Fudan University, located in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, is one of China's most prestigious learning institutions. Fudan, founded in 1905, takes its name from a famous line in the Confucian classic - The Book of History: Brilliant are the sunshine and moonlight, again the morning glory after a night. Fudan's name thus means ever pushing forward with renewed energy.
Fudan University is under the direct jurisdiction of the State Ministry of Education, enjoys national construction priority. Fudan University and Shanghai Medical University merged into a new Fudan University in April, 2000. Fudan University is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research university with many highly-ranked majors and programs.
Fudan University consists of 29 schools and departments, with seventy undergraduate disciplines. The University confers bachelor's degrees in seventy academic disciplines, and master's degrees in two hundred and twenty five disciplines (with fifty of them established by the University itself), and doctoral degrees in twenty-four Level I and one hundred and fifty-three Level II academic disciplines (with twenty-nine of them established by the University itself). There are also twenty-five research stations that offer postdoctoral fellowships.
Fudan University now has an enrollment of 26,792 full-time degree candidates. Another 20,670 are studying at the schools of Continuing Education and Online Education. Besides, the University's population of foreign students is 2,812 today.
Fudan University boasts a qualified faculty of over 2,481 full-time teachers and researchers, including 1,400 full professors and associate professors, 35 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 831 doctoral advisors, 50 chair professors and 25 lecture professors of the Cheungkong Scholars Program, 11 chief scientists of Project 973 and thirty-three "Young and Middle-Aged Experts Nationally Acknowledged for Their Outstanding Achievements". In the recent years, the University has been proactive in recruiting youthful strengths and optimizing the echelon of its faculty. Fudan has ten teaching hospitals, such as Zhong-shan (Dr. Sun Yat-san) Hospital and Hua-shan (Mount Lotus) Hospital, which offer quality medical service to the general public, conduct clinical education to student doctors and perform advanced scientific researches.
The single and solitary goal of Fudan University is to cultivate more and more all-round talents for modern China. Emulating the other successful institutions of tertiary and quaternary education at home and abroad, the University has been carrying out a series of daring experiments to integrate the various disciplines of learning and to utilize the abundant resources of a comprehensive university. After years of exploring and practicing, Fudan has now established its own curriculum and management system, both of which are unique and progressively improving.
Fudan University also actively incubates high-tech industries and encourages them to convert knowledge to power. Years of learning and discovering have yielded great benefits as well as profits. In return, the multi-pattern development of the high-tech industries helps the University with breathtaking efficiency to industrialize the research outcomes. Meanwhile, a group of University-sponsored enterprises is emerging, filled with passion and ambition. Fudan University has thus created its signature style of doing business.
Fudan University aims to cultivate prominent talents. While examing the successful experiences of other universities both at home and abroad, Fudan focused on the interactions among different specialties and formed a complete and sound teaching and management system.
(Source: Fudan University)
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