Fudan University

Coordinates: 31°17′56″N 121°29′57″E / 31.29889°N 121.49917°E / 31.29889; 121.49917 (Fudan University)
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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. It was founded by the Chinese former Jesuit priest Ma Xiangbo in 1905.

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, by the Chinese Jesuit priest Ma Xiangbo. 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
BCUR National[6] Domestic 5
Wu Shulian National[7] Domestic 8
CUAA National[8] Alumni 3
QS National[9] General 4
THE National[10] General 4
QS Asia
(Asia version)[11]
General 7
THE Asia
(Asia version)[12]
General 8
ARWU World[13] Research 56
QS World[14] General 50
THE World[15] General 44
USNWR World[16] General =116

Subject rankings[edit]

Research output rankings[edit]

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.[20] The 2023 CWTS Leiden Ranking ranked Fudan 13th in the world based on their publications for the time period 2018–2021.[21]

Notable alumni[edit]

Since 1952, Fudan University has a total of 95 academicians alumni, second only to Peking University and Tsinghua University in China.[22] Fudan's notable alumni include Chen Yinke, Chen Wangdao, Chu Coching, Yan Fu, Yu Youren, Chen Zhili, and "China's Kissinger" Wang Huning.[23][24]


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.[25][26] 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.[27][28]

The Hungarian government made an agreement to open the first campus of Fudan University outside China in Budapest in 2024.[29] 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.[30] Education professionals and politicians denounced the investment, citing economics, higher education and national security concerns.[31]

See also[edit]


  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". www.fudan.edu.cn. Retrieved 7 January 2024.
  5. ^ "复旦大学". polymer.xmu.edu.cn. Retrieved 7 January 2024.
  6. ^ "2024 Best Chinese Universities Ranking". Shanghai Ranking. 2024. Retrieved 17 April 2024.
  7. ^ "Wu Shulian University Ranking". Chinese Academy of Management Science. 2023. Retrieved 5 March 2024.
  8. ^ Chinese Universities Alumni Association (2024). "Alumni Association (22nd Edition): Chinese University Rankings 2024". Retrieved 16 January 2024. Alternative URL
  9. ^ "QS University Rankings 2024 - China (Mainland)". Top Universities. 2024. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  10. ^ "THE University Rankings 2024 - China". Times Higher Education (THE). 2024. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings: Asia 2024". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2024. Retrieved 8 November 2023.
  12. ^ "Asia University Rankings 2024". Times Higher Education. 2024. Retrieved 30 April 2024.
  13. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2023. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  14. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2024. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  15. ^ "THE World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. 2024. Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  16. ^ U.S.News & World Report (2022). "Best Global Universities - US News". Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  17. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024". QS World University Rankings.
  18. ^ "World University Rankings by subject". Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  19. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023". Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  20. ^ "2023 tables: Institutions - academic | Annual tables | Nature Index". www.natureindex.com. Retrieved 22 June 2023.
  21. ^ Studies (CWTS), Centre for Science and Technology. "CWTS Leiden Ranking". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved 22 June 2023.
  22. ^ "百度安全验证".
  23. ^ "上海地方志:江南第一学府——复旦大学". Archived from the original on 19 January 2023. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  24. ^ "吴邦国在庆祝复旦大学建校百年大会上的讲话".
  25. ^ "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.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "Freedom curbs raise academic collaboration uncertainty". University World News. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  28. ^ "Chinese Universities Are Enshrining Communist Party Control In Their Charters". NPR.org. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  29. ^ "2024-ben megnyílhat a sanghaji Fudan Egyetem budapesti campusa" (in Hungarian). Index.hu. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  30. ^ Balogh Krisztina (6 April 2021). "Egyre közelebb a kínai sztáregyetem Budapesthez" (in Hungarian). Index.hu. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  31. ^ Bozzay Balázs (12 April 2021). "Kínai titkosügynökökről kérdezett Ungár a parlamentben, az államtitkár szerint büszkék lehetünk, hogy a Fudan minket választott" (in Hungarian). Telex.hu. Retrieved 15 June 2021.

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