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History and Milestones

Tianjin University is the oldest institution of higher education in the modern history of China. Founded in 1895 as Peiyang University, Tianjin University’s 121-year history is the epitome of the progress of modern Chinese higher education, embodying the Chinese people’s indomitability through challenging times. During its growth spanning three centuries, the University has been a pioneer in several fields, from the first aero engine in China to the first Hydraulics Laboratory established in China. The following timeline presents all the milestones that Tianjin University has passed on its way through history. See TJU take each step as it comes, and grow throughout the years into the leading research and teaching institute it is today. 

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Key Former Leadership

Over the long history spanning three centuries, Tianjin University’s development and progress is indebted to the innovation and dedication of our leaders since our first day in 1895 with our founder Sheng Xuanhuai and the first President Charles Danniel Tenney. Here it shows some of the previous key leadership figures among the many leaders of Tianjin University.

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The Firsts and Pioneers

Tianjin University has been a pioneer in several fields. Here we outline some of the firsts to have been achieved on campus, from the first aero engine in China to the first unmanned aerial vehicle. Their stories are filled with the pioneering spirit, inventiveness, and innovation that we try to foster here at TJU, and can enlighten both students and the public, inspiring everyone to push forward no matter what their project. During our long history, many notable scholars have studied in Tianjin University’s halls, enriching the culture of the university and sending forth new graduates into the world with the skills and knowledge they need to contribute to society. We have been lucky enough to see great minds from the fields of engineering, law and education walk through the gates of the university and go out and make an impression on the world, poet Xu Zhimo, the first Chinese judge at the Court of International Justice in the Hague Wang Chonghui, and economist Ma Yinchu, among many others. Here we provide an introduction to the most famous among many pioneers from TJU.

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