Fudan University was founded in 1905, is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research university ranked among the top 5 universities in China. Its name literally means "heavenly light shines day after day". The main campus is located in downtown Shanghai, complete with modern campus services and amenities, and all the advantages of being very close to the city center.
Fudan consists of seventeen schools (which comprise of sixty six departments) and four independent departments. It has about 44,000 enrolled students, with more than 3,000 international students and approximately 600 short-term international students enrolled in language programs. One of the first few institutions in China to accept international students, language and culture programs have been offered to visiting students since the 1950's.
Visiting students in the language and culture program at Fudan will take classes at the International Culture and Exchange School (ICES) according to their level of Mandarin.
Fudan University became one of the national elite universities after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Fudan is accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education and is one of the top institutions of advanced learning and higher education in China.
In most academic rankings of Chinese universities, Fudan is ranked as the top university in Shanghai and among the top five in China.
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Shanghai is the largest Chinese city by population and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2013. It is a global financial center, and a transport hub with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in East China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.
For centuries a major administrative, shipping, and trading town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to European recognition of its favorable port location and economic potential. The city was one of five opened to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the First Opium War while the subsequent 1842 Treaty of Nanking and 1844 Treaty of Whampoa allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement and the French Concession. The city then flourished as a center of commerce between east and west, and became the undisputed financial hub of the Asia Pacific in the 1930s.However, with the Communist Party takeover of the mainland in 1949, trade was reoriented to focus on socialist countries, and the city's global influence declined.
In the 1990s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city.