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Fudan University

Fudan University
Former names
  • Fudan Public School (1905)
  • Fudan College
  • Private Fudan University (1917–1941)
  • National Fudan University (1941–1949)
Motto in English
Rich in knowledge and tenacious of purposes, inquiring with earnestness and reflecting with self-practice[2]
Established1905; 119 years ago (1905)
FounderMa Xiangbo
PresidentJin Li
Party SecretaryQiu Xin (裘新)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
220 Handan Rd., Yangpu District, Shanghai
Campus604 acres (244 ha)
AffiliationsC9, Universitas 21, AEARU, APRU, BRICS Universities League, Council on Business & Society, ASRMU, Washington University in St. Louis McDonnell International Scholars Academy[3]
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese复旦大学
Traditional Chinese復旦大學

Fudan University is a public university in Shanghai, China. The university is affiliated with the Ministry of Education and is co-funded with the Shanghai Municipal Government. The university is part of Project 211, Project 985, and the Double First-Class Construction.


The school's predecessor was Fudan Public School (复旦公学) founded in 1905. It was one of the earliest privately-founded colleges and universities in China. The predecessor of Shanghai Medical University (上海医科大学) was the Fourth National Sun Yat-sen University School of Medicine (国立第四中山大学医学院) founded in 1927. In 2000, Fudan University merged with Shanghai Medical University to form the new Fudan University.[4][5]

Fudan has five undergraduate colleges – Zhide (志德), Tengfei (腾飞), Keqing (克卿), Renzhong (任重), and Xide (希德). The university has four campuses in Shanghai – Handan (邯郸), Fenglin (枫林), Zhangjiang (张江), and Jiangwan (江湾) – which share the same central administration. It also has 17 affiliated hospitals. The university is a member of the C9 League.

Xianghui Auditorium


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[6]54 (2023)
QS World[7]31 (2022)
QS Employability[8]29 (2020)
THE World[9]44 (2024)
THE Reputation[10]39 (2022)
Regional – Overall
ARWU Asia[11]7 (2023)
QS Asia[12]6 (2021)
QS BRICS[13]3 (2019)
THE Emerging Economies[14]4 (2021)

QS World University Rankings by Broad Subject Areas 2023:

Broad Subject Area Fudan's world rank
Social Sciences & Management 44
Natural Sciences 53
Arts and Humanities 80
Life Sciences & Medicine 85
Engineering & Technology 93

THE subject rankings 2023:

Subject Fudan's world rank
Engineering & Technology 51
Physical Sciences 25
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health 45
Social Sciences 126-150
Life Sciences 42
Arts & Humanities 101-125

GRAS (ARWU subject rankings) 2022:

Subject (only subjects ranked among top50 are listed) Fudan's world rank
Biomedical Engineering 4
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology 12
Material Science & Engineering 26
Chemistry 28
Energy Science & Engineering 32
Environmental Science & Engineering 41
Statistics 41
Hospitality & Tourism Management 50

Research output rankings

Regarding research output in natural science and life science, the Nature Index Annual Table 2023 ranked Fudan the No.9 university in the Asia Pacific region, and 13th in the world among the global universities.[15] The 2023 CWTS Leiden Ranking ranked Fudan 13th in the world based on their publications for the time period 2018–2021.[16]

Notable alumni

Since 1952, Fudan University has a total of 95 academicians alumni, second only to Peking University and Tsinghua University in China.[17] Fudan's notable alumni include Chen Yinke, Chen Wangdao, Chu Coching, Yan Fu, Yu Youren, Chen Zhili, and "China's Kissinger" Wang Huning.[18][19]


In December 2019, Fudan University changed its constitution, removing the phrase "academic independence and freedom of thought" (學術獨立和思想自由) and including a "pledge to follow the Communist party's leadership" (學校堅持中國共產黨的領導), leading to protests among the students.[20][21] It also said that Fudan University had to "equip its teachers and employees" with "Xi Jinping Thought", leading to concerns about the diminishing academic freedom of Fudan.[22][23]

The Hungarian government made an agreement to open the first campus of Fudan University outside China in Budapest in 2024.[24] The expansion would cost 540 billion HUF, of which 450 billion would be paid by the Hungarian state from a Chinese loan. The construction would be mainly done by Chinese companies.[25] Education professionals and politicians denounced the investment, citing economics, higher education and national security concerns.[26]

See also


  1. ^ 复旦标志. Fudan University. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Fudan Vision. Motto Observance and Sincere Uprightness". Fudan University. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ "复旦章程". Retrieved 7 January 2024.
  5. ^ "复旦大学". Retrieved 7 January 2024.
  6. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2023 – Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023 – Top 500 universities – Shanghai Ranking – 2023". Retrieved 15 August 2023.
  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2022". 1 June 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  8. ^ "QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020". Top Universities. 27 November 2020.
  9. ^ "World University Rankings". 27 September 2023. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
  10. ^ "THE Reputation World University Rankings 2022". 16 November 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  11. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2023 – Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023 – Top 500 universities – Shanghai Ranking – 2023". Retrieved 15 August 2023.
  12. ^ "QS University Rankings: Asia 2021". Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  13. ^ QS University Rankings 2019
  14. ^ "THE Emerging University Rankings 2021". 3 March 2021.
  15. ^ "2023 tables: Institutions - academic | Annual tables | Nature Index". Retrieved 22 June 2023.
  16. ^ Studies (CWTS), Centre for Science and Technology. "CWTS Leiden Ranking". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved 22 June 2023.
  17. ^ "百度安全验证".
  18. ^ "上海地方志:江南第一学府——复旦大学".
  19. ^ "吴邦国在庆祝复旦大学建校百年大会上的讲话".
  20. ^ "Students protest at Shanghai's Fudan University". Asia Times. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019. A video circulating this week showed students at Shanghai's Fudan University singing the school song – which extols "academic independence and freedom of thought" – in an apparent protest.{...}Besides removing "freedom of thought", the ministry adds to the charter "arming the minds of teachers and students with Xi Jinping's new era of socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics". It also obliges faculty and students to adhere to "core socialist values" and build a "harmonious" campus environment – a code phrase for the elimination of anti-government sentiment.
  21. ^ 復旦大學章程刪除思想自由 學生唱校歌抗議要求學術獨立[影]. Central News Agency (in Chinese (Taiwan)). 18 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Freedom curbs raise academic collaboration uncertainty". University World News. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  23. ^ "Chinese Universities Are Enshrining Communist Party Control In Their Charters". Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  24. ^ "2024-ben megnyílhat a sanghaji Fudan Egyetem budapesti campusa" (in Hungarian). 17 September 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  25. ^ Balogh Krisztina (6 April 2021). "Egyre közelebb a kínai sztáregyetem Budapesthez" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  26. ^ Bozzay Balázs (12 April 2021). "Kínai titkosügynökökről kérdezett Ungár a parlamentben, az államtitkár szerint büszkék lehetünk, hogy a Fudan minket választott" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 15 June 2021.

31°17′56″N 121°29′57″E / 31.29889°N 121.49917°E / 31.29889; 121.49917 (Fudan University)

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