Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang”. The school was renamed “Tsinghua School” in 1912. The university section was founded in 1925. The name “National Tsinghua University” was adopted in 1928. At present, the university has 20 schools and 59 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art.

With the motto of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment” and the spirit of “Actions Speak Louder than Words”, Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and to world development. As one of China’s most prestigious and influential universities, Tsinghua is committed to cultivating global citizens who will thrive in today’s world and become tomorrow’s leaders. Through the pursuit of education and research at the highest level of excellence, Tsinghua is developing innovative solutions that will help solve pressing problems in China and the world.

Online education is an important strategy in Tsinghua University for the future development. On October 10th 2013, Tsinghua University launched the online MOOC platform XuetangX and launched first five MOOCs. So far Tsinghua University has built 320 MOOCs, with more than 21million enrollments. After the outbreak of COVID-19, in the spring semester, the whole university transferred to fully online teaching and learning. In the fall semester, the university implemented hybrid teaching and learning. Tsinghua online education aims to support the building of a more open, integrative, and resilient university for more inclusive quality education.

Representatives on Board & Executive Committee

QIU Yong

President, Tsinghua University
Founding Chair of Board, Global MOOC Alliance

Professor QIU Yong was appointed President of Tsinghua University on March 26th, 2015. Professor Qiu has been a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2013 and Professor of Chemistry since 2000. He is currently a Member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress, Vice Chairman of Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress and Deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress. 

Prior to becoming President, Professor Qiu served as Vice President of Tsinghua University from 2009 to 2015. He had been Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Deputy Dean of the School of Sciences and Vice Chairman of the University Committee of Academic Affairs from 2002 to 2009. 

Professor Qiu’s research interests primarily focus on organic electronics, optoelectronics, semiconductors, and organic light emitting materials and devices. He has been devoted to both the fundamental research on Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) and technology transfer. 

Professor Qiu has received numerous honors, including Distinguished Young Scholar by the National Science Fund in 2003, Chang Jiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education in 2006, National Model Teacher by the Ministry of Education in 2007 and the National Technological Invention Award conferred by the President of China in 2011. 

Born in Sichuan Province in 1964, Professor Qiu enrolled at Tsinghua University in 1983, where he received both his bachelor’s (1988) and doctoral (1994) degrees in chemistry. He joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University in 1994..


Vice-President & Provost, Tsinghua University
Chairman, Tsinghua University Education Foundation
Convenor of Executive Committee, Global MOOC Alliance

Professor YANG Bin is a Professor of Business Administration, Ph.D in Management Science. His expertise in General Management includes Organizational Leadership, Ethics, Non-market Strategy, Higher Education Management and etc.

He received his BS in Management Information Systems and MS/Ph.D in Management Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University with titles of “Outstanding Graduate”. He has been teaching at Tsinghua School of Economic and Management after graduation and won many awards such as “Outstanding Young Faculty Award” and “Best Teaching Award”.

He is Vice-Chairman of Association of Chinese Graduate Education, Sectary-General of China National Engineering Education Supervisory Committee, and Sectary-General of China National MBA Education Supervisory Committee.

Peng Gang

Professor Peng Gang
Vice President, Tsinghua University

Professor Peng Gang is currently Vice President and Provost of Tsinghua University, overseeing undergraduate education, development of the disciplines of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Think Tank management.

He serves as a Professor of History in the School of Humanities, specializing in Western Historiography, Intellectual History and Higher Education Administration. He is the author of The Narrative Turn, A Survey of Contemporary Western Historical Theories and the translation of Natural Rights and History. He has received numerous awards and titles, including Beijing Famous Teacher Award of Colleges and Universities.

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