#18 Peking University

by World Universities July. 27,2023
#18 Peking University

Basic Infomation:

World Position: No. 18

Nature of University: Public

Research Findings: Very High

Number of students: 31,990

Number of Teachers: 5,302

Number of international students: 5,436


Peking University is a national key university directly under the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. It ranks among the “Double First-Class”, “211 Project”, and “985 Project”. "Practice for Enrollment Reform of Basic Subjects", "Innovative Ability Enhancement Program of Higher Education Institutions", "Innovative Talents Induction Program of Higher Education Institutions", for the Nine Schools Alliance, Pine Alliance, China University Presidents Association, Beijing-Hong Kong University Alliance, Asian University Alliance, Member of East Asian Research University Association, International Research University Alliance, Pacific Rim University Alliance, Global University Presidents Forum, 21st Century Academic Alliance, East Asia Four University Forum, International Public University Forum, Sino-Russian Comprehensive University Alliance.

Peking University is the oldest institution of higher learning in China. It was founded on the occasion of the 1898 Reformation and was originally named Jingshi University. It was the first national comprehensive university in modern times in China. The ancient Guozijian School (Imperial College of Technology). In 1912, it was changed to National Peking University. By the early 1920s, it had become the center of China's progressive thinking and played an important role in major historical events such as China's New Culture Movement and the May Fourth Movement. The earliest spread of Marxism and scientific and democratic thought in China was one of the important bases for the founding of the Communist Party of China.

In 1937, it moved south to Changsha and formed the National Changsha Provisional University with National Tsinghua University and the private Nankai University. In 1938, it moved to Kunming and was renamed National Southwest Associated University. Demobilized and returned to Peking (now Beijing) in 1946. In 1952, after the adjustment of colleges and departments across the country, it became a comprehensive university focusing on basic subjects of liberal arts and sciences, and moved to its current location from Beijing Beach and other places. In 2000, it merged with the former Beijing Medical University to form the new Peking University.

Peking University has always been rated as a top academic institution in China. In addition to its academic reputation, it is also known for its stunning campus grounds and the beauty of traditional Chinese architecture. Peking University has trained some of the most outstanding figures in Chinese history, including Mao Zedong.

The main campus of the university is located at the site of the imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. It has traditional Chinese gardens, including traditional houses, gardens, pagodas, and many famous historical buildings and structures. Weiming Lake is located on the north side of the campus, surrounded by walking paths and small gardens.

There are also museums on the university campus, such as the University History Museum and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, where students can view objects dating back thousands of years. This is an environment that satisfies the curiosity of young students-not that academic programs have not yet done so.

Peking University is a leading university in scientific research and teaching, and has successfully developed applied scientific research and teaching. There are 30 colleges, 12 departments, 93 undergraduate majors, 199 master majors, and 173 doctoral students.

Beijing is eager for students not only to receive a comprehensive education, but also to fully participate in student life. Campus life is rich and colorful, sports activities and extracurricular activities are rich and colorful, and there are more than 200 student organizations and a series of activities throughout the year.

Sports are very important. The Peking University Cup Track and Field Championships are held every year. Festivals and activities such as the International Cultural Festival or the Singing Competition for Foreign Students allow students to meet, make friends and enjoy a balanced life outside of their studies.

About Undergraduate:

International students can find more information about applying for Peking University on the university’s official website. Undergraduate teaching covers a wide range of subject areas, including:

Computer Sciences and Technology

Foreign Languages




About Postgraduate:

In addition to the main campus of the university, there is also a satellite graduate school in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It is home to seven research departments, a business school, and the Peking University School of International Law. Postgraduate teaching includes the following subject areas:


Software and Microelectronics

Archaeology and Museology

Chinese Language and Literature

Urban and Environmental Sciences