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Time-honored Tianjin University Shines with Vitality through Innovation

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October 2, 2017 sees the 122nd Anniversary of Tianjin University. Time-honoured Tianjin University shines with vitality through innovation. Over the past five years, Tianjin University has been dedicated to innovation. As a result, as China’s first modern university, Tianjin University is shining with vitality.

Professor Wang Jingkang, the 79-year-old academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, makes relentless efforts in innovation and she is called as the Mother of Industrial Crystallization in China. During the past summer vocation, she journeyed to Qinghai where she conducted chemical engineering research and built an academician workstation there.

Tianjin University Spirit with Love for Home and the Motherland

Teachers and students of Tianjin University commit themselves to innovation in order to build the University into a world-class university and promote the development of China through education.

Gong Jinlong returned to his alma mater, Tianjin University, as soon as he finished postdoctoral research at Harvard University. His aspiration is to contribute his talent to the country just like Professor Wang Jingkang. His focus is his research on energy catalysis and the setting up of a research team with an interdisciplinary and professional background. He was not only appointed as the Chair Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars Program, but was also the youngest successful candidate in China’s chemical area.

Love for home and the motherland “nourishes” the spirit of Tianjin University. The latest data shows that among graduates who graduated from Tianjin University in 2016, over 60% of them work in national key areas and key industries.

Adhering to Independent Innovation

Tianjin University has made a large number of inventions for China. China’s first aircraft engine, color film and a cross-sea bridge were all invented by Tianjin University. As a result, teachers and students of Tianjin University inherit the innovative spirit.

Over the past five years, Tianjin University has won a total of 20 national science and technology awards, ranking top over other universities in China. The Underwater Glider “Petrel”, the world’s first brain-computer interface experiment, new combustion technology for internal combustion engines are all a result of Tianjin University innovation.

Early in March, four research papers written by Chinese scientists were published in Science, the top international academic journal. The authors of each paper consisted of scholars from Tianjin University. Notably, the first authors of two papers are PhD candidates of Tianjin University.

Cultivating World-class Talent and Exploring Tianjin University Pattern

World-class university construction depends on improving the ability to cultivate top talent. Recently, Tianjin University commenced the World-class Undergraduate Education 2030 Action Plan which proposes the constitution of a world-class talent cultivation system with Chinese characteristics.

It is the commitment to reform and innovation that makes time-honored Tianjin University shine with vitality. The vitality mainly manifests in three ways.

Firstly, the vitality manifests in TJU’s exploration of talent training models. In April 10, 2017, the Innovative Engineering Education Conference for Leading Engineering Universities was convened at Tianjin University. At the conference, President Zhong Denghua proposed three main tasks for innovative engineering education, including teaching and learning, practice and innovation, and localization and internationalization.

Secondly, the vitality manifests in the vigorous activities of TJU students. In the first engineering science experimental class of the School of Precision Instrument and Opto-electronics Engineering, 29 students whose entrance scores were below average, grew to be excellent talents in four years. It is a new training model that stimulates their potential. Such teaching “experimental pilots” at Tianjin are too numerous to mention, but include “Qiushi Honors College” to train excellent engineering talent and hold experimental classes in the humanities and science.

Thirdly, the vitality manifests in the seamless linkage between Chinese characteristics and world class institutions. The School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology was selected among the first batch of “International University Model Schools Promotion Program” pilot schools and has built over 30 joint laboratories and bases for international cooperation in the international frontier field.

Li Jiajun, Party Secretary of Tianjin University said, “Tianjin University consistently takes moral education and talent cultivation its core mission and is exploring Tianjin University’s pattern of constructing world-class university rooted in China.”

Tianjin University in Numbers

There are 13 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 79 experts of the Thousand Talents Program, 18 experts of the National Special Support Plan for high-level talent, 35 experts of the Chang Jiang Scholars Program, and 17 Chief Scientists of the National “973” Key Basic Research Project in Tianjin University. Moreover, 39 professors were awarded with the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China, and 40 professors were awarded with the National Science Fund for Outstanding Young Scholars of China.

In the third round of the National Discipline Assessment, chemical engineering and technology ranked first in three consecutive rounds, and 14 disciplines were among the top 10 in China. The disciplines of engineering, material and chemistry were ranked the top 1‰ of ESI worldwide. The number of National Patent Awards comes in third in China. Over the past four years from 2012 to 2016, Tianjin University has won 17 National Science and Technology Awards with Tianjin University as first contributor,ranking seventh in terms of the total number of awards among the colleges and universities in China.
Photo Designer: Yang Ying
By: Jin Chunyan, Xu Hui, Sun Xiaofang

 Editors: Yin Shiyu and Ross Colquhoun