Tongji University, formerly Tongji German Medical School, was established in 1907. It was given its present name and became a state university in 1927. It was one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in China. The university has developed rapidly in all respects over the sixty-five years since the founding of China, especially since the country's opening-up policy.
The university has been one of the most popular universities in the country, attracting a large number of students from all parts of China and all over the world. In particular, it has become the number one choice of those who are pursuing a career in the field of architecture and civil engineering.
The university has developed close links with industry, which provides its students with opportunities of obtaining first-hand information through interaction with the society.
The university covers 10 broad categories of academic disciplines, including engineering, science, medicine, management, economics, philosophy, literature, law, education, and arts. The number of faculty stands at 2,786, of which 855 are professors and 997 associate professors. The university now registers 18,581 full-time undergraduate students, 13,762 graduate students, and 4,279 Ph.D., candidates. Another 2,197 international students are pursuing their degrees at Tongji University.
Since its founding, Tongji has turned out nearly 300,000 graduates, among which many are extraordinary political leaders, scientists, educators, social activists, business leaders, medical specialists, and engineering technology experts. Over 140 alumni are academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering.