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Coordinates: 40°0′13″N 116°19′13″E 40.00361, 116.32028


Tsinghua University

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Tsinghua University was established in Beijing in 1911 on the site of a former royal garden belonging to a prince, and was funded by an indemnity which China paid the United States after the Boxer Rebellion. It was first a preparatory school for students later 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. [1]

In 1925 the school established its College Department and started its research institute on Chinese Study. [1]

In 1928 the authority officially changed its name to National Tsing Hua University(NTHU). [1]

During the Second World War 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 operation. [1]

After the communist victory 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 President Mei Yi-Qi, followed by some professors, went to Taiwan (which was not under the control of the PRC) where they established the National Tsing Hua Institute of Nuclear Technology in 1955, which later became National Tsing Hua University. [1] The Tsinghua Bell

In 1952, the communist government regrouped the country's higher education institutions in an attempt to build a Soviet style system, with individual institutions tending to specialise in a certain field of study. Tsinghua University lost its law school, school of agriculture, school of sciences and humanities and became a polytechnic university. In many years following this regroup, the school was often referred to as the "MIT of China". But since the 1980s, the university began to incorporate a multidisciplinary system. As a result, a lot of schools were built and rebuilt. These included the School of Science, School of Economics and Management, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Law, School of Public Administration, and the School of Art. Only two colleges charge tuition to its graduate students; the law school and the Academy of Arts and Design. [1]

During the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, the university became a battlefield between different sects of Mao's Red Guards (China) and a stronghold of the radicals. It did not resume its normal operation until 1977 when the Cultural Revolution was officially put to an end. [1]

Since 1977, the university has enjoyed rich government funding and policy support which greatly improved its facilities. [1]

Since 1978, Tsinghua has flourished with the re-establishment of the departments in sciences, economics and management, and the humanities. The Tsinghua graduate school has been recognized nationally, ranking first in the National Evaluation of Graduate Schools. The School of Continuing Education makes the best use of modern information technologies, as well as the advanced educational resources at Tsinghua. [1]

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