Tianjin Foreign Studies University

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Tianjin Foreign Studies University

Tianjin Foreign Studies University (TFSU), specialized in language and cultural studies, is one of the earliest eight such designated institutions of higher learning. Tianjin (formerly spelled Tientsin) Foreign Studies University’s was founded in 1921. The university was renamed Jingu University and Hebei University, successively. In 1964, at the proposals of former Chinese premier Zhou Enlai, the then-Qinhuangdao Foreign Languages Vocational School. In 2010, it was renamed as “Tianjin Foreign Studies University”. TFSU began to offer graduate programs in 1979, and was designated in 1981 as one of the first institutions authorized by the State Council to confer Master’s Degrees, which was a great leap forward in the school’s evolution.   Today’s TFSU has two campuses, occupying a total of approximately 70 hectares. The older one, sitting on Machang Road, features quintessential classical European-style architecture, whose beauty never fails to attract visitors. The other campus, completed in 2002, is located in the picturesque university garden of the New Binhai Area, one of China’s most prosperous hubs for development.    The University has 14 colleges and departments that grant both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate programs are offered like English Studies, Japanese Studies, European Studies, Asian & African Studies, International Business, Chinese Culture & Communications, and Law. Other academic units (e.g. the School of Educational Technology, the School of International Exchange, the School of Continuing Education, the Department of Fundamental Courses, the Foreign Language Education Center, and the Department of Physical Education & Athletic Training). The Humanities at TFSU focus on language studies, embracing programs in English, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Swahili studies, as well as translation & interpretation, Chinese literature, and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL). Its 10,000 students come from China’s 28 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions. The faculty is a richly diverse group of men and women who are leaders in their respective fields of study, among whom at least 50% (up to 90% in some majors) have experience studying or working abroad, and 22.5% have obtained Doctorate Degrees. More than half of the faculty members hold professorship, among whom 19% are graduate students’ supervisors. Each year, over 100 international experts and teachers are invited to work at the university.   The university has established a worldwide network of international education with over 70 higher education institutions across 18 countries to provide easy access to overseas studies. Meanwhile, a number of Confucius Institutes are co-sponsored by the university with Soonchunhyany University (Korea), University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Toulouse I (France), and Volgograd State Pedagogical University (Russia) each playing a significant role in promoting the world’s understanding of Chinese culture. Additionally, training facilities like the Korea’s Sejong School, Germany’s Goethe German Language Center, and the United States’ ESEC Program are provided to students for bicultural studies.  TFSU has served society for decades by constantly getting involved in big events like the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2010 Shanghai EXPO, and the 2010 Summer Davos exhibition. In 2008, the university received the award for “Significant Contribution to Translation” issued jointly by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) and the Translators Association of China.