“There is only one Beida” is a phrase often heard in China, referring to the term Chinese use for Peking University. The University is China's oldest and most prestigious, and is internationally recognized as the leading institution of higher education in the country. Established in 1898, the university has a total enrolment of over 46,000 students, with just under 2,000 international students.
Its outstanding international reputation is based on a wide range of achievements, many in the natural and social sciences. In 1965 it synthesized bovine insulin artificially for the first time in the world. In the early 1970s it developed the first MFLOPSIC computer in China, and in the 1990s the atomic weight of indium, measured by a Peking University academic, was adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency as the international standard.
Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
The Peking University campus is one of the most beautiful in China. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan" (The Gardens of Yan) is situated at the northeast of the Haidian District at the western suburbs of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (274 hectares). The campus includes many traditional style Chinese buildings, a large lake and several former residences and buildings used in ancient Imperial China. It stands near the Yuan Ming Gardens and the Summer Palace.
The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill, as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines.
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