This Tsinghua University course (graduate-level) is a part of the Global Hybrid Classroom (GHC) Certificate program.

Climate change and energy security are the top global concerns today. Electrical energy is currently the most widely used secondary energy, and its clean and low-carbon transformation plays a pivotal role in ensuring energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, electrical engineering plays an important role as a discipline that studies the production, transmission, distribution and utilization of electrical energy. This program is designed to introduce basic and core knowledge to students and researchers interested in electrical engineering, including “Principles of Electrical Circuits” related to power transmission and distribution, “Automatic Control Systems”, a basic and professional course related to system control technologies, “Electric Machinery Fundamentals” on the working principles of motors, transformers and other equipment, as well as the “Fundamentals of Power Electronics” widely used in renewable energy integration and new smart grids.

“Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering” certificate is compromised of 4 courses:

This course teaches the basic concepts and theories about electric circuits, including circuit elements, basic laws, circuit reduction technologies, two-port networks; Linear circuit analysis methods such as node analysis, loop analysis, and branch currents analysis; Circuit theorems such as superposition, substitution, reciprocal, Thevenin’s, and Norton’s theorem; Nonlinear circuits, small signal method; Transient analysis, such as first-order circuit, second-order circuit, state variables and state equations; Sinusoidal steady state analysis, mutual inductance, circuit resonance, three-phase circuits, periodic circuit analysis; etc.

Principles of Electric Circuits syllabus.pdf

Jinpeng Wu
Associate Professor,
Department of Electrical Engineering,
Tsinghua University

Jinpeng Wu received his Bachelor and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2010 and 2015, respectively. From 2016 to 2020, he continued his research in Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Currently, he works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University. His research interests include the power semiconductor devices, energy and electrical materials, and X-ray spectroscopies.

This course provides the basic knowledge about classical control theory, modern control theory and discrete control theory, including transfer function and its transformation, concepts and criteria for system stability, time-domain and frequency-domain analysis methods for control systems, control system design using time-domain and frequency-domain methods; state space model of a control system, observability and controllability of a system, state feedback controller, state observer and implement of a state feedback controller using signals from a state observer; modeling and analysis methods for discrete control systems, design method for a discrete-data controller, etc.

Automatic Control Systems syllabus.pdf

Chen Shen
Electrical Engineering Department
Tsinghua University

Chen Shen received the B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1993 and 1998, respectively. He was a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1998 to 2001. He served as a senior application developer in ISO New England, USA, during 2001-2002. He has been a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department of Tsinghua University since 2009. He is currently a member of the academic degrees committee of Tsinghua University, the chairman of the academic degrees sub-committee of the Electrical Engineering Department, Vice director of the State Key Lab of Power Systems, Director of Research Center of Energy Digitalization, Sichuan Energy Internet Research Institute, Tsinghua University. He was supported by the Ministry of Education’s Program for New Century Excellent Talents in Universities in 2009. His researches focus on power system analysis and control, including digital twins technology, cloud computing and AI application in power systems, stability analysis of power systems with renewable energy generation, emergency control and risk assessment of power systems, operation and control for microgrids etc. He is leading dozens of projects, such as National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National High-Tech Research and Development Program (863) of China, Key Project of Chinese National Programs for Fundamental Research and Development (973), National Key Research and Development Program of China etc. Chen Shen has more than 200 journal and conference publications and owns more than 50 patents. He has authored 1 book.

This course systematically teaches the basic electromagnetic relationships and operating properties of typical electrical machines such as transformers, synchronous machines, asynchronous machines, and DC machines. The core content is the primary knowledge of electric machinery that is widely used in electrical engineering. The course focuses on the basic concepts, theories and analysis methods of electric machinery. It focuses on the basic electromagnetic laws of symmetric steady-state operation and the analysis of electromechanical energy conversion.

Electric Machinery Fundamentals syllabus.pdf

Pinjia Zhang
Associate Professor,
Department of Electrical Engineering,
Tsinghua University

Prof. Pinjia Zhang is the Deputy Director of the Academic Affairs Office of Tsinghua University. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Electrical Engineering Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the Chair and Convener of the CIGRE A1.45 Large Motor System Monitoring Technical Standard Working Group, the Vice Chair ECCE Conference Technical Committee, the Vice Chair of the Youth Working Committee of the China Electrotechnical Society, and takes up positions in other international and national committees. He also serves as the Associate Editor for many important transactions and journals, including IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Access, CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems and Chinese Journal of Electrical Engineering.

He has presided over or participated in 10 projects of National Key Research and Development Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Key Projects of the U.S. Department of Energy and so on. 41 invention patents have been authorized (including 21 international patents) and more than 40 SCI papers have been published. He has won the first prize of the 2019 China Electrotechnical Society Science and Technology Award.

The focus of the Fundamentals of Power Electronics is the applications of power electronics for the control and conversion of electric power. The course systematically teaches the operation principles and application techniques of various categories of power semiconductors. The thyristor-based controlled rectifier/inverter, and pulse-width-modulation (PWM) based converter and DC/DC converter are included in the course. The key applications of power electronics including motor drive, power supply, power system and renewable are also the focus of this course.

Fundamentals of Power Electronics syllabus.pdf

Xiaohua Jiang
Department of Electrical Engineering,
Tsinghua University

Xiaohua Jiang is a Professor in Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University. She received her bachelor and master degrees from Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong Univeristy and Phd degree from Inst. Of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). She is Royal Society KC WONG Fellow of IRC in Superconductivity, University of Cambridge. She is KC Wong Visiting Scholar of National Lab for Superconductivity, CAS. She was an Associate Professor in 1996 and became a Professor in 2001 in Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University. She was honored as Delta Scholar Award in recognition of outstanding research work on power electronics by Delta Environmental & Educational Foundation in 2007. Selected research projects in recent 5 years include: Development of a small-bore 14T MRI magnet from CAS, 2019~2022; Principle structure, transmission characteristics and safety of superconducting DC energy pipeline from National Key R&D Program of China, 2019~2021; Research on DC bias and stray capacitance problems of high-power high-frequency transformers from NSFC, 2019~2022; Development of a 300kVA PET from CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Co. Ltd, 2016~2018; Development of fault condition analysis method of permanent magnet motor system from MHI, 2015~2016.

Kai Sun
Tenured Associate Professor,
Department of Electrical Engineering,
Tsinghua University

Kai Sun received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, in 2000, 2002, and 2006, respectively. He joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, in 2006, where he is currently a Tenured Associate Professor (Research Professor). From Sep 2009 to Aug 2010, he was a Visiting Scholar at Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. From Jan to Aug 2017, he was a Visiting Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research interests include power electronics for renewable generation systems, microgrids, and energy internet.
Dr. Sun serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and Journal of Power Electronics. Dr. Sun served as the TPC Vice Chair of IEEE ECCE2017 and IEEE ECCE-Asia2017, the Organization Committee Chair of IEEE eGrid2019, and the Publicity Chair of IEEE ECCE2020. He also served as the General Co-Chair of 2018 International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC2018). Dr. Sun serves as PELS Asia Pacific Regional Vice Chair, PELS Beijing Chapter Chair and PELS Electronic Power Grid Systems Technical Committee (TC8) Secretary. He was a recipient of Delta Young Scholar Award in 2013, and Youth Award of China Power Supply Society (CPSS) in 2017, and IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics’ Outstanding Reviewers Award in 2019. Dr. Sun has been selected as IEEE PELS Distinguished Lecturer (2021-2022). 

Shiqi Ji
Assistant Professor,
Department of Electrical Engineering,
Tsinghua University

Shiqi Ji received the B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering all from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Since 2015, he joined as a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. From 2020, he became an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. From Jul. 2013 to Nov. 2013, he was a Research Scholar at the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA.His main research interests are power electronics for high/medium voltage and high power applications. From 2010 to 2015, his focus was on Silicon-based technology, and some of them have been applied by industry companies (e.g. series-connected Si-IGBT technique has been used by Delta Electric Company in their 6.6 kVac converters). From 2015, he started to focus on novel high voltage SiC-based technology. As key senior personnel, he was involved in several projects (~8 million USD), e.g. SiC based PCS development for asynchronous microgrid supported by Power America, and SiC based CHP PCS and PV inverter supported by DOE. He has built a 12.4 kVac/250 kW PV inverter prototype using 10 kV SiC MOSFETs through collaboration with Danfoss and Wolfspeed. The project of SiC based PCS development for asynchronous microgrid was awarded as highest reviewer rating by Power America Program. From 2020, he started to work on MW-scale medium-voltage multi-port power electronic transformer. As the group leader, he has developed the prototype and demonstrated to support on-site power sources and loads. He has authored more than 60 technical papers, including 17 peer-reviewed international journal papers. He holds 6 Chinese patents and 1 US patent. He received Chinese National Support for Youth Talents. He served in several professional institutes. He is an IEEE Senior Member, a member of Power Electronics Society and International Technology Roadmap for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors (ITRW). He served for some IEEE international conferences as committee members including IEEE Wipda Asia, etc. He was also guest/associate editors for some international journals such as CPSS Transactions, etc.

Global Hybrid Courses (GHC) is currently open to current students from overseas partner universities of Tsinghua University, and it’s free. If your university (instructor or students) would like to join the program and experience what it is like to teach and learn in a truly global classroom, please contact the Assistant Secretary-General of the Global MOOC Alliance at or

How to attend our GHC courses?

  • Tsinghua University will send the list of GHC courses to overseas partner universities every semester. These universities will notify students to enroll and priority will be given to students eager to take part
  • Students from overseas partner universities have to complete the courses required by the GHC Certificate within a specified time. After completing each course, they will receive a GHC transcript issued by Tsinghua University.
  • Students from overseas partner universities attending Tsinghua’s postgraduate courses, whose own universities do not allow for credit transfer, can enjoy credit exemption if they study for postgraduate degrees at Tsinghua University in the future.

How to apply for the certificate upon completion of the required courses?

  • Please send your name, university, and GHC transcripts to us at

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