Tongji University has always been attaching great importance to developing culture, aiming at giving full play to culture in cultivating talents and enhancing cultural cohesion and soft power. Under such circumstances, the 12th Five-year Plan for Cultural Development of Tongji University was formulated and steadfastly followed as the guidance for improving the cultural landscape consisting of four modules full of Tongji characteristics, namely “Guidance of Cultural Direction”, “Cultivation of Cultural Environment”, “Support of Cultural Carrier” and “Spread of Cultural Influence”, which will work as a strong intellectual and cultural support for university’s overall development.
Continuous efforts have been made to enrich and diversify the development of campus culture with cultures at college and disciplinary levels at the core, including consistently improving and expanding the application of online and new media to create a vivid and comprehensive media platform, focusing on research and education about the Tongji history to ensure the passing down of the Tongji spirit from one generation to another. In addition, the essence of traditional Chinese culture will be actively advocated and spread to deepen students’ and teachers’ awareness of and confidence in Chinese culture; the nurturing and practice of the core socialist values will be integrated into the cultural and ethical progress.
Meanwhile, Tongji University spares no efforts to establish a public platform for sharing cultural resources, greatly enriching the cultural and recreational life on campus. The carriers of cultural inheritance and innovation are diversified through further strengthening the development of the national base for culture-oriented quality education in Tongji and the Tongji arts practice base for university students in Shanghai, deepening the influence of fine arts activities on campus, and improving the services and functions of libraries, archives, gallery of Tongji University history and museums. Besides, the Festival of Arts held every year provides the staff and students with a broad arena allowing their exposure to arts and display of talents.