major scientific research platforms. Has undertaken a series of national major special projects and major engineering research projects, and obtained key technologies for large-span bridges, structural earthquake and disaster prevention technologies, intelligent urban traffic guidance, urban sewage treatment, high-speed maglev trains, new energy vehicles, smart greenhouses, and remote sensing space Information, ocean drilling, molecular genetics of atrial fibrillation and other landmark scientific research results.
The school has long focused on the spillover effects of superior disciplines and basic research, continuously expanded the forms and fields of social services, and actively contributed to the development of national and local social construction, and contributed to the construction of the "Belt and Road", domestic bridges and tunnels, railways and urban rail transit, Water environment management, earthquake relief, Yangshan Deepwater Port, Shanghai World Expo, Chongming Eco-Island, Xiong’an New District, Beijing City Sub-center and other major strategic needs provide strong scientific and technological support. The school and the local government jointly promote the construction of the "Knowledge Economic Circle around Tongji", and the output value has grown from less than 3 billion yuan in 2005 to 49.5 billion yuan in 2020, creating a model of school-site cooperation of "three-region integration and joint development".
The school actively expands international cooperation. On the basis of cooperation with Germany, it has developed into cooperation with Europe as the center, expanding the layout of North America and radiating Asia and Africa. It has successfully established Sino-Germany, Sino-French, Sino-Italian, Sino-Finnish, Sino-Western, 12 international cooperation platforms including the United Nations have signed cooperation agreements with more than 200 overseas universities and established research centers with many multinational companies such as Volkswagen, Siemens, Bayer and IBM. The school has initiated the establishment of the "China Green University Alliance" and the "International Green Campus Alliance" and served as the first chairman. It was elected as the chairman of the United Nations Environment Programme Global Environment and Sustainable Development University Cooperation Alliance. "Continuing Campus Excellence Award" for colleges and universities.
Currently, Tongji University has 29 professional colleges, 9 affiliated hospitals, and 6 affiliated primary and secondary schools. There are four main campuses including Siping Road, Jiading, Huxi and Hubei, covering an area of 2.55 square kilometers, with a total school building area of over 1.83 million square meters and a total library collection of more than 4.51 million volumes.
The school has 18,510 full-time undergraduates, 11038 postgraduates, and 6,514 doctoral students. There are also 2225 international students. There are 2785 full-time teachers, including 1074 senior professional titles, 14 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (including double appointments), 17 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (including double appointments), the Academy of Sciences of the Developing Countries and the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, Germany, Sweden, etc. Or 21 foreign academicians of the Academy of Engineering. There are 5 national-level teaching teachers, 38 special-appointed professors of the "Yangtze River Program" of the Ministry of Education, 23 chief scientists of the National Key Basic Research and Development Program, 73 chief scientists of the National Key Research and Development Program, 68 recipients of the National Science Fund for Outstanding Youth, "Youth There are 206 outstanding young talents in four categories, including the Yangtze River and the winners of the Outstanding Youth Science Fund. There are 6 national-level teaching teams, 9 National Natural Science Foundation innovation groups, 12 "Innovative Team Development Programs" of the Ministry of Education, 1 innovation team in key areas of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and selected as the "National Demonstration Base for Innovative Talent Training" by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The school's disciplines cover 10 disciplines including engineering, science, medicine, management, economics, philosophy, literature, law, education, and art. There are 82 undergraduate enrollment majors, 45 first-level discipline authorization points for master's degree, 26 professional master's degree authorization points, 33 first-level discipline authorization points for the doctoral degrees, 9 professional doctorate authorization points, and 30 post-doctoral mobile stations. It has 3 national key laboratories, 1 national engineering laboratory, 1 national major scientific and technological infrastructure, 1 national collaborative innovation center, 1 national large-scale scientific instrument center, 5 national engineerings (technology) research centers, and 5 Other national research platforms and 70 provincial and ministerial research platforms.
"With one heart and one morale, we will help the people and the world." Today's Tongji University is striving for the goal of "walking with the motherland, helping the world with science and education, and building a world-class university with Chinese characteristics"!