Beihang University (previously known as Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) was founded on October 25, 1952 under the name of Beijing Institute of Aeronautics, originating from the merger of the aeronautical departments of Tsinghua University, Beiyang University, Xiamen University, Sichuan University, etc. Located in the center of the Zhongguancun Science Park and within easy reach of central Beijing, Beihang is the first university in China focusing on aeronautical and astronautical education and research. About 26km away from the main campus, the suburban Shahe campus provides quiet study milieu and is also home to the National Laboratory of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NLAA). The very new Doudian campus aims at research and innovation through engineering combined with medicine.
At present, the university comprises more than 30 schools/colleges and covers 10 discipline categories, including science, technology, medicine, liberal arts, law, economy, management, philosophy, foreign languages and education. Among all disciplines are eight first-level national key disciplines and 28 second-level ones. Based on its various disciplines, the university provides 74 undergraduate programs and authorizes 25 kinds of doctoral degrees as well as 39 kinds of Master’s degrees. It is also home to 23 post-doctoral research centers.
Beihang has now a total enrollment of over 37,000 full-time students, including about 2,300 international students who are pursuing their degrees. Beihang is deeply committed to an education that fosters innovation and intercultural awareness. It is a campus tradition that Beihang students participate in innovation contests and figure out the most creative solutions in teams every year. It is also a booming trend for many students to spend weeks, months or even years studying abroad at our partner universities.
Establishing a solid scientific foundation and innovative capacity that caters to China’s national strategic needs is a high priority for Beihang University. As one of the important bases for scientific/technological innovation and high-level personnel education in China, Beihang has one national laboratory, nine national key laboratories (including four key laboratories of defense technology), four national engineering centers, three Beijing advanced innovation centers, over 70 provincial or ministry-level key laboratories and eight national discipline innovation and talent introduction bases for higher education. For over 60 years, the university has been a pioneer in developing cutting-edge science and technology, making 40 research achievements that are first in China and winning the three top national science and technology awards 60 times. An exemplar of its research contributions is the Lunar Palace 1 Project, which was selected among the Top Ten Achievements of Talent Introduction in 65 Years since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China. In addition to serving the country, it is also striving to boost engagement with the world-wide flow of talent, vigorous intellectual exchange, and international interdisciplinary research.
Beihang has evolved into an open, comprehensive, research-oriented university with focuses on aeronautics, astronautics and informatics. Looking to the future, Beihang aspires to become a world-class research university rooted in China with distinctive advantages in science and technology.
At present, the president of Beihang University is Professor XU Huibin, a material scientist and a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Updated in August, 2020