Fudan University

Why Study at Fudan University, China

1. History

Fudan University was established in 1905 as Fudan Public School. It was the first institution of higher education to be founded by a Chinese person, renowned modern educator Ma Xiangbo. The school’s name was chosen from the “Biography of Yuxia” in the Classic of History, where the two characters fù (“return”) and dàn (“dawn”) are found in the famous lines “Brilliant are the sunshine and moonlight, again the morning glory after the night,” signifying continuous self-renewal, and expressing the hope that China could become a country with a strong higher education system run by Chinese intellectuals. In 1917 the name was changed from Fudan Public School to Fudan Private School; in 1937 after the outbreak of the Anti-Japanese War, the school moved to Beipei in Chongqing, and in 1941 it became state-run; in 1946 it moved back to its original location in Jiangwan, Shanghai. After the nationwide restructuring of institutions of higher education in 1952, Fudan University became a comprehensive university of arts and sciences; in 1959 it became one of the first National Key Universities along with Shanghai First Medical College (later known as Shanghai Medical University).
2. Complete Disciplines
Fudan University was merged with Shanghai Medical University in 2000, forming a new, stronger Fudan University with a broader set of disciplines: medicine, sciences, and arts. As one of the first participants in the 211 and 985 Projects, Fudan has developed into a comprehensive research university, with Departments of Philosophy, Economics, Law, Education, Literature, History, Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Management.
3. Excellent Faculty and Programs
Fudan University is home to 14,100 undergraduates and associate degree candidates, 14,800 graduates including 3000 foreign degree candidates, 2,700 staff and 3,100 full-time teaching faculty members. Fudan hosts 34 members of Chinese Academy of Science and members of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 99 Chair Professors of Chang Jiang Scholars Program, and 30 National Key Basic Research Program of China (also named “973 Program”) PIs. There are 28 schools and independent departments with 70 bachelor degree programs, 35 doctoral degree programs of Level I academic disciplines, 154 doctoral degree programs, 224 master degree programs, and 29 post-doctoral programs. There are 11 Level I national key academic disciplines and 19 Level II national key academic disciplines. Fudan hosts around 300 research institutes including 5 national key labs, 38 ministerial or provincial key labs and engineering centers, 5 “Project 985” Science and Technology Innovation Platforms and 7 “Project 985” Arts and Social Sciences Innovation Bases.
4. Campuses
The campus is laid out as a main area consisting of the Handan Street Campus and Jiangwan New Campus areas, along with two side campuses, Fenglin Campus and Zhangjiang Campus, covering a total area of 2.4432 square kilometers. The total area of all school buildings is 1.4923 square kilometers. Eleven hospitals are also affiliated with the school, including Zhongshan Hospital and Huashan Hospital, with a total of 15,000 doctors, nurses, and personnel.
5. Scientific Research
With years of development, Fudan has become a comprehensive research university with ten disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, medical science and management. Fudan takes pride in its balanced strengths in arts, science and medical science. In recently years, the University promotes interdisciplinary development and emerging science development to facilitate discipline development into world-class level.
There are 24 Level I discipline bachelor programs, 153 Level I discipline doctor programs and 219 Level I discipline master programs. There are 11 Level I national key disciplines, 19 Level II national key disciplines, and 3 national (nurturing) key disciplines, 20 Shanghai municipal key disciplines, 9 Shanghai municipal key medical disciplines. In the 3rd round national discipline evaluation, Fudan submitted 37 Level I disciplines and 12 of them rank top 3 in China, 17 of them rank top 5 in China. Currently there are 15 discplines rank 1% by ESI globally, which ranks 2nd in China. Among all, there are 3 disciplines rank top 100 in the world, namely, Chemistry No. 48th, Material Science No. 51st, and Mathematics No. 81st. Clinical medical science ranks ESI 0.1% globally and has the potential of becoming a world class discipline.
6. Achievements and Outstanding Contributions
Fudan University celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005. Chinese president Hu Jintao sent a letter of congratulations, expressing his hopes that the school will continue its tradition of excellence while developing and innovating into the future, building itself into a world-class comprehensive university, fostering development of persons of talent, ability, and integrity, and putting forth a new, even greater contribution towards building a prosperous society and realizing the Chinese people’s great revival.
Over the past hundred years, the school has made outstanding contributions to the country by developing talent, innovating in science and technology, carrying forward civilization, and serving society. Students and teachers of Fudan always keep in mind the school motto “Rich in knowledge and tenacious of purposes, inquiring with earnestness and reflecting with self-practice,” maintain the school spirit of “civilized, healthy, united, rousing,” practice the school traditions of being “hard working, rigorous, result-oriented, and innovative,” and develop the Fudan spirit of “patriotic service, academic independence, a diversity of approaches, and pursuit of excellence.” They make great contributions to the liberation and development of the people, the construction and development of the nation, and the civilization and progress of society.
7. International Communication and Cooperation
Fudan University has established communications and cooperation in teaching and research with famous universities and institutions all over the world, which provides more opportunities of research and continuing professional training in world-famous universities to international students. Fudan University also takes part in many international collaboration research projects and offers international students research and training. Various international collaboration programs further contribute to the university’s pursuit in education and research.
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