Peking University

Updated: Apr 8, 2018 Print

Peking University has been a leading institution in China’s  higher education since its very establishment in 1898. Over the past  century, it has developed into a comprehensive institution of higher  learning, embracing diverse branches of knowledge such as humanities and  social sciences, engineering and applied sciences, education and  medical science, linguistics and management science. Its inclusiveness  of liberal arts and sciences highlights the University's long-standing strength in a well-balanced disciplinary structure.

According  to the latest data published by the ESI (Essential Science Indicators),  Peking University, among universities and research institutions  worldwide, ranked among the top 1% in 18 fields including mathematics,  physics, chemistry, biology and biochemistry, monocular biology and  genetics, computer science, engineering, materials science, botany and  zoology, earth science, agronomy,  psychiatry and psychology, environmental science and ecological  science, clinical medicine, pharmacology and toxicology, neuroscience  and behavioral science, social science, economics and business, standing  out as the best in Mainland China.

The latest data from China’s Ministry of Education regarding the academic performance of universities nationwide also indicate the University’s  prominence in humanities, natural sciences and medical sciences. 16 out  of its 48 disciplines evaluated were the best in China, 35 ranked the  top 3, overtaking other universities by a considerable margin and  showing its incomparable comprehensiveness. 16 No.1 disciplines:  mathematics, physics, chemistry, geophysics, mechanics, Chinese language  and literature, foreign languages and literature, Chinese history,  world history, archeology, philosophy, political science, art theory,  basic medicine, pharmacology, nursing; 35 disciplines ranked among the  top 3 were evenly distributed in 5 faculties, 14 in the faculty of  humanities and social sciences, 10 in the faculty of sciences, 5 in  engineering, and 6 in medical science.

The employability of  graduates in the international job market has become an important  criterion to evaluate the performance of a university and the quality of  education it offers. The 2012 Global Employability Survey, conducted by  the French consultancy ‘Emerging’ and the German research institute ‘Tendence’  among thousands of recruiters from top companies in 20 different  countries, ranked PKU graduates No.11 on the list, trailing straight  behind other world-renowned universities such as Harvard and Yale,  Cambridge and Oxford.

PKU graduates also stand out in the  academic community. Among others, Mr. Xiaoliang Xie (B.S. in chemistry  at PKU, Prof. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard) were elected  Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2012, Mr. Xingwang  Deng (78’ Biology at PKU, Prof. of Plant Biology at Yale) and Ms. Xuemei Chen (84’  Biology at PKU, Prof. of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology at UCR) were  elected Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences in 2013. 7 PKU  graduates were awarded Sloan Research Fellowships in 2013 alone.

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