Tianjin University is the oldest institution of higher education in the modern history of China. Founded in 1895 as Peiyang University, Tianjin University’s 121-year history is the epitome of the progress of modern Chinese higher education, embodying the Chinese people’s indomitability through challenging times. During its growth spanning three centuries, the University has been a pioneer in several fields, from the first aero engine in China to the first Hydraulics Laboratory established in China. The following timeline presents all the milestones that Tianjin University has passed on its way through history. See TJU take each step as it comes, and grow throughout the years into the leading research and teaching institute it is today.
THE CONSTITUTION OF TIANJIN UNIVERSITY
Tianjin University is the first institution of higher education in China, pioneering the development of modern Chinese higher education. Its history can be traced back to Peiyang University, which was founded in October 2, 1895, and renamed Tianjin University in September 1951 with the approval of the Government Administration Council of the Central People’s Government during the nationwide education restructuring of colleges and departments. In 1959, Tianjin University was appointed as one of the National Key Universities by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China，and in 2000 was selected as one of the high-level research universities to be supported by Project 985.
To build a strong nation, it is crucial for the education system to be set up and developed for the preservations of China’s talents. The establishment and operation of the University aim to promote education for an ultimate improvement of national strength and prosperity, tied in with it are multiple tasks to encourage undaunted inquiry into academic truth, to bring up competent talents, to pass on cultural heritages, to buttress the rise of our nation and to create a promising future. The University aims to be an international, world-class, comprehensive research university, making great contributions to the social and economic development of China and advancement of the world civilization.