Strategic Partnership between Fudan University and the University of Vienna

On June 17, the University of Vienna signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Fudan University. The agreement serves to foster scientific exchange and cooperation with one of China’s top universities.

Established in 1905 and located in Shanghai, Fudan University is one of the five most prestigious universities in China. It hosts around 300 research institutes, offers 70 bachelor degree programs, 224 master degrees and 189 doctoral degree programs. The comprehensive research university is well placed in international university rankings – # 44 in QS World University Rankings 2019 and #5 of the top universities in China 2019 according to the THE World University Rankings. Fudan University is member of the "C9 League", the Chinese counterpart to the Ivy League.

Fudan University Library. (© Fudan University)

Strengthening ties of cooperation

In 2010 Heinz W. Engl, rector of the University of Vienna has been awarded an honorary professorship at Fudan University for his achievements in industrial mathematics and the mathematics of inverse problems.    

Fudan University and the University of Vienna entered into a university-wide partnership in 2015. By signing a Strategic Partnership agreement, both universities commit to a growing and more intensive cooperation in the fields of research, teaching, student exchange and administration.   

As a starting point, scientists of the Research Platform Data Science @ Uni Vienna and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna travelled to Fudan University in spring of 2019. This initiative helped to map out future possibilities of cooperation.

Meeting on the Strategic Partnership at the University of Vienna. (© Zsolt Marton)

Close cooperation in East Asia and beyond

The internationalisation strategy of the University of Vienna identifies East Asia as a focus region. With Fudan University and Peking University, the University of Vienna now has two Strategic Partner Universities in this region. Further Strategic Partners are the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Chicago.

The International Office of the University of Vienna supports cooperation activities with Strategic Partner Universities through funding programs such as Mobility Fellowships (for research activities of three weeks to three months for predocs, postdocs and professors) and Joint Seminars (for workshops to develop joint research projects). Participation in these programs will be open for activities with Fudan University by October 2019.