Fudan University, located in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, is one of China's most prestigious learning institutions. Fudan, founded in 1905, takes its name from a famous line in the Confucian classic the Book of History: Brilliant are the sunshine and moonlight, again the morning glory after a night. Fudan's name thus means ever pushing forward with renewed energy. Fudan University is under the direct jurisdiction of the State Ministry of Education, enjoys national construction priority. Fudan University and Shanghai Medical University merged into a new Fudan University in April 2000.
Fudan University boasts excellent faculty, consisting of both pioneering young researchers and famous senior scholars of great achievements. It consists of 29 schools and departments, with 70 undergraduate disciplines and has a qualified faculty of over 2,481 full-time teachers and researchers, including 1,400 full professors and associate professors, 35 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 831 doctoral advisors, 50 chair professors and 25 lecture professors of the Cheungkong Scholars Program, 11 chief scientists of Project 973 and thirty-three "Young and Middle-Aged Experts Nationally Acknowledged for Their Outstanding Achievements".
Fudan now has an enrollment of 26,792 full-time degree candidates. Another 20,670 are studying at the schools of Continuing Education and Online Education. Besides, the University's population of foreign students is 2,812 today. It also has active academic exchanges with other universities both at home and abroad and has established cooperation and exchange relations with over 200 universities and research institutions from 30 countries and regions.
The single and solitary goal of Fudan is to cultivate more and more all-round talents for modern China. Emulating the other successful institutions of tertiary and quaternary education at home and abroad, the University has been carrying out a series of daring experiments to integrate the various disciplines of learning and to utilize the abundant resources of a comprehensive university. After years of exploring and practicing, Fudan has now established its own curriculum and management system, both of which are unique and progressively improving.