Fudan University(复旦大学:Fùdàn dàxué), located in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, is one of China's most prestigious learning institutions. Fudan, founded in 1905, takes its name from a famous line in the Confucian classic(儒家经典:rújiā jīnɡdiǎn) - The Book of History(史记:Shǐ jì): Brilliant are the sunshine and moonlight, again the morning glory after a night. Fudan's name thus means ever pushing forward with renewed energy.

Fudan University is under the direct jurisdiction of the State Ministry of Education, enjoys national construction priority. Fudan University and Shanghai Medical University(上海医科大学:Shànɡhǎi yīkē dàxué) merged into a new Fudan University in April, 2000. Fudan University is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research university with many highly-ranked majors and programs.

Fudan University consists of 29 schools and departments, with seventy undergraduate disciplines. The University confers bachelor's degrees in seventy academic disciplines, and master's degrees in two hundred and twenty five disciplines (with fifty of them established by the University itself), and doctoral degrees in twenty-four Level I and one hundred and fifty-three Level II academic disciplines (with twenty-nine of them established by the University itself). There are also twenty-five research stations that offer postdoctoral fellowships.