The potential for the university to spawn remarkable engineers is huge, as no less than 59,000 students attend its courses. There are being guided by an army of 4,200 professors and researchers in 22 different departments.
“Audi has been represented in the Chinese market for 22 years now, and with great success. China is an important driver for electromobility. That is why we are investing locally, with the Audi Tongji Joint Lab, in research and education,” Rupert Stadler, Audi chairman of the board said in a statement on the subject.
The Tongji University is the place where China built its first wind tunnel. Opened last year, the wind tunnel can simulate different sorts of driving environments and can help automakers test cars, buses, SUVs, trucks and even trains.
Audi has been involved in collaboration programs with the University since January, when it started a series of technical projects for a bachelor’s or master’s degree or doctorate. Audi will also be setting up a student exchange program, with the most important endeavor being the creation of an Audi A6L electric car in the near future.
“Together with our long-time partner, Audi, we want to continue to shape China’s automotive industry. Electromobility plays a major role here,” said An Tiecheng, FAW-Volkswagen president. “The Audi Tongji Joint Lab is an important milestone on our path to this goal.”