Tianjin University was established at 1895 with the name of “Beiyang University”. It's the first modern university in China. During the last 100 years, more than 150,000 students have graduated from Tianjin University and made great contributions all over the world.
With one hundred years of history, the university has formed a distinct academic style, which takes engineering as the core, combining with science, and subjects of management, economy, literature, philosophy, pedagogy and teaching Chinese as a foreign language helps to make the whole an integrative development. At present, Tianjin University has grown into a National Key University directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education of China. With the tradition of diligence and modesty, Tianjin University is prepared to meet challenges in the 21st century.
A complex educational system consisting of bachelor, the master and doctor has been established in this university and famous for its academic spirit of “Rigorous Scholarship, Rigid Discipline”. There are 51 bachelor’s specialties, 124 Master Degree programs and 81 Doctoral programs in this university, 1600 teachers are professors and associate professors, and among whom there are 10 academicians of CAS and CAE, over 300 doctor’s mentor, and over 900 master’s mentor. Now there are more than 26000 students in the university, among which over 8600 are postgraduates.
During recent years, more and more foreign students are coming to the university and receive education. Tianjin University began to take in international students from 1954, it is one of the earliest universities that take in international students in China. Up to now it has accepted more than 5000 international students of different levels from over 80 countries and areas in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. The school of International Educational takes enrollment, teaching administration, and social administration and services functions of international students at Tianjin University for its main task, and also undertakes the Chinese language teaching for international students.
International students can be accepted to study every specialty, including short-term and long-term Chinese language courses, specialties for bachelors, masters, and doctors at this university. At present, many international students are accepted by the specialty of Business Administration, Economy & Management, law, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, Mechanic Engineering, English Computer and Architecture etc. They gained high praise for their knowledge and ability in their occupations, and they also made a great contribution to their countries’ development.
The School of International Education of Tianjin University has its advantages and characteristics in construction of disciplines, teaching system, course offered, teaching staff, teaching equipment and teaching management which is fit for the development of international student education of the school. Especially, the administrative system and operational mode of the school is more effective which has been proved by way of practice.
In the field of international student education, Tianjin University has established long cooperation relationship with more than 40 colleges and institutions of Korea, Japan, USA, UK, France, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Indonesia and other 20 countries. At present, more than 1000 international students from over 30 countries and areas are studying at the university each year.
At present, Tianjin University has formed various types and levels in international student education including short-term and long-term Chinese language courses, undergraduate, master degree to Ph. D students. There are 42 countries students are studying at this university now, compared with that of 20 years ago, only 10 countries students studied here. Along with increases of international students and their countries, there has formed a multi-culture and internationalization atmosphere on campus.