Introduction to Beihang University (BUAA)
Beihang University (formerly known as Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) was founded on October 25th 1952. The university is a merger of the aeronautical departments of Tsinghua University, Beiyang University, Amoy (Xiamen) University, Sichuan University, Northwest Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, North China University, and Southwest Aeronautical Institute.
Beihang University is regarded as one of the leading engineering universities in China. It has great influence on China’s aeronautical and astronautical industry. The chief engineers and commander of China’s Shenzhou Space Project are mostly alumni of the university. Beihang University plays and will continue to play a key role in China’s ambitious space exploration goals.
International Students at Beihang University
Beihang has traditionally been closed to international students until the early 1990s. In order to internationalise, Beihang University decided to offer large numbers of programs in English.
Today, Beihang University has one of the largest pools of English-medium programs in China which are open to international students. Beihang specializes in Engineering, but is also a comprehensive university that offers a wide range of subjects, from trade, and accounting to linguistics and law.
There are a total of 13,000 undergraduates, 10,000 postgraduates studying and 1,100 international students at Beihang.
Beihang University Campus and Location
Beihang University is located on Xueyuan Lu in Haidian District of Beijing. It is located close to Wudaokou (the student district) of Beijing.
Beihang University has a beautiful campus with more than 50% of the campus covered in trees. The campus is divided into four parts: the teaching quarter, student’s living quarter, residential quarter, and the science quarter.
The campus is next to the High-Tech park of Beijing and the Olympic park. It is convenient for transport links, and has a number of services on campus including various sports facilities, a bank, post office and canteen.
Beihang University Gymnasium
Beihang University Gymnasium is a 5,400 indoor seated arena. It was built specifically for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and hosted the weightlifting.
Beihang University Library
The library was opened in 1952 and is 1,8000 square meters. It is a six story building (see pictures below). The library is open over 80 hours a week, and has a large collection of books (over 1.2 million), 1,235 periodical titles, hundreds of newspapers. There are over 2000 seats, 13 reading rooms, 2 study rooms and a teaching room.
There are also a number of online databases, which are available on the campus network. There are also inter-library loans with National Library of China, Tsinghua University and a number of other libraries that allow the faculty and staff to use the above libraries.
Faculty of Beihang University
Beihang University has a large faculty of competent professors with international experience. The university has 3,300 faculty members who are experts on the national level, 11 Changjiang Scholars, 315 supervisors of PhD programs, and over 100 recipients of subsidies from the national government. The University’s faculty has the highest percentage of PhD out of all the Universities in China. Beihang places continued emphasis to develop the quality of the faculty.
Life at Beihang University
Beihang has many student activities in science, technology, arts and sports. The Feng Ru Cup competition is named after Feng Ru (Alumni of Beihang), and is a competition in invention in science and technology.
Beihang also has the festival of Aeronatuics and Astronautics, and the Festival of Culture and Arts, and the Festival of Sports. Beihang is the only University of science and technology that has won the “Victory Cup” for 8 years in a row. The University also has a choir, music group, and Chinese folk music band, winning a number of competitions and awards.
Students can also participate in a number of sports at Beihang, with world class facilities, such as the Gymnasium, built specifically for the 2008 Olympics. Beihang’s Volleyball team is famous for winning the China College Volleyball competition many times.
List of Programs for International Students