Tsinghua University is situated around Tsinghua garden, originally an imperial garden of Qing dynasty, in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing. The University was instituted in 1911, originally under the name of Tsinghua Xuetang, as a preparatory school for students who would be sent by the government to study in the United States.
Tsinghua University is one of the national key universities in China, comprising disciplines in sciences, engineering, management, humanities and social sciences, law, arts and design, as well as medical science. 49 disciplines are listed as National Key Disciplines. There are 13 schools and 54 departments, offering 61 Bachelor’s programs, 198 Master’s programs and 181 Doctoral programs.
At present, Tsinghua has over 30,000 undergraduate and master’s students, and 5,156 PhD candidates. It has over 2,800 faculty members, including 34 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 30 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. There are also one Nobel Laureate and one Turing Laureate among the faculty. Tsinghua University’s main research areas are information science and technology, life science, new materials, energy, environmental science, advanced manufacturing.