Tongji University is one of the leading universities directly under the authority of Ministry of Education in China. As a state key university, it has been included in the State-founded Project 211 and the 21st Century Education Rejuvenation Action Plan of China.
After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Tongji University became an engineering university following a nationwide restructuring of institutions of higher learning in 1952. It was the largest university of civil engineering and offered the most specialized engineering programs in China. The university has developed rapidly into a multidisciplinary university featuring sciences, engineering, economics, management, liberal arts and law, with the initiation of the open up policy under the authorization of the central government in 1978.
The university has more than 50,000 students, around 4,200 teaching and research staff, among which 718 are full professors or researchers, 1499 are associate professors or associate researchers. Among the staff there are 5 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 7 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering. As one of the state key research centers, the university has 14 state key laboratories and engineering research centers either at the state level or ministerial and provincial level.There are 6 hospitals and 3 middle schools affiliated with the university.
The university has five campuses covering a total area of 247 hectares. The Siping campus is situated on Siping Road of Shanghai, the west campus on Zhennan Road of Shanghai, the east campus on Wudong Road and the north campus on Gonghe Xin Road of Shanghai. The Jiading campus is located inside Shanghai International Automotive City in Jiading, a suburban district of Shanghai.