Fudan University, the Chinese partner university for The University of Sydney Confucius Institute, was established in 1905 in the dramatically ascending global city of Shanghai. Its name "Fudan" was taken 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", which means unremitting effort.
Fudan University is under the direct jurisdiction of China's State Ministry of Education, and enjoys national construction priority. The Department of Chinese Language and Literature was founded in 1925. With the ongoing efforts of several generations of scholars, this department now boasts a leading place in teaching and research in China.
Fudan has an enrolment of 25,000 full-time degree candidates and another 11,000 studying at the schools of continuing education and online education. The University's population of foreign students ranks second in China. Emulating the other successful institutions of tertiary education at home and abroad, Fudan has established its own progressive and tailored curriculum and management system. The University actively incubates high-tech industries and encourages them to convert knowledge to power. A multi-pattern development of businesses helps the University efficiently industrialise research outcomes.
Fudan boasts a qualified faculty of more than 2,300 full-time teachers and researchers, including 1,350 professors and associate professors. In recent years, the University has been proactive in attracting some of the best talent and maintaining its place among the most respected tertiary institutions in China. Fudan University is a member of the Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks.