About Tongji University : 


Tongji University is one of the leading universities directly under the authority of Ministry of Education in China. As a state key university, it has been included in the State-founded Project 211 and the 21st Century Education Rejuvenation Action Plan of China.


The history of the university dates back to 1907 when Germans doctor Erich Paulon established Tongji German Medical School in Shanghai. It was officially accepted as a university in 1923 and became a national university in 1927. It had since grown to be recognized, both at home and abroad, as a comprehensive university having five schools, namely, sciences, engineering, medicine, liberal arts and law.


After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Tongji University became an engineering university following a nationwide restructuring of institutions of higher learning in 1952. It was the largest university of civil engineering and offered the most specialized engineering programs in China. The university has developed rapidly into a multidisciplinary university featuring sciences, engineering, economics, management, liberal arts and law, with the initiation of the open up policy under the authorization of the central government in 1978.


In 1996 Shanghai Institute of Urban Construction and Shanghai Institute of Building Materials and in 2000 Shanghai Tiedao University merged with Tongji University. Since then, Tongji University has grown into a comprehensive research-oriented university with nine major disciplines, namely, sciences, engineering, medicine, economics, management, liberal arts, law, philosophy and education.


Tongji University has more than 20 specialized colleges offering 82 undergraduate programs, 217 Master degree programs, and 89 PhD programs. There are 13 postdoctoral research centers and 10 state key disciplines at the university. The university has more than 50,000 students, around 4,200 teaching and research staff, among which 718 are full professors or researchers, 1499 are associate professors or associate researchers. Among the staff there are 5 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 7 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering. As one of the state key research centers, the university has 14 state key laboratories and engineering research centers either at the state level or ministerial and provincial level.There are 6 hospitals and 3 middle schools affiliated with the university.


Tongji University actively promotes its internationalization and has become an important window for China's international exchange in education, culture and technology. It has established wide cooperation with Germany, France, U.K., USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Austria and South Korea in the fields of education, science, technology and economics. A number of international joint programs have been established between the university and its counterparts in other countries in recent years. These joint programs include a Sino-German School, a Sino-German Teacher Training Centre for Vocational Education, the Sino-French Institute of Engineering and Management, the Sino-Italian Campus, UNEP-Tongji institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, Sino-Australian Institute and many others. In 2002, the university awarded an honorary PhD. degree to Mr. Gerhard Schroder, Ex-Chancellor of Germany and invited Dr. Klaus Topfer, Ex-Under-Secretary-General of United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP, and Professor Peter Rowe, director of Harvard University Graduate School of Design to be honorary professors of Tongji University. In Tongji, about 4000 visits from abroad to the university, more than 2000 people go abroad for academic exchange and more than 40 international or regional academic conferences are held every year. In 2008 the university enrolled over 2400 international students from more than 100 countries and regions.


The university has five campuses covering a total area of 247 hectares. The Siping campus is situated on Siping Road of Shanghai, the west campus on Zhennan Road of Shanghai, the east campus on Wudong Road and the north campus on Gonghe Xin Road of Shanghai. The Jiading campus is located inside Shanghai International Automotive City in Jiading, a suburban district of Shanghai.