Beihang University (BUAA)
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (formerly Beijing Institute of Aeronautics) or Beihang University (spelled in Chinese for short) was founded on October 25, 1952, originated from the merger of the aeronautical departments of Tsinghua University, Beiyang University, Xiamen University, Sichuan University, Yunnan University, etc. Located in the center of the Zhongguancun Science Park and within easy reach of central Beijing, Beihang is the first university in China focusing on aeronautical and astronautical education and research. About 26km away from the main campus, the suburban Shahe campus provides quiet study milieu and is also home to the National Laboratory of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NLAA). The very new Doudian campus aims at research and innovation through engineering combined with medicine.
Since its founding, Beihang has excelled as one of the first 16 key universities in China, given priority for development. At the beginning of the new millennium, Beihang was officially listed in the China’s Action Plan for the Revitalization of Education in the 21st Century (‘211’plan for short) and the Plan for Achieving the World-Class Universities (‘985’plan for short). Over the past 65 years, Beihang has fostered more than 180,000 professionals in various sectors for the world. The main designers and chief engineers of China’s first manned space flight, Shengzhou-5 Spacecraft, are Beihang alumni. The university and its alumni have contributed the most to the country’s aeronautical, astronautical and other relative industries, etc.
At present, the university comprises 30 schools/colleges, covering science, technology, liberal arts, law, economy, management, philosophy, foreign languages and education. The number of full-time faculty in total is 2,478, including 23 academicians of either the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering and 1,880 full or associate professors.
Beihang has now a total enrollment of over 30,642 full-time students, including 15,596 undergraduates, 9,336 master candidates, 4,492 doctorate candidates and 1,218 international students. Beihang is deeply committed to an education that fosters innovation and intercultural awareness. It is a campus tradition that Beihang students participate in innovation contests and figure out the most creative solutions in teams every year. It is also a booming trend for many students to spend weeks, months or even years studying abroad at their partner universities.
Beihang has more than 60 research institutes or interdisciplinary research centers, and 170 professional laboratories (including 9 national key laboratories, 3 national engineering centers and 57 provincial or ministry-level key laboratories). Beihang has become one of China’s important bases for scientific/technological innovation and high-level personnel education. In addition to serving the country, it is also striving to boost engagements with the world-wide flow of talent, vigorous intellectual exchange, and international interdisciplinary research.See more