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Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University (Pinyin: Qinghua Daxue; Traditional: 清華大學; Simplified: 清华大学; Wade-Giles Ch'ing-hua Ta-hseh) is one of the most prestigious universities in China.

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1 History
2 Present
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Tsinghua University was established in Beijing in 1911 on the site of a former royal garden, and was funded by an idemnity which China paid the United States after the Boxer Rebellion. It was at first a preparatory school for those who were sent by the government to study in the United States. In 1925, a four-year university section was established.

When the war broke between China and Japan in 1937, Qinghua University with other two universities (Beijing University and Nankai University) merged to form the Southwest Associated University in Kunming. After the war, Tsinghua moved back to Beijing and resumed its operation.

After the Chinese Civil War, Tsinghua University was divided into Tsinghua University in Beijing and the National Tsing Hua University located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Both claim to be the successor of the original Tsinghua University, an issue that was significant in the awarding of the Boxer Rebellion indemity which was ultimately given to the school in Taiwan.

In 1952, Tsinghua University was readjusted and became a multidisciplinary polytechnic university with an emphasis on training engineers.


As of the end of 2000, Tsinghua University had eight colleges and 43 departments, 44 research institutes, nine engineering research centers, and 163 laboratories, including 15 national key laboratories. The university offers 37 bachelor's degree programs, 107 master's degree programs and 64 Ph.D. programs.

Famous alumni:

See also: List of universities in Mainland China

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