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Tianjin University

Peiyang University

Last modified: 2023-06-24 by ian macdonald
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Prior flag as Peiyang University
[older flag of Peiyang University] image by Miles Li, 5 May 2023
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Description of the flag

Tianjin University was established as Peiyang University in Tianjin, China in 1895; its current name dates from 1951. The flag shown on the link was the university flag before the name change. It was a blue-white-gold horizontal tricolour, with a red square at the centre of the white stripe bearing the university coat-of-arms (also before the name change).

The university coat-of-arms, clearly inspired by that of the University of Oxford, could be blazoned as: "Azure, upon a book open or having on the dexter side five (or six) ribbons of the like the words 實事求是 (Seek Truth From Facts) of the field, all between three castles two and one or." The escutcheon was placed upon a golden ornamental shield bearing the words 國立北洋大學 (National Peiyang University) in blue at the top.

The golden colour commemorated the university's foundation by Imperial edict as the first western-style public university in China, while blue, which is still the colour of Tianjin University, represents the university's location in the coastal city of Tianjin.
Miles Li, 5 May 2023

The third stripe looks more orange than red to me, corresponding with the surrounding of the azure shield. Compare it with the square field in the middle of the flag which looks really red on my screen.
Martin Karner, 14 October, 2004

The general pattern of the current flag is the same as Jilin University, but it has a white bar near the top and bottom; and the shield and the school name is orange bordered white. The shield is basically the ornamental shield of Peiyang, but merely inscribed "Peiyang" and "1895" on it.
John Ma, 27 February 2006