The School of Philosophy of Fudan University was formerly known as the Department of Philosophy, which was established in 1956 as one of the three earliest departments of philosophy in the People’s Republic of China. In October 2006, it was upgraded into the School of Philosophy, which includes the department of philosophy and the department of religious studies.

The School of Philosophy is one of top three philosophical institutions in Chinese universities. According to the 2012 world university rankings by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), it was ranked the 15th globally, and the first in Asia. Currently the School has an in-serve teaching staff of 66, 41 of whom are professors. It has 657 students in total (including 32 international students), with 299 undergraduates and 358 graduate students. During the latest 10 years, the School had made important progress in many different aspects, especially in the area of international academic cooperation.

After more than 60 years’ development, the School of Philosophy has been developed into a leading academic institution dedicated to philosophical research and philosophical education. It has been running a series of high-level academic programs that covers various fields in philosophical studies and religious studies. It has a highly competent faculty. It has trained more than 5000 professionals for the society.

Within this more than 60 years’ development, the School of Philosophy has also formed her own tradition, which is characterized by the openness to different philosophical traditions, the dedication to academic researches, the focus on thinking and the service for society.