Introduction to Tianjin Chengjian University

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, back to over forty years ago, it carried out undergraduate education with the support of Tianjin University. In 1979, it was named Architectural Branch of Tianjin University, and in 1987, was renamed as Tianjin Institute of Urban Construction, and then as Tianjin Chengjian University (TCU) in 2013. In 1998, TCU was approved to grant Master’s Degree,realizing a leap-forward development in its educational level; in 2007, TCU was authorized to grant Master’s degree in Engineering. TCU has passed the qualification assessment for undergraduate teaching in 1996, the assessment for undergraduate teaching in 2007 with outstanding performance, and the audit and assessment in undergraduate education in 2018, all of which were organized by the Ministry of Education of China. Over the past 42 years, under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,TCU constantly upholds and strengthens the party's overall leadership over school work, fully carries out the educational policy of Chinese Communist Party, adheres to the socialist orientation, reinforces moral education tocultivate talents, and sticks to the principle of “developing urban science and cultivating talents for urban construction”. 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 Capability, Learning and Building”. Based in Tianjin, open to the whole nation and the world, TCU has cultivated more than 70,000 talented graduates to serve urbanization and urban modernization.  

Sound educational system, steadily improved quality of talent cultivation. TCU consists of 15 schools, 3 teaching departments (centers) and 1 school of continuing education. There are 17,740 full-time students, including 15,982 undergraduates, 1,551 postgraduates, 157 overseas students and 50 preparatory students. TCU offers 56 undergraduate programs,among which there are 3 national first-rate programs, 7 Tianjin first-rate programs, 1 national featured program, 1 national and 2 Tianjin municipal comprehensive reform pilot programs, 7 Tianjin branded construction programs, 5 Tianjin strategic emerging industries related  construction programs, 8 Tianjin programs of advantage and specialty, 12 Tianjin applied programs, 6 programs having passed the undergraduate professional evaluation(certification) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China, 29 programs that have implemented the reform of “enrollment in large category + distribution by program”, and 2 new engineering programs, i.e. Intelligent Manufacturing and Intelligent Manufacturing Engineering. TCU owns 10 Tianjin experimental teaching demonstration centers, 2 construction units of Tianjin experimental teaching demonstration center, 1 Tianjin virtual simulation experiment teaching center, 9 construction projects of Tianjin virtual simulation experiment teaching, 1 collaborative innovation center of Ideological and Political Theory Courses of Tianjin universities, and 1 demonstration base of practical education of Tianjin universities.TCU has been approved of 12 Tianjin excellent courses, 13 Tianjin first-rate construction courses, 3 Tianjin municipal branded courses in English for overseas students, and 6 national and municipal key textbooks. TCU has alsowon 18 teaching achievement awards, including 9 first prizes and 9 second prizes. Besides, TCU has 2 first-batch "Emerging Engineering" research and practice projects approved by the Ministry of Education. TCU has also been approved of 12 outstanding teaching teams, 1 demonstration team of reform and innovation for Ideological and Political Theory Courses of Tianjin universities and 12 outstanding teachers of Tianjin. The annual employment rate is over 92%.

Distinct disciplinary characteristics, continuously improved comprehensive scientific research ability. TCU has developed 7 disciplinary clusters of urban planning, urban construction, urban management, eco-city, smart city, urban economy and urban culture. Now the university offers 14 first-level master programs and 6 professional master programs, including 1 Tianjin first-rate discipline (Civil Engineering), 1 Tianjin first-rate discipline under construction (Environmental Science and Engineering) and 4 Tianjin featured disciplinary clusters and 6 Tianjin key disciplines. In recent 5 years, TCU has been approved over 80 national scientific research projects and over 320 municipal and ministerial scientific research projects; has won over 50 awards for science and technology at or above provincial and ministerial level; has published nearly 80 academic works and has obtained more than 100 invention patents. TCU owns 19 science and technology platforms, including 1 National Engineering Research Center, 4 municipal and ministerial key laboratories, 7 municipal and ministerial engineering centers, 1 international joint research center, 1 base of humanities and socialsciences, 1 university think tank, 1 municipal and ministerial base oftechnology transfer, 2 municipal and ministerial collaborative innovation center, and 1 strategic alliance. In 2018, TCU was approved “the Belt and Road”Technological Innovation Cooperation Project of Tianjin for the first time. and was also approved the National Defense Technology Innovation Special ZoneProject by the Science and Technology Committee of Central Military Commissionfor the first time in 2019. In 2020, TCU won Tianjin Patent Award for the first time. Research funds continue to grow and the average annual research fund is more than 90 million yuan in recent three years.

Continuously strengthened teaching force,significantly increased number of high-level talents. TCUnow has 1,407 staff members, including 1,054 full-time faculties and 427 of which have senior professional titles. Among them, there is 1 Yangtze River scholar, who is also winner of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars and national candidate for New Century Talents Project. In addition,there are 3 candidates for the New Century Talents Funding Program of the Ministry of  Education, 1 Tianjin Top Young Talent, 2 Tianjin Distinguished Professors, 2 Distinguished Young Scholars, 7 candidates from the first-level of Tianjin 131 Talent Project, 3 Five Batches of talents for publicity and culture in Tianjin,1 Young and Middle-aged Leading Talent in Scientific and Technological Innovation of Tianjin Talent Cultivation Plan, 1 Outstanding Young Talent in Science and Technology, 2 winners of Funds for Distinguished Young Scholars of Tianjin, 12 Tianjin Outstanding Teachers and 18 National Outstanding Contribution Young Specialists who are simultaneously entitled to special allowances. There are 6 innovative teams of Tianjin universities and 1 innovation team in key areas of Tianjin Talent Promotion Plan.

Expanding international engagement and cooperation,significantly accelerated educational internationalization. TCU has signed MOU with 42 universities and institutions in 17 countries, and has launched 25 cooperation programs with 16 foreign universities, including 16 joint educational programs, 3 short-term student exchange programs, 2 teacher-training programs, 1 overseas educational program, 2 international joint research centers and 1 overseas teaching base. Among them, the undergraduate education project for engineering management with VIA University College in Denmark has conducted enrollments for 7 years consecutively.The Chinese-foreign cooperatively-run educational institution jointly offered by Tianjin Chengjian University, Bialystok University of Technology and Cracow University of Technology of Poland --International School of Engineering was officially established and has enrolled 229 students for the first intake. There are more than 1,100 long-term and short-term international students from 34 countries. Over 1000 experts and scholars from overseas well-known universities have been invited to carry out academic activities atTCU. TCU has hosted or organized 13 international conferences. TCU has alsobeen granted 90 projects for international experts of Tianjin and characteristic projects of Tianjin Municipal Education Commission, and the university was listed as one of model units in Tianjin for the work of introducing overseas talents. TCU has supported nearly 500 teachers and students to visit overseas universities. TCU has also participated in the construction of Punjab Tianjin University of Technology, with the other two universities of Tianjin. The Joint Research Center for Protective Infrastructure Technology and Environmental Green Bioprocess, jointly established with University of Technology Sydney,Australia, has been in the third batch of international scientific and technological cooperation bases in Tianjin.

Fine teaching conditions, beautiful and harmonious campus.TCU covers 610,100m2, with building area of 455,000m2. The university library and reference rooms of 14 schools own 1.3844 million books, 2.94 million e-books,62,900 e-journals and 83 databases in Chinese and foreign languages. The campus network has  4 gateways and a bandwidth of 8.3Gbps. There are 5,001wireless access points, and the wireless network covers the key areas of teaching & office  and students’ dormitories. The logistics service system is complete and greening coverage rate reaches 41%. Campus cultural activities are various and fascinating; the environment is civilized, orderly,harmonious and stable.    

Dedicated to urbanization and urban modernization, TCU sets up disciplines and programs properly in urban construction area, designs the talent cultivation objectives scientifically, continuously optimizes the talent training programs andstrengthens the practical abilities of students, while forming the education features of “focusing on  urban construction, adhering closely to related industries, emphasizing the cultivation of morality and capability, and cultivating competent and dedicated versatile applied talents”.    

In the future, TCU will focus on the fundamental issues of “what kind of talentsto cultivate, how to cultivate and for whom to cultivate”, hold high the bannerof socialism with Chinese characteristics, thoroughly apply the spirit of Party’s 19th National Congress, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Plenary Session of the19th CPC Central Committee, and fully implement Party’s educational policy and 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 guidance of first-rate disciplinary construction, focusing on undergraduate education, deepen reform and opening up, TCU will continue improving the overall quality for talents’ cultivation and scientific and technological innovation ability, and effectively pushing forward with the authorization for doctoral degree conferral. TCU will spare no efforts to advance strict governance of the Party, promote the high-quality intensive development of school undertakings, so as to lay a solid foundation for the construction of a high level institution featuring urban construction. TCU willcontinuously strive for a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the realization of the Chinese Dream.

(Statistics by October, 2020)

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