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Tianjin University

School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology

No. 92, Weijin Road
300072, Tianjin
China

Tianjin University (TJU) was founded in 1895 as Peiyang University, the first modern university in China. TJU is recognized nationwide and abroad for its motto of “Seeking Truth from Facts”, its ethos of  “Precision in Learning and Strictness in Teaching” and its tradition of “Patriotic Dedication”. Supported by Chinese Ministry of Education, TJU is one of few higher learning institutions to be included into the first batch of "985", "211" and "2011" projects. In 2017, TJU was listed as a “Double First-Class” university in China.
The School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology (SPST) was founded in July 2000 and ratified by the TianJin University (TJU) Board.  This school was developed by founding Dean Zhao Kang, a Yangtze Scholar with PhD from Columbia University, and Dean Emeritus, Shen Jiaxiang, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering with PhD from London University.  In January 2013, President Li of Tianjin University invited Prof. Jay Siegel, with PhD from Princeton University, to be the second Dean of SPST. Through efforts of reform and development under the direction of Dean Siegel, SPST has grown to an internationally enriched group of 33 professors and 25 associate professors.
Organizational Structure:  SPST has established an Executive Council, responsible for planning future developments of SPST.  Additionally, SPST has established an international group of 14 experts as an Advisory Council, to provide guidance and suggestions for the developments of the school. This team is responsible for developing future vision and directions of the school, and serves on a panel for hiring new members of the school.   
Administrative Policy: A principle component of the administrative policy involved establishment of a clear recruitment and promotion policy, based on regularly scheduled performance reviews founded on achievements in research, scholastic, educational, and service activities. Efforts are made to promote excellence along a personal contribution vector with different components of strength over these various areas. A second component of equal priority is the streamlining of meetings and operations so that maximum time is available for productive scholarly pursuits and a minimum of time is needed for administration.
Curriculum: Initial stages of curriculum development involved a transition of the initial career to one more broad and all in English.  A second stage, now in progress, is to take a deeper look at the curriculum as compared with a set of international and domestic peer institutes. Early results suggest a need for greater expansion in areas such as statistics, cell biology, economics, toxicology, safety and ethical practice. Because the entire curriculum has been established in English as the specific requirements in Pharmacy Administration and Management, the university requirements for specific breadth courses in such areas as foreign language and management outside the discipline have been reduced. Internationalization of the curriculum also includes a strong recruitment of students from traditionally English speaking areas such as the US, UK, EU, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand.
Talents Recruitment: In order to provide competitive faculty forces with an international broad vision for the School’s teaching and research, SPST has been and will continue to recruit young international talents in a continuous way for the foreseeable future. Initial efforts recruited in larger numbers to initiate the larger school profile, and now has moved to its second stage where multiple recruitments per year across specific disciplines is the goal for the next years.
Infrastructure and Services: A set of modern core facilities are being developed to match the research and teaching needs of the recruited faculty, and to match the quality of the modernized lab space/physical plant. This includes such infrastructure cores as high-field NMR, Mass Spectrometry, separation science, X-ray crystal analysis, molecular/biological assays, automated methods for synthesis and analysis, and high performance computing. In addition, a general process laboratory for chemical production and analysis is planned to provide training for students and postdocs as well as service manufacturing on kilogram scale for industry and academia.
Industry Affiliations: Many of the activities of SPST dovetail well with interests of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. SPST intends to target a broad interaction profile with industry through internship programs, research collaborations, contract services, student placement, and joint instruction. SPST is looking to open lines of discussion with key industry partners so that the growth and development of SPST can harmonize in a flexible and dynamic way to benefit industry and academia.