Tsinghua University, located in northwest Beijing, China, is a public institution that traces its roots back to 1911, when it was originally established under the name of Tsinghua Xuetang. The university section was founded in 1925 and undergraduate students were then enrolled. The name National Tsinghua University was adopted in 1928. It has developed into a comprehensive research university at a breathtaking pace.
The university comprises numerous schools and departments, which offer programs across a variety of disciplines: science, engineering, literature, arts, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, education and medicine. In all, there are more than 70 degree programs available to undergraduate students at Tsinghua University, as well as many more master's and doctoral programs.
The university also has more than 300 research institutions. Among the university's research labs are the Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology, the State Key Laboratory of Precision Measuring Technology and Instruments and the National Engineering Laboratory for Digital Television. Drawing on a rich local tradition of academic excellence, the university is a pacesetter for innovation in China.
The primary language of instruction in Tsinghua University is Chinese, though there are some graduate degree programs offered in English. For instance, the university has English-taught master's programs in Chinese politics, foreign policy and international relations; mechanical engineering; and global business journalism, among others.
Today, Tsinghua University is among the most selective universities in the world, a trusted global partner for thousands of researchers and academics, a first port of call for world business and political leaders, and an invaluable bridge for international students seeking a deeper understanding of China.
Among its more than 200,000 alumni are many leaders in various fields. They have made outstanding contributions to China’s technology development, economic growth and social progress. They also offer new perspectives and insights on the world’s biggest challenges.
The US News and World Report Best Global University Ranking puts Tsinghua at 59th in 2015 and 4th in Asia.
As a comprehensive university, Tsinghua has developed teaching and research platforms in the subjects of sciences, engineering, literatures, arts, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, education, and medicine.
Tsinghua University holds the most advantageous subjects in science and technology among the universities in China. It has also established a series of featured subjects in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences.
In the third-round national evaluation of primary subjects organized by the Ministry of Education of China in 2012, Tsinghua University had thirty-two subjects ranked within the top five:
The campus of Tsinghua University is located in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district, which was designated for universities and other academic institutes.
It is located on the former site of Qing Dynasty royal gardens and retains Chinese-style landscaping as well as traditional buildings, but many of its buildings are also in the Western-style, reflecting the American influence in its history.