University description (as per official university website)
Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan"（the garden of Yan）, is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (or 274 hectares). It stands near to the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace.
Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines.
Thus Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future.
Founded in 1898, Peking University was originally known as the Imperial University of Peking. It was the first national university covering comprehensive disciplines in China, and has been a leading institution of higher education in China since its establishment. It also served as the highest administration for education at the beginning of its founding.
In 1912, the university adopted its present name. At the end of the 20th century, the Chinese government put Peking University at the top of its agenda for promoting higher education, with the aim to build a world-class university in the 21st Century. After merging with Beijing Medical University in 2000, Peking University once again was strengthened in its disciplinary structure.
Peking University has continually played the essential role of pioneers in the course of China's modernization. The university's traditional emphasis on patriotism, progress, democracy, and science, together with its educational standards of diligence, precision, factualism, and innovation, have been passed down from generation to generation.
Schools & Departments
School of Mathematical Sciences
School of Physics
College of Chemistry
School of Life Sciences
College of Urban and Environmental Sciences
Department of Psychology
School of Earth and Space Sciences
School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science
Institute of Computer Science & Technology
College of Engineering
School of Software and Microelectronics
College of Environmental Science and Engineering
Department of Chinese Language and Literature
Department of History
School of Archaeology and Museology
Department of Philosophy
School of Foreign Languages
School of Arts
School of Chinese as a Second Language
School of International Studies
School of Economics
Guanghua School of Management
Department of Information Management
Department of Sociology
School of Government
School of Marxism
Graduate School of Education
School of Journalism and Communication
Institute of Population Research
China Center for Economic Research
Department of Physical Education
Institute of Molecular Medicine
Advanced Technology Institute
Institute of Social Science Survey
Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies
The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
ShenZhen Graduate School