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. In the 114 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 3 universities in China and 40th worldwide according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings. Nowadays, Fudan continues its pursuit of excellence and commits to powerful research and education.
Fudan University is home to 13,623 undergraduates and associate degree candidates, 22,610 graduates, 3,672 international students and 3,110 full-time teaching faculty and researchers. Fudan hosts 47 members of Chinese Academy of Sciences and members of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 Distinguished Professor, 13 Senior Professors, and 119 winners of the National Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars.