International Exchange
Tongji is actively pushing its internationalization, and has become a window of overseas educational, cultural and scientific exchanges. The Sino-German College for Graduate Study, Sino-French Institute of Engineering and Management, Sino-German College of Applied Sciences, Sino-Italian Campus, and Sino-Finnish Center have become influential platform institutions. Apart from them, Tongji also works with UN agencies to form the UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development and the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO. Among the honorary doctors or honorary professors of Tongji University, there are many world-renowned scholars and foreign political celebrities like architect Leoh Ming Pei, master of game theory Zelten, Academician of French Academy François Cheng, Ex-Chancellors of Germany Kohl, Schröder, Christian Wulff and Annette Schavan, Ex-Under-Secretary-General of United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP Töpfer, and Italian Prime Minister Prodi. In 2010, Tongji became the Chinese Secretariat of SEEEP (Sino-European Engineering Education Platform), and the leading founder of E-9 (Nine Excellent Universities).

Every year Tongji University receives about 5000 foreign visitors, among which are High-ranking officials of foreign governments or international organizations. In 2000, Switzerland President Ogi visited Tongji; in 2001, Austria President Klestil paid a visit to Tongji; in 2002, Germany President Schröder visited Tongji; in 2004 French President Chiraque, Under-Secretary-General of UN Töpfer and UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura made a visit to Tongji respectively; in 2006 Italian Prime Minister Prodi came to Tongji on an official visit; in 2007 German president Köhler, Under-Secretary-General of UN Steiner visited Tongji. Tongji University also invited many Nobel Prize winners to deliver lectures to the students. In Tongji, about 4000 teachers and students go abroad for academic exchange and about 40 international or regional academic conferences are held every year.

Tongji University attaches great importance to the education of international students. Tongji’s three Confucius Schools in Tokyo, Japan, Kyung Hee, Korean, and Hanov, Germany have secured their smooth operation. In 2011, there are 4862 international students studying at Tongji University, and the students are from more than 160 countries and regions.