Tianjin Chengjian University（TCU）, founded in 1978, is a regular institute of higher education under the administration of Tianjin Municipal Government. As the fourth branch of Tianjin University, it carried out undergraduate education with the support of Tianjin University. Up to now, it was namedArchitectural Branch of Tianjin University in 1979, and renamed Tianjin Institute of Urban Construction in 1987, and Tianjin Chengjian University（TCU）in 2013.
In 1998, TCU was approved to grant the Master’s Degree, achieving the improvement inschool-running level; in 2007, TCU was authorized to grant Master’s degree in Engineering.
TCU has passed the assessment for undergraduate teaching qualification in 1996, the assessment for undergraduate teaching in 2007 with outstanding performance, and the audit and assessment in undergraduate education in 2018 by Ministry of EducationChina.
Over 40 years, TCU constantly adheres to the socialist orientation, fully carries out the educational policy of Chinese Communist Party, strengthens moral education to cultivate talents, and sticks to the principle of “developing urban science and cultivating construction talents”. By drawing on the advantages of related industries, highlighting its features, sticking to quality-oriented development and pursuing excellence, TCU fulfills the motto of “Morality and Capacity, Learning and Creating”. By relying on Tianjin to develop nationally and globally, TCU has cultivated more than 56,000 talented graduates to serve the urbanization and modernization.
Perfect the education system and improve the quality of talent cultivation.TCU consists of 14 schools, one teaching unit, two teaching centers and school of continuing education, and has the qualification to enroll overseas students and currently has 17,458 full-time students, 16,095 undergraduates, 1,093 postgraduates, 226 overseas students and 44 preparatory students.
TCU offers 54 undergraduate programs, among which there is 3 national first-level programs, 1 national and 2 Tianjin pilot programs, 7 Tianjin first-level programs, 5 construction programs with strategic and emerging industries, 8 Tianjin programs of advantage and specialty, 12 Tianjin applied programs, and 6 programs that have obtained the certification of Department of Housing and Construction.
With emphasis on teaching, TCU owns 3 experimental teaching demonstration centers, 9 construction units of Tianjin experimental teaching demonstration center, 1 virtual simulation experiment teaching center. In recent three years, TCU has been approved of 12 municipal quality courses, three programs instructed in English for overseas students, and 6 national and municipal textbooks. TCU has also won 18 teaching achievement prizes, among which there are 9 first prizes, 9 second prizes, and 2 first- batch “New Engineering” research and practice programs approved by the Ministry of Education. The annual employment rate of students is over 93%.
Characterize the disciplines and enhance the comprehensive scientific research ability persistently TCU has developed seven disciplinary clusters, focusing on urban planning, urban construction, urban management, eco-city, smart city, urban economy and urban culture. Now the university offers 14 first-level postgraduate programs, professional master’s degrees in three disciplines and academic master’s degrees in four disciplines. Among them, there are six Tianjin key disciplines, one Tianjin first-rate discipline(Civil Engineering), one Tianjin first-level discipline under construction(Environmental Science and Engineering) and four Tianjin featured disciplinary clusters. In recent five years, over 140 national scientific research projects and over 360 municipal scientific research projects have been approved; over 50 municipal and ministerial science and technology awards have been obtained. TCU owns 18 science and technology platforms, including one National&Local Engineering Research Center, five municipal and ministerial key laboratories, eight municipal and ministerial engineering centers. In recent three years, TCU has published more than 50 academic works and obtained 150 invention patents. TCU also has achieved a key breakthrough in National science and technology awards, national key basic research program (973 programs) projects, national social science fund projects.
Strengthen the teaching force with the constant increase in the number of high-level talents. TCU has1,235 faculty members, including 915 full-time lecturers and 424 professors and associate professors. Among them, there are the Yangtze River scholar , National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, one New Century Talents Project Scholar, one New Century Talent Supporting Project Scholar of Ministry of Education, one Tianjin Distinguished Professor, six professors of First-Level Tianjin “131 Talent Project”, three “Five Batch” of publicity and culture in Tianjin, 11 Tianjin Outstanding Teachers, 17 enjoying special national allowances, 2 National Prominent Teachers and 2 double hired Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. TCU owns 7 provincial and ministerial innovative teams and 12 provincial teaching teams.
Enhance international cooperation and exchange constantly and accelerate education internationalization significantly TCU has signed MOU with 40 universities and institutions in 15 countries, and 22 cooperation agreements with 15 universities from 15 countries, including one IPHD program and one undergraduate education project for construction management with VIA University College in Denmark which has consecutively conducted enrollments since 2014. There are more than 1,000 long-term and short-term international students from 23 countries. Nearly 700 experts and scholars from overseas well-known universities have been carrying out academic activities in TCU. TCU has also been granted 67 projects of introducing international experts, and thus the university was listed as one of the model units in Tianjin for the work of introducing overseas talents. TCU has supported nearly 300 teachers for overseas exchange. TCU has applied, together with Bialystoc University of Technology and Cracow University of Technology of Poland, to Ministry of Education to establish the International School of Engineering, a Chinese foreign cooperatively- run institute. TCU has also participated in the construction of Punjab-Tianjin University of Technology in Pakistan, in conjunction with the other two universities in Tianjin. TCU established a Joint Research Center for Protective Infrastructure Technology and Environmental Green Bioprocess in cooperation with University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, which has been included in the third batch of international scientific and technological cooperation bases in Tianjin.
Enjoy excellent education conditions and beautiful harmonious campus. TCU covers 610,100m2, with building area of 455,000m2.The university library and school reference rooms own 1.3786 million books, 1.943 million e-books, 958 journals, 127,000 e-journals and 101 databases in Chinese and foreign languages. The campus network has 19,608 users, 4 gateways and a total bandwidth of 6.3Gbps. There are 4,384 wireless access points, and the wireless network in the main teaching & office buildings and students’ dormitories. The logistics service guarantee system is complete; greening coverage rate reaches 41%. Campus cultural activities are various and robust;the environment is civilized, orderly, harmonious and stable.
Taking urbanization and modernization as the mission, TCU sets up disciplines properly, designs the talent cultivation objectives scientifically, continuously optimizes the talent training programs and strengthens the practical abilities of students, while forming the education featuresrelated to urban construction, adhering closely to the related industries, emphasizing the cultivation of morality and capacity, and cultivating interdisciplinary, professional talents in application.
In the future, TCU will continuously adhere to the essential principle of “what kind of talents to cultivate, how to cultivate and for whom to cultivate” , and fully implement Party’s educational policy with the spirit of National Education Conference. With the fundamental principle of moral education and talent cultivation, the theme of high-quality development as well as the guide of first-level discipline construction, TCU adheres to the policy of“sticking to the teaching”, while further deepening the reform, expanding the opening-up, comprehensively improving the quality of talent cultivation, significantly enhancing scientific and innovation capacity, solidly promoting the construction of authorized unit for doctoral degree, ensuring strict Party self-governance and emphasizing high-quality connotative development and laying a solid foundation to establish high-level university featuring urban construction.