Founded in 1895 as Peiyang University, Tianjin University (TJU) is the first modern university in China.
In 1937, some universities including Peiyang University formed the Northwest United University , the Chemical Engineering Department belonged to the Institute of Technology. In 1952, 7 top chemical engineering departments were merged into the Chemical Engineering Department at TJU. In 1997, the School of Chemical Engineering and Technology (SCET) is formed based on the original Chemical Engineering Department. After years of development and construction, SCET has produced outstanding achievements in education, research and professional training. The discipline of chemical engineering has ranked No.1 in China Discipline Ranking (CDR) for consecutive ranking years of 2003, 2006, and 2012, and meanwhile Tianjin Co-Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering(COIC-CSE) became one of the first 14 collaborative innovation centers of in China.