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Tianjin University (TJU), founded as Peiyang University, is the first modern university of China. With the mission of national revitalization and the motto of “Seeking Truth from Facts”, TJU exercises rigorous academic scholarship with a strong sense of commitment. The people of TJU carries with them the legacy of Peiyang and strive to better both the institution and the nation. As the birth of TJU marked the beginning of great change to China’s higher education, TJU’s progress towards a world-class university will also embody China’s revival and the national efforts for achieving greatness.   

Education is the cornerstone of TJU. At its inception, TJU defined higher education with the goal of training talents for the pivotal roles in the nation’s strengthening. For the past 121 years, TJU has cultivated more than 200,000 high-caliber talents with strong academic background and practical capabilities. Among them are the first Hague Tribunal jurist from China, Wang Ch’ung-Hui, the revolutionary Zhang Tailei, economist Ma Yinchu, missile and satellite expert Wu Ziliang, and chief designer of the Olympic Stadium “Bird Nest” Li Xinggang, just to name a few. Nowadays, TJU’s educational strategies focus on developing social responsibility, global vision, innovation and practical capabilities of the students. Meanwhile, entrepreneurship has also been incorporated into TJU’s education, with emerging platforms for aspiring students to gain valuable experiences. TJU graduates are now playing increasingly important roles in politics, economy, business, science and technology, education and so on. 

Academic dispositions define the spirit of TJU. Outstanding educators and renowned scholars have always been the most valuable asset to the university. There are renowned experts such as the jurist Zhao Tianlin, bridge engineer Mao Yishen, mechanical expert Liu Xianzhou, chemical engineer Hou Debang, hydrologist Zhang Hanying and educator Li Shusen. However, people such as Prof. Yang Enze – who spent 72 devoted years on teaching students – also defines TJU’s academic spirits. Currently, with the implementation of the “Faculty Development Strategy”, a high-level faculty and staff team has been formulated. Ms. Feng Cuiling, the respected Party Secretary from School of Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology, has demonstrated perfectly the harmony of domestic Party Secretary with a School Dean of foreign origin. The mentorship and expertise of our faculty and staff members pave the way for the students to become pillars for China and the world.  

Over a hundred years, TJU has witnessed and participated in the establishment of China’s modern industries. China’s first aircraft engine, color film, mobile news broadcasting station, cyclotron, cross-sea bridge and so on are the perfect examples of the wisdom and the dedications of TJU students and faculty. Today, TJU researchers are pushing the frontiers in science and technology by continuous innovation, in-line with the new global paradigm. TJU takes great pride in the new technologies it has enabled for areas such as oceanic explorations, medical instrumentation, environmental engineering, life science breakthroughs and so on. The students and faculty at TJU not only inherit the institution’s legacy for revitalizing the nation, but will also evolve it to greater heights in this new era.  

With the 13th-Five-Year Plan in place, TJU has clearly redefined its vision of building itself into a world-class university in the coming decades. Ambitious goals demand further improvements. We will increase the breadth of education and opportunities for students to better their learning experiences. We will develop an environment where experts and students alike can learn, innovate, critique, and grow with confidence and tolerance. The people of TJU will work together continuously to provide more value for the society as well as for the University, which everyone calls it alma mater. As the president of Tianjin University, I’d like to invite all members of the TJU family, our friends, colleagues as well as all those who would like join us in our endeavors to come together and create a brighter future for the university, the nation and the world it strives to serve.

Zhong Denghua

President of Tianjin University