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Degree Granting


In 1981, Tianjin University was, among the first institutions, authorized by the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council to grant master’s degree and doctor’s degree. In the same year, Tianjin University started to employ degree system and established the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of Tianjin University, setting up an executive Office in charge of degree granting evaluation.


In order to optimize the degree management procedures and improve work efficiency, Tianjin university develops a system to achieve comprehensive automation of degree granting management. From 2011, procedures can be carried out online, including the application and granting of degrees, evaluation of excellent doctor fund granting and review of outstanding dissertation. In 2011, Tianjin University set up the academic dissertation supervision system and invited professors, rigorous and accomplished in academic research, to be committee members of the master’s thesis supervision group to supervise and ensure the quality of the master’s thesis papers and oral defense and to verify the confidentiality of the papers. Meanwhile, the university continues with spot check of thesis papers and implements anonymous evaluation.


In order to improve the quality of masters and doctors, the university further urged all schools and colleges to set up application requirements for academic and professional postgraduate degrees in accordance with the features of the disciplines. After deliberation, the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of Tianjin University decided to define the conference articles collected by EI as general academic journal articles. Master’s degree application requirements concerning EI conference articles can be decided by sub-committees. Colleges of Management and Economics, School of Computer Science and Technology, School of Architecture, School of Education drew up respectively degree application requirements according to their academic features.


To pursue excellence, various measures are taken to construct the quality assurance system of graduate degree granting. The system manages dynamically the evaluation and granting of postgraduate degree, monitors the entire process, and encourages high quality, all of which guarantees the quality of academic dissertation.


After the applicants of master and doctoral degrees have finished the defense, the secretary of the Oral Defense Committee will deliver the related materials to the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee. The members of the Committee examine the materials within the specified time period and vote by secret ballot (the applicant who captures the two-thirds or more consent votes will pass the defense). The Committee will then make a proposal of granting master or doctoral degree, which will be sent to the Office of the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee by the secretaries of sub-committees. The Office will present the proposal to the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee for review at its session. After the vote, the applicant who captures more than half the consent vote will pass the defense; otherwise he/ she will fail the defense. Finally, the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee will decide on the granting of the degree.


In 2013, the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee approved two batches of 5124 graduates’ defense and granted degrees. The committee held in total four meetings of disciplines’ degree evaluation and three sessions of the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee. After the review of Academic Degree Evaluation Committee, 657 doctoral degrees and 4467 master’s degrees were granted in the year.