Tianjin Sino-German University of Applied Sciences (TSGUAS) is the first university of applied technology approved by Ministry of Education of China. The University originates from former Tianjin Sino-German Vocational College, a merger of Tianjin Sino-German Modern Industrial Technology Training Center (built in 1985) and Tianjin Business Management Training Center. TSGUAS is the largest central governmental level cooperation project among China, Germany, Japan and Spain in vocational education and training. The university, located in Tianjin Haihe Education Park coasting Bohai Sea, is under the supervision of Tianjin Municipal People’s Government. TSGUAS is one of the candidates for winning the Master-degree Conferring Qualification during the period of 2017-2020 in Tianjin. The municipal government has also designated the university status of developing a world-level university of applied technology, with that clarified goal to be achieved by 2030.
In May 2013, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the People's Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, visited Tianjin Vocational Skills Public Training Center in Haihe Education Park and communicated with teachers and students of the university. In October 2014, Premier Li Keqiang, during his visit to Germany and attendance at the 7th Chinese-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation, presented the Luban Lock made by students of the university as the state gift to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which greatly improved the influence of Chinese vocational education. By attending the National Vocational Students Skills Competition in June 2008, June 2013 and May 2017, Liu Yandong, then member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council visited TSGUAS three times. In April 2011, Zhang Gaoli, then Secretary of the CPC Tianjin Municipal Committee, Lu Xin, then Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education and other relevant leaders visited the university and spoke highly of the planning, construction and relocation of the new campus. In April 2017, Chen Changzhi, then vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Chairman of the Central Committee of China National Democratic Construction Association and Chairman of the China Vocational Education Association, met and had a friendly talk with the university leaders. In October 2018, Li Hongzhong, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Tianjin Municipal Committee, attended the opening ceremony of the Lancang-Mekong Vocational Education Training Center built by TSGUAS in Cambodia and highly praised the work and efforts the university had made. In April 2020, Zhang Guoqing, then mayor of Tianjin, visited the university.
The University covers an area of 165 acres with a building area of 297,300 m2 and has 365 experimental and training labs and workshops integrating teaching, leaning and practicing functions. There are more than 20,000 sets of teaching and research instruments and equipment in the university, with the total worth of over 500 million yuan, most of which are advanced production-oriented equipment imported from Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Besides, TSGUAS has 4 provincial and ministerial level scientific research platforms, such as Tianjin Engineering Technology Center, Tianjin Popular Science Base, etc. In collaboration with China Automotive Technology and Research Center Co., Ltd., School of Mechanical Engineering of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Tianjin Tianduan Press Co., Ltd., and Inventec Electronics (Tianjin) Co., Ltd., the university has jointly established 15 scientific research platforms, such as the National and Local Joint Engineering Research Center, the National Collaborative Innovation Center, and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Enterprise, etc. In addition, the university also built Aviation and Aerospace Discipline Group together with Civil Aviation University of China. By following the practical teaching concept of “cultivating outstanding talents with high-end equipment and advanced technology”, the university is committed to building a multi-type and production-education integrated “teaching factory” to meet the needs of the manufacturing and manufacturing service industries.
Currently, TSGUAS has 9 major groups of applied disciplines, including Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Automation Technology, Aviation & Aerospace Technology and Service, Automobile Technology and Service, Software and Communication Technology, New Energy Technology, Economic and Trade Management, Cultural Creativity and Art Design, Applied Languages. Besides, there are 21 undergraduate majors and 25 higher vocational majors, with the engineering majors taking the first place and coordinated development of management science and art related majors. At present, the university is focusing on applying for the master's degree programs in Machinery, and jointly cultivating graduate students with Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Tianjin University of Technology and Education, etc. There are 11,508 full-time students, including 89 international students. In the last three years, the university has provided non-academic educational training for nearly 85,000 people.
There are over 720 teaching faculty members, among whom 40% are entitled as associate professors or above, and 84% received a master degree or above. Every discipline group of the university is equipped with foreign experts and visiting professors. At present, there are 12 specially-appointed professors and more than 60 visiting professors. Among over 100 foreign experts once worked in the university, 5 had won the National Friendship Award and 7 had won the Tianjin Haihe Friendship Award. The university has 2 national-level teaching teams and a group of high-level talents, including the young and middle-aged technology innovation leading talents of the Tianjin Innovation Talent Promotion Plan, prominent teachers of provincial and ministerial level, and the first-level candidates of Tianjin “131” innovation talent training project. 75% of the full-time teachers in the university have enterprise working experience and 3 of them are national-level technical experts and 4 are provincial and ministerial level technical experts. In addition, the university has one municipal Skills Master Studio.
The university has respectively won 1 special prize，2 first prize and 7 second prize of National Excellent Teaching Achievement. It has completed 15 national-level excellent courses and 9 national-level excellent resource sharing courses. Throughout the years, the university has planned, designed, undertaken and carried out 31 national skills competitions and was successively awarded the Huang Yanpei Vocational Education Outstanding Principal Award, Outstanding School Award, Outstanding Teacher Award and Theoretical Research Award. In recent years, it has undertaken 12 national research projects, 207 provincial and ministerial research projects, won 15 provincial and ministerial scientific and technological awards, 751 authorized patents and sent 448 scientific & technological commissioners to serve enterprises from 2017 to 2020, ranking first in terms of funding among other universities in Tianjin for 4 consecutive years. The university took the lead in establishing the Social Science Association of Tianjin Sino-German Universities of Applied Sciences and the Tianjin Sino-German Universities of Applied Sciences Working Committee of the Tianjin China Vocational Education Association.
With more than 30 years of school-running experience, TSGUAS has formed its own school-running feature with 3 development pillars: international cooperation, school-enterprise cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Based on the government-level cooperation among China, Germany, Japan and Spain, the university has established its cooperative relationship with Canada, Australia, the United States, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Cambodia, Cuba, Hong Kong (China), Taiwan (China) and other countries and regions. TSGUAS is entitled as "Sino-German (Tianjin) Vocational Education Cooperation Demonstration Base" approved by the Ministry of Education of China, “Talent Introduction Demonstration Base of Tianjin Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs” and “Tianjin Internship and Practice Base for International Students”. And the university also was approved as "Tianjin Sino-German University of Applied Sciences Intelligent Manufacturing Training Pilot Demonstration Base" by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China and awarded as "National Demonstration Institution of Foreign Talents". In addition, TSGUAS is the first in Tianjin to build the joint-running school of junior college education with a foreign country: Sino-Spain school of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
TSGUAS took the initiative to serve the industry development by undertaking a series of large school-enterprise cooperation projects with more than 20 companies, including Tianjin Aerospace Long March Rocket Company , Tianjin Airbus, Tianjin Airline, Bosch Rexroth, Volkswagen Automatic Transmission, Flender, Phoenix, GF, Magna, CSIP, DMG, NZWL, Schlote, Sugon, Haier and etc. The university also has organized more than 90 school-enterprise contracted courses of different modes to provide targeted training for more than 3000 technicians. In addition, the university systematically constructed an coordinated educational ecosystem integrating “policy, production, learning, research, funding and application” and was entitled as “National-level Markerspace” by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and “National High Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship Base for Practice Cultivation” by the Ministry of Education of China. Besides, the university and Tianjin Jinnan District government cooperatively built an “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Achievements Transformation Center”, which served to the registration of 299 enterprises.
The university seeks support in providing service and achieves development in making contribution. For example, it actively serves the Coordinated Development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region and helps the construction of Chengde College of Applied Technology. Additionally, the university also makes contribution to carry out the Belt and Road Initiative by building the Lancang-Mekong Vocational Training Center & Cambodian Luban Workshop and Nigerian Luban Workshop, serves “Made-in China 2025” strategy by cooperating with many elite enterprises like Georg Fischer, Phoenix Contact, Googol Tech, and Tianduan Tech to build “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform”, supports Military-Civilian Integration Strategy by building the training base for high-skilled personnel in the field of defense-related science and technology industries in Tianjin, undertakes “Targeted Poverty Alleviation” duty by supporting the vocational education for Bijie, Guizhou Province, taking part in building Hetian Polytechnic, providing pairing assistance for Jiuquan Vocational Technical College and Hengshui College of Vocational Technology, enrolling Bilingual Class students from Xinjiang and providing pairing assistance for poverty-stricken villages.
By adhering to the motto spirit of “Practicality, Perfection and Integrity” and the schooling essence of “Inclusiveness, Dedication and Harmonious Cooperation”, TSGUAS has always been focusing on serving the industrial development, inheriting the craftsman’s spirit of “excellence, honesty and trustworthiness” and being committed to training senior technicians, front-line engineers and craftsmen who are “politically upright, highly skilled, honest, trustworthy, rational and moderate”. At present, TSGUAS is earnestly constructing a modern vocational education system and heading with every effort toward the goal of building a world-top university of applied sciences.
Data as of September 30th, 2020.