The School of Civil Engineering of Tianjin University was established in 1997 by the merger of the Department of Civil Engineering, the Department of Water Resources and Harbor Engineering, and the Department of Naval and Ocean Engineering. Nowadays the School consists of 6 educational units: the Department of Civil Engineering, the Department of Hydraulic and Hydro-power Engineering, the Department of Port Engineering, the Department of Design and Management for Ship and Offshore Engineering, the Department of Ocean Engineering and Intelligent Maritime, and the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering. At present, there are 266 members of teaching staff, and 3,014 full-time students.
The School has 4 undergraduate disciplines, which include Civil Engineering (including three specialized fields: Construction Engineering, Bridge Engineering, and Underground Engineering), Hydraulic and Hydro-power Engineering(including two specialized fields: Hydraulic and Hydro-power Engineering and Geotechnical Mechanics and Engineering), Harbour Waterway and Coastal Engineering as well as Naval and Ocean Engineering(including two specialized areas: Design and Management for Ship and Offshore Engineering and Ocean Engineering and Intelligent Maritime). All four undergraduate programs of the School enjoy the title of National Characteristic Courses, which have a long history of teaching and profound academic background. In recent 5 years, the School has won one first prize of National Teaching Achievement，two second prizes of National Teaching Achievement, and 2 courses have been accredited as “National Excellent Courses”.
The School has three first-level disciplines: Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, and Naval and Ocean Engineering. Doctoral degrees are available on all of these three first-level courses. Besides, the School has a Post-doctoral Mobile station. Hydraulic Engineering and Structure Engineering are accredited as “National Key Discipline”, and Design and Manufacture of Ships and Marine Structures is a “Tianjin Key Discipline”. In the fourth round of discipline evaluation by the Ministry of Education of China, three first-level disciplines got the following assessment results: Civil Engineering got A- (ranked the seventh), Hydraulic Engineering got A- (ranked the third), and Naval and Ocean Engineering got B (ranked the forth). Master programs in Engineering are offered in the following field: Civil Engineering and Hydraulic Engineering （including three directions :Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering and Naval and Ocean Engineering.
At present, there are 194 full-time faculty members in the School, among which 68 are professors, 90 associate professors, 36 lecturers, and 31 experimental technicians. Among the faculty members of the School there are 6 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering (5 of them are double employed), 1 famous teacher in National “10 Thousand Talent Program”, 4 leading professors in Science and Technology participants of the National “10 Thousand Talent Program”, 6 winners of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars , 2 leading scientists who took part in the National “973” Project, 3 leading scientists participants of the Chinese National R&D Program, 5 winners of Tianjin City Outstanding People Award ,6 candidates for the national level of “Millions of Talents” in Engineering Project, 2 leading professors who participated in the program for young and middle-aged scientist “Innovative Talents Promotion Plan” conducted by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, 2 winners of China Youth Science and Technology Award, 9 specialists-holders of the “Special government allowances of the State Council”, 6 winners of the Outstanding Youth Science Foundation Award, 15 candidates for “New Century Excellent Talents Plan” conducted by the Ministry of Education of China, 1 innovative group of the National Science Foundation Committee of China (NSFC), 1 innovative team of the Ministry of Education of China, 2 innovative teams in key areas, participants of “Innovative Talents Promotion Plan” under the supervision of the Ministry of Science and Technology. The School is well-staffed and has a reasonable system of succession.
Our School has 3 teaching and experimental laboratories: Civil Engineering Laboratory Center, Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory Center and Naval and Ocean Engineering Laboratory Center; 3 national-level laboratories: State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety, State Engineering Laboratory of Harbour Hydraulic Construction Technology, and National Facility for Earthquake Engineering Simulation; 10 provincial-level laboratories: Key Laboratory of Binhai Civil Engineering Structure and Safety under the supervision of the Ministry of Education of China, Research Center of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety Monitoring under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Civil Engineering Construction and New Materials, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Harbour and Ocean Engineering, Key Laboratory of Earthquake Engineering Simulation and Seismic Resilience of China Earthquake Administration, Tianjin Engineering Center of Prefabricated Building Technologies , Tianjin Engineering Center of Underground Construction and Safety Techniques , Tianjin Research and Development Center of Steel Structural Engineering, Tianjin Engineering Center of Offshore Wind Power Structures and Construction Equipment Technologies, Joint International Research Center of Marine Renewable Energy; A branch of Collaborative Innovation Center organized in 2011: “Collaborative Innovation Center for High-Tech Watercraft and Deep Sea Development Equipment”, the branch of Tianjin University. The building area is 28,000 square meters, with 10,300 sets of equipment (pieces), valued at 244 million RMB. It has the world’s second largest Ice Engineering Laboratory in China, the world’s leading High-pressure Deep-water Structure Experimental facility, the First Interactive Three-Dimensional Platform for Water Conservancy Engineering Simulations and Analysis in China, the First Perfect Hydro-elastic Test Platform for Drainage Structures in China, and the Advanced Multi-functional Harbour Basin are operated in the School.
The scientific research work of the School adheres to the scientific and technological innovation work concept of "facing the frontiers of world science and technology, facing the main economic battlefield, facing the major needs of the country, and facing the people's life and health", Research is conducted under major national projects and programs such as Chinese National “973” and “863” Research Projects, National Key Research and Development Program of China, Projects entrusted by the National Natural Foundation of China, National Science and Technology Major Projects, National Major Scientific Instruments and Equipment Development Projects as well as under National Science and Technology Support Program. The School is making unremitting efforts to develop basic theories and make improvements in key technological research. From 2016 to 2020, the school won 4 national science and technology awards, 93 provincial and ministerial awards (including social force awards), including 10 special prizes, 41 first prizes, 30 second prizes, and 12 third prizes. In 2020, the school has a competitive scientific research fund of 350 million RMB, more than 360 research papers with SCI index and 410 papers with EI index were published, and researchers of the School were granted with more than 240 patents, out of 450 patents applied.
Over the years, generation after generation the School has brought up a number of outstanding engineers, technical and managerial personnel who have greatly contributed to the field of construction in China.