Fudan University was established in Shanghai in 1905, first known as “Fudan Public School”. Mr. Ma Xiangbo, the founder, was a renowned educator at the time, who was hoping to strengthen China through education. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the founding father of China, acted as the director of the board of trustees. Since its establishment, Fudan has been regarded as a symbol of China seeking enlightenment from the Western world. Along the 113 years since its establishment, Fudan has been distinguished as the leading globally-focused, research driven university in China. This recognition is reflected by the fact that Fudan has consistently been ranked among the top three universities in China and 44th worldwide according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings. Nowadays, Fudan continues its pursuit of excellence and commits to powerful research and education.
Fudan is a member of the C9 League, Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). It is composed of four campuses: Handan, Fenglin, Zhangjiang, and Jiangwan. Fudan offers 70 undergraduate majors, 243 master degree programs, and 154 doctoral degree programs. Fudan enrolls 33,445 full-time students, including over 2,000 international students. Fudan has a high-level research faculty of over 2,800 full-time teachers and researchers, 46 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science and Engineering, and 94 professors of the Changjiang Scholars Program.