The oldest institution of higher learning in modern Chinese history is Tianjin University. The 125-year history of Tianjin University, which was originally founded as Peiyang University in 1895, represents the advancement of contemporary Chinese higher education and the Chinese people’s tenacity in the face of adversity. The University has been a pioneer in a number of sectors over its three centuries of expansion, from China’s first aviation engine to the country’s first hydraulics laboratory. The following timeline lists every significant turning point in Tianjin University’s history. Observe TJU grow over the years into the premier research and teaching institution it is today, taking each step as it comes.