Peking University, formerly known as the Beijing University of China, is an important research university in Beijing, China and a prestigious member of the top C9 group of Chinese universities. Peking University has been established by the Imperial University of Peking sometime in 1898 when it first received its first imperial charter from the Guangxu emperor. Today Peking University is one of the most famous institutes of higher learning in China. It is one of the major centers of education in China with around thirteen thousand departments spread over four continents. Some of its numerous branches are Education, Business, Economics, History, Law and Management Studies.
The major activities of Peking University in recent years have been concentrated on efforts to promote economic globalization and openness in economic transactions. A section of Peking University’s curriculum is dedicated to globalization and the rise of multipolarity – an outcome of globalization that is manifested in the increasing interdependence of the major economies of the world. The Peking University Higher School of Economics offers many foreign degree programs in the fields of business administration, global management, economics, international commerce, economics and education. Other sections of study include foreign languages, journalism and mass communication, sociology, anthropology, technology, mathematics, engineering, and political science. The Department of International Studies also offers foreign students specializations in the courses taught in Peking University’s Department of International Studies.
Peking University attracts large numbers of foreign students and scholars every year. It has successfully promoted a favorable Chinese image among foreign students and it provides them with a wonderful environment for furthering their educations. Peking University has made profound and important developments in the fields of higher education and research. It is home to the finest teams and researchers in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science. Peking University is considered as one of the leading Chinese research universities and is ranked fourth amongst all the Chinese University and colleges.
Peking University attracts a huge number of foreign students and scholars every year. Some of the famous personalities who have earned degrees from Peking University include Kichwa Mochtar Khan, Li Yuan, Li Kaifeng, Lin Yingzhi, Wang Xiaojie, Shen Weilong, Yu Jie, Yang Guangheng, Li Peng, Zhu Jie, and more. This institution is also very prominent in providing higher education to foreign students. The Peking University also offers a foreign student presence, which is very strong. In the recent past, Peking University had also achieved admittance into top notch universities like that of Harvard University.
The Peking University has numerous institutes and departments. One of its most important departments is the Beijing University of Chinese Language. This department deals with the study and teaching of the Chinese language skills and culture. Other major departments at Peking University are the School of Public Health, School of International Business, School of Social Sciences, School of Education, and the departments of International Studies and Comparative Literature.
There are many foreign scholars and teachers who are employed by the Peking University. They include Susanna Lo, Dongsheng Kong, Xianming Huo, Jinsheng Yang, and Maikue Tai. All these experts offer various courses taught at Peking University and they include such courses as Chinese politics and economy; literature and art; Chinese language study; history and culture; and foreign language study.
Another important area of study at Peking University is the China Language and Culture Research Centre. This is located in the National University of China in Beijing. This centre was started in the year 1898 and is still going strong after two decades. This centre offers a wide variety of services to the public including conducting Chinese language research; promoting China and its cultural resources; disseminating academic and cultural information; and offering tutors for foreign students and professionals. The main areas of research and study offered by the Centre are Ancient Chinese History, Modern Chinese History, Language and Culture, Modern East Asia and International History.
The University also has branches in many other countries such as Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, South Korea, Australia, and Italy. The most recent addition to the Peking University list is the Institute of Advanced Studies. The main goal of this institute is to enhance the quality of higher education and create dynamic research careers. They offer courses that are not only interesting to students, but are of high level of quality and contribute to effectively combined research and teaching activities. Some of these courses include Methods and Models in Chinese State Culture, The Long Jing Distinction, Measures of Chinese Quality, Comparative Analysis of Chinese Politics and Society, Comparative Studies of European and Chinese Politics, International Sociology: Comparisons between European and Chinese Societies, and Chinese Law and Policy.