About Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang”. The school was renamed "Tsinghua School" in 1912. The university section was founded in 1925. The name “National Tsinghua University” was adopted in 1928.
The faculty greatly valued the interaction between Chinese and Western cultures, the sciences and humanities, the ancient and modern. Tsinghua scholars Wang Guowei, Liang Qichao, Chen Yinque and Zhao Yuanren, renowned as the "Four Tutors" in the Institute of Chinese Classics, advocated this belief and had a profound impact on Tsinghua's later development.
Tsinghua University was forced to move to Kunming and join with Peking University and Nankai University to form the Southwest Associated University due to the Resistance War against the Japanese Invasion in 1937. In 1946 The University was moved back to its original location in Beijing after the war.
After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the University was molded into a polytechnic institute focusing on engineering in the nationwide restructuring of universities and colleges undertaken in 1952. In November 1952, Mr. Jiang Nanxiang became the President of the University. He made significant contributions in leading Tsinghua to become the national center for training engineers and scientists with both professional proficiency and personal integrity.
Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has now over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.
The educational philosophy of Tsinghua is to "train students with integrity." Among over 120,000 students who have graduated from Tsinghua since its founding are many outstanding scholars, eminent entrepreneurs and great statesmen remembered and respected by their fellow Chinese citizens.
With the motto of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment” and the spirit of “Actions Speak Louder than Words”, Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and to world development.
Academy of Arts and Design
The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University has cultivated a large number of art and design professionals, turning out 8,442 graduates with bachelor’s degrees, 1,085 with master’s degrees and 143 with PhD degrees. In addition, it has trained more than 10,000 people who did not receive academic degrees. Many graduates from the Academy are now holding senior positions in the country’s colleges and universities, research institutes and relevant enterprises.
The Academy’s philosophy of teaching and educational set-up has been predominant in the development of China’s modern art and design education. Since its establishment, the Academy – in light of the needs of the state and the general public – has undertaken and participated in China’s principal art and design projects, aptly playing the role of a national research institute for art and design. The Academy put forth the concepts of “arts and crafts”, “industrial design”, and “art design” for its programs at different stages over the past years, always deciding on the direction of China’s art design.
School of Aerospace Engineering
It was founded in 2004 on the on the basis of the Department of Engineering Mechanics and recruited some faculty members from other departments and universities.
The research in mechanics of the school is highly recognized. It is locating the leading edge in the nation and has international reputation. We have very strong faculty members. Many of them are playing active and important roles in academic societies, conference and journal editing. We have received many research awards on the ministry and nation level.
The school is now making great efforts to enhance the faculty in aero- and astro- nautics. In fact, we have made significant advances in the past years. We launched the first micro-satellite in China in 2000, and the second satellites in 2004. We will continue our endeavor in the researches in aerospace technologies.
The school boasts its excellent under and graduate students. Each year there are about 90 fresh undergraduates and about 90 postgraduates joining the school. The school provides a series of courses in fundamental theories and experimental training on mechanics and aerospace technologies. Except postgraduate students, our undergraduate students also have plenty of opportunities to get involved in scientific research. In recent years, with increasing reputation and international cooperation, the school attracts more and more oversea student.
- Department of Engineering Mechanics
- Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering
School of Architecture
School of Architecture is one of Tsinghua’s 16 schools. It was founded in 1946 as the Department of Architecture by Liang Sicheng, a renowned Chinese architect and educator, and was transformed into the School of Architecture in 1988, comprised of the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban Planning. Currently, the school consists of four departments: Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Building Science and Technology. By the end of 2012, the school has a total number of 1140 students, including 626 undergraduate students, 271 master students and 243 doctoral students. The faculty team has 126 members, including 44 professors, 54 associate professors, 12 adjunct professors, 4 guest professors, 6 emeritus professors and 6 visiting scholars. Besides, there are also 64 full-time researchers and 49 post-doctors.
School of Civil Engineering
School of Civil Engineering was founded in 2000, based on two well-known departments in Tsinghua University, namely Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Hydraulic & Hydropower Engineering.
As one of the most time-honored departments in Tsinghua University, Department of Civil Engineering was founded in 1926, with four sections provided including structure, railway & roadway, hydraulic engineering and municipal sanitation and a considerable number of outstanding talents cultivated. In 1952, during the nationwide re-organization of colleges and departments, Department of Hydraulic Engineering was founded based on the corresponding section, with two programs available, namely river & waterpower station structure and hydraulic dynamical equipment. Meanwhile, Department of Civil Engineering had five programs, namely industrial and civil structure, construction, water supply and sewerage, heating & ventilating discipline, building materials.
School of Economics and Management
For over twenty years Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has been growing fast along with the reform, opening-up and development of the Chinese economy. Today we continue to strive for building a world-class school of economics and management. The School benefits from the synergy of bringing two academic disciplines of economics and management into one institution. The School is committed to the excellence of both research and teaching for the purpose of advancing knowledge and educating leaders. The School cherishes ideas and theories, and at the same time values practical solutions and actions. The School combines China roots with global reach, and works to contribute to the development of China’s economy and society as well as to make an impact in the world.
- Department of Management Science and Engineering
- Department of Economics
- Department of Finance
- Department of Accounting
- Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Department of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
- Department of Business Strategy and Policy
- Department of Marketing
School of Environment
As one of the earliest Chinese institutions dedicated to environmental higher education and research, the School of Environment (SOE) of Tsinghua University (THU) is pledged to the development of sustainable solutions that allows minimizing the impact of human activities on environment. Its commitment also includes educating people to embrace the idea of sustainability.
SOE conducts research in a wide arrange of fields, including water supply, wastewater treatment, air pollution control, solid wastes management, environmental chemistry, microbiology, hydrology, ecology, energy and resources, environmental simulation, and environmental management and policy. SOE has provided technical and theoretical support for China in solving big environmental problems and implementing sustainable development. After years of effort, SOE has established a scientific and comprehensive system of education, focusing on disciplines of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Municipal Engineering, Radioactive Protection and Environmental Protection. Each year hundreds of the most talented students were matriculated, many of them had become outstanding figures in the environmental field.
- Department of Environmental Engineering
- Department of Environmental Sciences
- Department of Environmental Planning and Management
PBC School of Finance
The PBC School of Finance (PBCSF), Tsinghua University’s 17th school, was founded on March 29, 2012 as a joint venture between the University and the People's Bank of China (PBC). It was built on the successes of the Graduate School of PBC, an esteemed school founded by the Central Bank in the early 1980s.
With the mission of promoting excellence in the finance industry and financial regulation through top-notch education and cutting-edge research, Tsinghua PBCSF, following advanced education modes of international financial programs and business schools, is committed to building a world-class platform for financial education and finance and policy research.
The School offers Ph.D. in Finance, Master of Finance, Dual-Degree Finance MBA, Finance EMBA, Global Finance GFD, and Executive Education programs. Through these programs, it contributes to China’s pool of high-level, innovative and globally competitive financial professionals.
School of Humanities
The disciplines in the School of Humanities include literature, history, philosophy, and the subjects they cover. Currently, the School has 6 Tier-1 Ph.D. and M.A. Degree programs, 1 M.A. Degree program, 4 Bachelor's Degree programs, 4 Postdoctoral programs, 1 national key program, and 3 key programs of Beijing. There are about 180 people on its faculty and staff, including 81 full professors, 72 associate professors and 18 lecturers. The current enrollment is about 1200 undergraduates, about 200 Master’s degree students, about 210 doctoral students, and about 40 postdoctoral fellows. Additionally, there are more than 1,000 international students who come to study Chinese language and culture at its International Chinese Language and Culture Center every year.
School of Information Science and Technology
School of Journalism and Communication
The School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University was founded in April 2002. Inheriting Tsinghua's tradition of comprehensive and interdisciplinary education, TSJC aims to give students world-class journalism and communication education guided by advanced educational concepts and international standards. Every year, hundreds of graduates leave TSJC to take top-level journalism and communication jobs in and outside China. Students at TSJC are offered abundant opportunities to not only sharpen their professional skills, but also develop acute social responsibility crucial for their future success.
At present, the school has 27 faculty members, including 17 full professors (4 professors emeriti), 9 associate professors and 5 lecturers. Together they outnumber all other J-schools in China in the rate of doctoral degree holders (90%), scholars with one or more years of experience in European, American or Japanese universities (80%), and with media or related industry experience (60%).
Since its founding in 1920, Tsinghua University’s Law School has graduated many prominent legal scholars, judges and lawyers. Among its ranks are the late Judges Tieya Wang and Ruao Mei, and Justice Duanmu Zheng of the Supreme People’s Court. The restructuring of the higher education system in China led to the Law School’s merger with Peking University and other universities in 1952. In 1995, Tsinghua Law School was reestablished to answer the call for establishing and enhancing the rule of law in China. Backed by the rich history, academic strength, and reputation of Tsinghua University, the Law School has progressed to become a leading institute in legal education and research in China.
Comprised of state-of-art facilities and the finest faculty members in China, many of whom have foreign legal backgrounds, Tsinghua Law School has attracted over 1,300 students who are currently enrolled in its various undergraduate and graduate programs. Ming Li Building, a name given to the Law School by Mr. Yiren Rong, former Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, houses the entire faculty. Construction of the building was funded by the “Friends of Tsinghua Law School”, a trust fund established by Mr. Zhijian Rong, Justice Andrew Kwok-Nang Li, Ms. Elsie Leung, and Professor Albert Chen. Within the complex is a comprehensive Law Library, moot court, online legal information center, computer labs, classrooms and faculty offices. Tsinghua Law School prides itself in its top-notch education programs and facilities, and strives to provide the best learning conditions for its students and scholars.
School of Life Sciences
Life Science has a long and prosperous history at Tsinghua University. The Biology Department, founded in 1926, was among the oldest and most prestigious in China. There are more than 40 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering who have studied or worked here. In 1952, the original Tsinghua Department of Biology was incorporated into other Universities. However, 32 years later, in 1984, the Department of Biological Science and Biotechnology was reestablished, with Professor Mu-ming Poo being the founding Chairperson and Professor Nanming Zhao as the Vice Chair. In September 2009, to accelerate the research and education of life sciences, the Department of Biological Science and Biotechnology was formally replaced by the School of Life Sciences (SLS).
During the 90 years since its establishment, especially within the 32 years after the re-establishment of the Department of Biological Science and Biotechnology, and under the support of the National “211” and “985” projects, the School has realized major achievements in recruiting talents both nationally and internationally, in building its research team, and in reforming its education models.
Currently, the School of Life Sciences
is one of the most distinctive and influential institutions for higher education and research in biology nationwide. The School of Life Sciences is a National Base for Cultivation of Scientific Talents and National Base of Life Science and Technology Education. The Experimental Teaching Center of Modern Life Science is among the first National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Centers. The School awards doctoral degrees to Biology and Marine Biology majors, in areas such as biophysics, biochemistry and molecular biology, and developmental biology. During the 2012 Ministry of Education assessment, the School of Life Sciences was ranked No. 1 in the Biology category nationally.
To strengthen its faculty core, the School of Life Sciences has recruited 114 full-time faculty and staff members, including 70 tenure-track faculty, 9 teaching staff, 11 research staff, 21 technical staff, 3 administrative staff, as well as 80 post-doctoral fellows. Among them, there are 5 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 6 One-Thousand-Talents Scheme Scholars, 12 Cheung Kong Scholars, 21 Outstanding Young Talent of the National Science Foundation for China, 5 National “973” Project PIs and 23 Youth One-Thousand-Talents Scheme Scholars.
We have emphases in most major disciplines of modern experimental biology. Life Science, the pillar of healthcare and medicine, is at the forefront of modern research and education in the twenty-first century. As Tsinghua University is poised to become a world leader in higher education, life science has been given a top priority for development and expansion. Since 2011, members of the School have published 27 original research papers in world-renowned journals such as Nature, Science, and Cell, with 9 published in 2015.
Aiming to become a world-class research institute for biology, we are actively seeking collaborations with researchers around the world to promote interdisciplinary research. The School of Life Sciences aims to provide the finest education and research training to students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science is the foundation of human civilizations and social development. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) of Tsinghua University was founded in 1988, which consist of the Inorganic non-metallicInstitute of Chemistry Engineering Department, Materials Physical Specialty of Department of Physics Engineering and Metal Material Science Specialty of Mechanical Engineering Department. Within 20 years since MSE department established, a high-level research team has been organized; lots of high-qualified scientific outcomes been published and many excellent students came forth, thereby helping the MSE Department to win a good reputation and a positive impact from all over the world. In Dec 27th 2012, the MSE Department was renamed as the School of Materials Science and Engineering of Tsinghua University, which is organized by Materials Physical and Chemistry Departments, Materials Processing Engineering Department, Inorganic Non-metallic Materials Department, Metallic Materials Department and Composite Materials Department.
The School of Materials Science and Engineering has a strong-competitive academic team, 44 Professors/Academic Researchers (including 4Academicians ofthe Chinese Academy of Science, 3 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and 5 Academicians of “Thousands of People Plan (China)”), 30 Associated Professors/Associated Academic Researcher, 19 Senior Engineers, 7 Lectures, 3 Part-time Processors and over 30 Post-docs. The School of MSE dedicated to foster the interdisciplinary talents who not only have an international perspective, a creative spirit but also possessan extensive specialized backgroundandan outstanding ability in scientific research. Right now, we have 350 Undergraduates, 197 Post-graduates, 285 Ph.D. candidates and more than 40 International Exchanged students. 10 of the Ph.D. candidates’ works have won the honor of National Excellent Doctoral Dissertations.
The School of MSE has several high-level laboratories: the State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, the Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China, the Central Laboratory sponsored by the School of MSE, Materials Division of State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Teaching Laboratory, and theBainite-Steel Technology Transfer Center supported by the State Science and Technology Ministry.These research and teaching laboratories are fully furnished and utilized with the state-of-the-art equipment and facility for various research activities from the processing to characterization, analysis, and the professional training.
Academic research within the School of MSE comes along with the international scientific frontier and the national strategic demands; encouraging students to have original fundamental investigation and promoting the applications development for major national science and technology demands. Lots of high-impact research results have been published on the international/national journals and over 80 Patents been held during these years. Meanwhile, many rewards and honors have been achieved, such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Invention Award and the National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology. The mount of SCI (ISI Web of Science) articles and papers has been ranked as Top 1 of the whole Tsinghua University. Teaching ability of the School of MSE in Tsinghua University iscontinuously as No.1 of China Discipline Ranking (CDR).
The School of MSE has world-wide collaborations for research development and Exchange StudentsSchemes, like USA, France, Japan, Korea and other more than 10 countries. Many well-known academicians of our school are workingfor the international top-level materials science journals and societies, such as Materials Research Society (MRS), Bohmische Physical Society and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), etc.
School of Public Policy and Management
The School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) of Tsinghua University was founded in 2000. As the first graduate school of public administration in China, the School’s mission is to become a world-class institution that actively engages in teaching, research, and consulting in global public affairs.
Great progress has been made since the founding of the School. SPPM has built an outstanding faculty team and established excellent academic programs. Programs conducted in Chinese include mid-career MPA, research-oriented M.S. and Ph.D. programs in public management. The school has also provided various executive training programs for thousands of senior government officials from China and abroad. The English-taught Master in International Development (MID) and International Master of Public Administration (IMPA) have attracted outstanding students and practitioners from all over the world. The research activities in public policy and management at the school have made significant contributions to the formulation and implementation of public policies in China. Close linkages and partnerships have also been forged with international organizations and academic institutions around the world.
School of Social Sciences
The major disciplines of the School of Social Sciences are political science, sociology, economics and psychology. Currently, the School has five Tier-1 Ph.D. programs, including political science, sociology, theoretical economics, science of physical culture and sports and philosophy, four Bachelor Degree programs consisting of the experimental class of social sciences (with three fields: international political science, sociology and economics) and psychology, four Postdoctoral programs, including political science, sociology, theoretical economics and philosophy, and three key programs of Beijing which are international relations, sociology and science, technology and society. The courses “Analysis of International Relations”, “Principles of Marxist Political Economy”, “Introduction to Deng Xiaoping Theory and ‘Three Represents’ Theory” were named national undergraduate quality courses.
The School has 83 people on its faculty and staff, including 41 full professors, 27 associate professors, 12 assistant professors and 3 administrative staff. Additionally, there are 71 postdoctoral fellows in the School. The current enrollment is 358 undergraduates, 281 Master’s degree students and 223 doctoral students. Overall, the School has 862 students, including 151 international students and 13 students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
The School has four departments and two institutes. They are the Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, Department of International Relations, Department of Psychology, Institute of Economics and Institute of Science, Technology and Society. There are also about 20 interdisciplinary substantial research institutions in the School.
History of Tsinghua University
In the aftermath of the Boxer Rebellion, American Secretary of State John Hay suggested that the US $30 million plus Boxer indemnity paid by China to the United States was excessive. After much negotiation with ambassador Liang Cheng, PresidentTheodore Roosevelt obtained congressional approval in 1909 to reduce the Qing dynasty indemnity payment by US$10.8 million, on the condition that these funds would be used as scholarships for Chinese students to study in the United States. Using this fund, the Tsinghua College (清华学堂; Qīnghuá Xuétáng) was established in Beijing, on 29 April 1911 on the site of a former royal garden, to serve as a preparatory school for students to be sent by the government to study in the United States. The faculty members for sciences were recruited by the YMCA from the United States and its graduates transferred directly to American schools as juniors upon graduation. In 1925, the school established its College Department and started its research institute on Chinese studies.
In 1928, Tsinghua changed its name to National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). During World War II in 1937, Tsinghua University along with Peking University and Nankai University, merged to form Changsha Temporary University in Changsha, and later National Southwestern Associated University in Kunming of Yunnan province. After the war, Tsinghua moved back to Beijing and resumed its operations.
After the communist revolution at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, which led to the creation of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Tsinghua University's then President Mei Yi-Qi, followed by many professors, fled to Taiwan where they established the National Tsing Hua Institute of Nuclear Technology in 1955, which later became National Tsing Hua University of Taiwan.
In 1952, the Chinese government regrouped the country's higher education institutions in an attempt to build a Soviet style system, with individual institutions tending to specialize in a certain field of study. When the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, many university students walked out of the classrooms, and some went on to be part of the Red Guards, resulting in the complete shutdown of the university. It was not until 1978, after the Cultural Revolution had ended, that the university began to take in students again. Even so, Tsinghua University remained in the top tier of schools in China.
Since the 1980s, the university has incorporated a multidisciplinary system. As a result, several schools were re-incorporated. These included the School of Sciences, the School of Economics and Management, the School of Life Sciences, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Tsinghua Law School, the School of Public Policy and Management, and the Academy of Arts and Design.
Most national and international university rankings place Tsinghua amongst the best universities in mainland China. Admission to Tsinghua is extremely competitive. Every year, many applicants scoring the highest in the National College Entrance Examination choose Tsinghua. According to a report in 2008, 215 out of 300 students who placed within the top 10 in the 30 tested provinces and regions chose Tsinghua and 21 out of the 30 top scorers in each province and region chose the university. Admission to Tsinghua's graduate schools is also very competitive, with, for example, only about 16% of MBA applicants admitted each year.
Tsinghua alumni include the current General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Paramount Leader Xi Jinping, who graduated with a degree in chemical engineering in 1979, as well as the CPC General Secretary and former Paramount Leader Hu Jintao, who graduated with a degree in hydraulic engineering in 1964. Tsinghua has a reputation for hosting some of the most distinguished guest speakers of any university in the world, with international leaders such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, Carlos Ghosn, Park Geun-hye, and Henry Paulson, all recently giving lectures to the university community.
As of 2003, Tsinghua University has 12 colleges and 48 departments, 41 research institutes, 35 research centers, and 167 laboratories, including 15 national key laboratories. In September 2006, Peking Union Medical College was renamed to Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University, although the Peking Union Medical College and Tsinghua University remain two separate institutions. The university offers 51 bachelor's degree programs, 139 master's degree programs and 107 PhD programs. Recently, Tsinghua has become the first Chinese university to offer a Master of Laws program in American law, through a cooperative venture with the Temple University Beasley School of Law. The university is a member of LAOTSE, an international network of leading universities in Europe and Asia. Each year, the University celebrates the Intellectual Property Summer Institute in cooperation with Franklin Pierce Law Center of Concord, New Hampshire. It has its own editorial, Tsinghua University Press.
Announced in 2013, the Schwarzman Scholars program will consist of 200 scholars to be chosen annually to work towards a one-year master's degree in Public Policy, International Relations, Engineering, Economics & Business. These scholars will live on the university campus at Schwarzman College, a residential college being built specifically for this program.
Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Ministry of Education of The People's Republic of China
Tsinghua University has been constantly placed as one of the top two universities in mainland China by most domestic and international rankings, along with Peking University.
Nationally, it had been continuously ranked to be the best in mainland by the Chinese university ranking from 2003 to 2010 and has become the second since then. The Netbig had also regarded it to be the best in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and it was placed at 2nd by the China's Education Center in the same consecutive years.
Tsinghua was regarded as the most reputable Chinese university by Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings (2016) where it was ranked 18th globally. It also topped the newly launched independent regional QS BRICS University Rankings (2013). It was 23rd in the Times Higher Education rankings by subjects (2014–15) for Engineering and Technology, which is its strength.The US News and World Report Best Global University Ranking puts Tsinghua at 59th in 2015 and 4th in Asia.
Student Life at Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University has more than 110 student associations covering five domains: science and technology, physical training, humanities, arts and public welfare. To name a few: Students' Association for Global Affairs (SAGA), Student Association of Educational Poverty Alleviation (SAEPA) and the Students' Performing Arts Club, Zijing Volunteer Service, Students' Association of Science & Technology, Photography Association, Foreign Languages Association, Association of Student International Communication (ASIC), etc.
International students are encouraged to participate in various extracurricular activities and join the student associations of the University. FSAO also organizes extracurricular activities for international students, including welcome party for new students, New Year’s party, graduation party, tourist visits to Chinese cultural and historical destinations, sports competitions, etc.
Studying at Tsinghua
- University library (http://lib.tsinghua.edu.cn): powered with the INNOPAC system, possessing 464 databases, 65,353 e-journals, 6.4 million e-books, and 2.4 million e-dissertations.
- Teaching buildings and classrooms: 102,000 m2, equipped with multi-media teaching system.
- Web-learning (http://learn.tsinghua.edu.cn): an interactive platform for course instructors and students.
- XuetangX (http://www.xuetangx.com/): a platform of MOOCs in China, cooperated with the edX.
- iCenter, X-lab (http://www.x-lab.tsinghua.edu.cn/): the platforms of action-learning, innovation, project nurturing and entrepreneurship for students and young alumni.
- Center for Student Learning and Development: providing assistance to the students with difficulties in course study.
- Seminars and lectures: presented by renowned domestic and international scholars, experts, entrepreneurs, and government officials, etc.
Living at Tsinghua
- Accommodation: singles rooms, AB rooms, and double rooms are available in the on-campus dormitories.
- Dining: more than ten student canteens, famous for good, cheap dishes of various delicacies.
- Music and arts: professional art performances such as symphony, drama, song and dance are frequently staged in the New Tsinghua Xuetang (http://www.hall.tsinghua.edu.cn/) and Auditorium.
- Sports: various sports facilities like gymnasiums, swimming pools, and sports fields are provided. To work in health for 50 years is a great urge for each student.
- Medical care: the University hospital provides both clinic treatment and hospitalization services.
- Psychological counseling: the Student Counseling Center provides services to improve the ability of students to adapt to the society and to relieve their psychological conflicts and pressure.
Merging into Tsinghua
Tsinghua University encourages the diversity of student development and, meanwhile, promotes trans-cultural communication.
- Student associations (http://shetuan.student.tsinghua.edu.cn): more than 200 student associations, covering six domains: volunteer service, scientific innovation, culture, sports, arts, and outward bound, all of which are open to the international students.
- International cultural exchange: language corners, Tsinghua's Got Talent Show, international cultural festival, and new year’s Gala night, etc.
Services of Tsinghua University
Service facilities inside Tsinghua University make the life of students very convenient. The on-campus shopping center is located at Zhaolanyuan, where one can find banks, post office, super-market, bookstores, fruit and vegetable market, photo studios, restaurants, the barber's, laundries, etc. All kinds of services are also provided in the living area of students.
International students can apply for a Dining Card at the Food Service Center (Business hours: 13:30-16:30 Tuesday) located in No.15 Building with their Admission Notice/Student ID Cards or certificates issued by International Students Office. Students may have meals in any students' dining hall with this card. Students are expected to maintain the order of the dining halls, help to keep the places clean and tidy, take care of the facilities and equipment, and show respect to the working staffs.
The health insurance system for the accidental injury and hospitalization of international students has been implemented in China. The insurance fees for scholarship-sponsored students are paid by the Ministry of Education of PRC. Self-financing students staying for no less than half a year can apply for the insurance at their own expenses upon registration. The students not joining health insurance are not allowed to register.
New incoming students, please check in with the International Students Office or the office of your department with yourAdmission Letter or Student ID in order to get your network username and password envelope to log on to the Tsinghua Campus Network. Students that have not obtained this envelope, please come to the CIO Offices (Room 212, Main Building) with your Admission Letter or Student ID to get your account and password information.
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank and Bank of Beijing in Zhaolanyuan shopping center, Bank of China in Zijing Student Service Center (Building C) provide service for deposit and exchange of foreign currencies. US dollar, Euro, Pound, Yen can be exchanged to Renminbi. But the traveler's check is not acceptable there. Large amount of foreign currencies and traveler's check can be exchanged to Renminbi at a branch of Bank of China located at Chuangxin Plaza nearby University's East Gate. Banks open from 9:00 to 17:00 everyday.
On-campus Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found at places like the Zijingyuan Dinning Hall, the Taoliyuan Dinning Hall, the Zijing Building No.4, 5 and 6, the post office, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, outside the Tingtaoyuan (formerly named No.10 Dining Hall), on the first floor of Guanchouyuan(formerly named Dining Plaza), the Financial Department of the University, etc.
The post office located in the Student Service Center located in the west of the Zijing dormitory and Zhaolanyuan opens from 8:30 to 17:30 everyday, providing services of mailing, sending and receiving parcels, fax, telegram, distance calls, etc.
The Student Services Center is located in the student living area, and is comprised of many supporting facilities, such as a bank, post office, supermarket, copy shop, bookstore, photography studio, optical shop and barber shop. In addition, the Front Desk of the Student Dormitory is located in the Student Service Center, which provides a 24 hour "one-stop" service. The specific services include change of dormitory, selling water and electricity cards for use in the dormitory, air conditioning leasing, lending spare keys of dormitory, opening doors through the network, helping students to notify when facilities need repairing, delivering packages, receiving complaints and consultations about relevant services, etc.
The on-campus sports facilities include the following
- The indoor swimming and diving gymnasium, and the West Lake outdoor swimming pool (Open from June.1st to Sep 1st each year).
- The comprehensive gymnasium (sports facilities provided: badminton, table tennis, basketball, and gymnastic apparatus).
- Western gymnasium (sports facilities provided: badminton, basketball, and billiards).
- The plastic tennis court, the eastern gymnasium, and the table tennis Center.
International students may use the above mentioned services with Student ID cards and pay relevant fees.
If you are planning to study in China as an international student, the following information about Tsinghua University may help you make the right choice.
Founded in 1911, Tsinghua University is one of the most prestigious institutions in China for nurturing talented students and promoting advanced scientific research.
Over the years, the development of Tsinghua and its students and alumni have been greatly inspired by:
- the motto “Self-discipline and Social Commitment”,
- the maxim “Actions Speak Louder than Words”,
- the academic spirit “Rigor, Diligence, Veracity, and Creativity”, and
- the tradition “Patriotism, Devotion, and Pursuing Excellence”.
Tsinghua is one of the best universities in China for the high quality of teaching, research, and social service. Over the years, Tsinghua holds the largest numbers of the professors honored as the Chinese Academicians of Science and the Chinese Academicians of Engineering, of the State Key Laboratories, of the national research awards in science and technology, of research funding, of the patents authorized, and also of the articles indexed in EI (Engineering Index), ISTP (Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings), and SCI (Science Citation Index).
More than 70% of the top ten students of sciences and 30% of the top ten students of liberal arts from 31 provinces, autonomous regions, and the municipalities directly under the Central Government of China have chosen Tsinghua University for their undergraduate study.
Tsinghua has also been recognized as one of the top universities in the world. It is ranked:
- 26th in the world (1st in mainland China) in Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015,
- 25th in the world (1st in mainland China) in QS World University Rankings 2015/16,
- 47th in the world (2nd in mainland China) in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16, and
- 59th in the world (2nd in mainland China) in U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2015-2016.