Introduction to Peking University (PKU)
Peking University (also known as “Beida”) is one of the oldest and most distinguished higher education institutions in China. PKU tops major national and international rankings for best universities every year. The university is a member of the C9 League, an organization in China similar to the Ivy League in the United States.
Peking University is popular for having one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Its campus resembles a summer palace, with the Weiming Lake Area in close proximity. If you come during autumn, you can see the exceptional beauty of the university and experience the tranquility and peace of the place.
Peking University Location
Peking University is located in the North West of Beijing in the University District (Haidian District).
It is about 15 minutes walk away from Wudaokou which is the centre of the University District. There is also a subway next to the Peking University Gate.
Peking University is well known for its beautiful campus with lakes and greenery and beautiful buildings.
The students of Peking University enjoy a rich and vibrant campus life. Peking University has been famous for its student activities ever since the time of its foundation.
Enjoying the full support from the university, students are encouraged to experience colorful campus lives. There are more than two hundred student-organized associations, and a range of student activities running year-round, which satisfy the different demands of local as well as international students. Through these activities, students cultivate their interpersonal friendship, creativity and leadership.
Every year, there are several carefully designed festivals and activities which are regarded as main campus events. Some of them are annual, such as New Year’s Eve Celebration, or the International Cultural Festival. Others may be the result of the university encouraging students to follow current trends or explore new activities; the Singing Competition for Foreign Students is one such new event.
In this way, students at Peking University not only receive a comprehensive and prestigious academic education, but also experience a balanced life, consisting of a vibrant array of student organizations and activities, leadership development opportunities, international programs and athletic competitions.
Being a student at Peking University, you have the privilege of making good use of her resources to work towards realizing your dreams. The university seeks to fulfill its commitment to free speech and inquiry with the importance of an education that encompasses the whole person in mind.
Peking University expects all students to be open to the numerous challenges and opportunities the institution provides and offers.
“Being involved in activities allows you to take control of your experience at college and make it your own. You get out of college what you put into it, and that’s true outside of the classroom as well,” one student said.
He also recognized that being a part of extracurricular activities has made him a more well-rounded person, and has helped him to develop the skills to become a leader.
Each year, hundreds of academic seminars and lectures are offered to students. Representative student activities include International Culture Festivals, PKU Top Ten Singers, New Year Eve Celebration, Chorus Competition, Freshman Art Performance, and Challenge Cup Academic Competition, among others.
International Cultural Festivals
The International Cultural Festival is held every October. It is a grand event in the history of Peking University’s cultural exchange, a brilliant exhibition of a multi-ethnic global vision, and on this vivid stage it will be set by the international students of Peking University.
On the appointed day, representatives from various embassies, university heads, and student representatives from home and abroad are invited to participate in a grand opening ceremony.
International students will be representatives of their own countries, using their intuition and creativity to organize their own country’s booth.
PKU Top Ten Singers
The “PKU Top Ten Singers” annual contest always gains the hottest attention around the campus. After three rounds of competition, more than twenty contestants will meet in the competition finals.
Every year, a large number of songs written by students appear on the stage. In this competition, the charm, passion, creativity and talent of PKU students are demonstrated in full to their peers.
Beida Cup Athletic Championships
Every year, the PKU Student Union holds the Beida Cup Athletic Championships, which includes sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, etc. This event is a great opportunity for students from different departments compete with each other. It receives great attention from students, and promotes the athletic spirit on campus quite considerably
Introduction To Star Student Organizations
Peking University Mountaineering Association (PUMA)
PUMA was founded in the year 1989, and has henceforth enjoyed great fame around campus. Mountain climbing, which combines natural exploration and scientific investigation, strives to exploit the rich, mountainous resources of the land.
In the summertime, social practice teams are organized to go to the border areas of the country, render services to the local people and harvest first-hand knowledge of their lifestyles at the same time.
Students’ International Communication Association (SICA)
Since its establishment in 1997, SICA was closely involved in the international exchange of Peking University, including the reception and interview of distinguished guests to Peking University, such as heads of foreign states, ambassadors, university presidents, social and commercial celebrities, etc.
SICA has developed into a friendly interface for student exchange by organizing various international forums and festivals inviting participation from Chinese and international students both from home and abroad. For instance, some events include the JING Forum with University of Tokyo, the Beida-Harvard Exchange Camp, The Peking Globalist with Yale University, etc.
Loving Heart Society of Peking University
This is the first community service student association in China. They promote the concept of equality and civil rights; help the disabled and the handicapped, and volunteer in the countryside to help the poor. On campus, they distribute flyers and tips, in addition to reminding their fellow students to have generous hearts in society.