|Location||Yangpu district, Shangai, China|
Urban: Handan campus, Fenglin campus, Jiangwan campus
|motto||Rich in knowledge and tenacious of purposes, inquiring with earnestness and reflecting with self-practice|
Fudan University (simplified Chinese: 复旦大学; traditional Chinese: 復旦大學; pinyin: Fùdàn Dàxué), located in Shanghai, China, is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China; It is consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 most academic universities. It is also a member in the C9 League. Its institutional predecessor was founded in 1905, shortly before the end of China’s imperial Qing dynasty. Fudan is now composed of four campuses in downtown Shanghai, including Handan (邯郸), Fenglin (枫林), Zhangjiang (张江), and Jiangwan (江湾), which share the same central administration
Fudan, formerly romanized as Fuh Tan, was initially known as Fudan Public School in 1905. The two Chinese characters Fu (复) and Dan (旦), literally meaning “(heavenly light shines) day after day”, were chosen by the distinguished educator in modern Chinese history, Father Ma Xiangbo S.J. from the Confucian Classic Shangshu Dazhuan (Chinese: 尚书大传): “Itinerant as the twilight, sun glows and moon luminesces. In 1911 during the Xinhai Revolution the college was taken up as the headquarters of the Guangfu Army and closed down for almost one year. The university motto comes from Analects Book 19.6, which means “to learn extensively and adhere to aspirations, to inquire earnestly and reflect with self-application.
udan University’s undergraduate program is extremely selective. Fudan is one of the five universities in China whose undergraduate programs are the hardest for students to get in: less than 0.2% of National College Entrance Examination (“Gaokao”) takers can make it (As a comparison, the five choosiest Ivy League schools in 2012 let in three times the percentage (0.6%) of SAT-takers.).
Fudan University has been carrying out a profound reform in its undergraduate program, aiming at higher quality education and intending to train more creative talents for the world. The reform begins with the construction of a credit system.
Fudan has reconstructed its course system to suit education goals. A course scheme of general education, specialized education and basic education in arts and sciences has been implemented. Encompassing a complete and comprehensive range of disciplines, the courses of general education enable students to receive education in diverse fields. All of the 70-plus undergraduate majors of Fudan have been put into seven general categories so that students can benefit on a broader scale from the systematic discipline training. According to the Education Scheme for Arts and Sciences, course modules are determined by discipline systems and course suits, and credits by course modules. In this sense, Fudan provides students with more options for their college studies. In contrast with the traditional syllabus, the new module has appropriately decreased the gross credits and class hours. Along with minor programs and extracurricular academic activities, it contributes greatly to the intellectual development of undergraduate students, exposing them to a wider range of knowledge
The Graduate School of Fudan University was established on November 6, 1984 and the Graduate School of Shanghai Medical University on January 25, 1985. Both were among the first 22 graduate schools after China’s universities officially resumed enrolling graduate students. With the merger of Shanghai Medical University and Fudan University in April 2000, the two graduate schools were joined to be a new Graduate School of Fudan University. Therefore, a comprehensive graduate education structure is formed with disciplines in humanities, law, sciences, engineering, medicine and management
Starting from the 1950s, Fudan has enrolled international students — one of the first few institutions in China to do so. Since then, Fudan has accepted and trained over 10,000 foreign students from 100 countries and regions worldwide. At the end of 2006, there were 2,812 international students studying at Fudan University, ranked number 2 in the nation. Half of them were actively pursuing degrees, the rest were general visiting scholars. In addition, Fudan enrolls over 1700 short-term students each year.
The international student programs consist of degree programs and non-degree programs. The university has also established a Bachelor of Arts program called the “Chinese language for international students” and there have been seven groups of graduates. Besides all levels of Chinese language teaching, the university has opened courses such as Chinese literature, Chinese history, Chinese economy, Chinese philosophy and Chinese law for interested international students. These courses will introduce students to basic knowledge of Chinese social economy, history and culture, according to their different requirements. In addition, several graduate programs are offered in English. For instance Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health, as well as other programs offered in conjunction with partner universities abroad. The university’s programs in medicine leading to the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree are also available to international students
• national key laboratories
• 410 quality research organizations
• Key Engineering Research Center of Ministry of Education or of Shanghai Municipality
• Key Research Centers of Humanities and Social Sciences of Ministry of Education
• world-class academic centers
• natural science and Engineering programs