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On April 29, 1911, when the Bauhinias were blossoming all over the garden, the first sound of book-reading came out of Tsinghua Xuetang, which initiated the history of Tsinghua University.
From her very beginning as Tsinghua Xuetang, Tsinghua University progressively developed, nurturing her blossoming talents. In 1925, the Institute of National Studies was established and located in Tsinghua Xuetang. With the principle of the integration of the Chinese culture and the western culture, a number of distinguished scholars gathered here such as WANG Guowei, LIANG Qichao, CHEN Yinque, and ZHAO Yuanren who were known as the “Four Great Masters” in Tsinghua Garden. In just a few years’ time, Tsinghua became one of the top institutes in China, known not only for her sciences, but also for her national studies, carrying forward the Chinese civilization. Also in Tsinghua Xuetang once studied famous figures such as MEI Yi-qi, WEN Yiduo, ZHU Kezhen, HOU Debang,MAO Yisheng, YE Qisun, PAN Guangdan, WU Mi and etc.
In 2009, Tsinghua Xuetang Talents Program was launched. The Xuetang Program aims to transform the education resources that the University has into the priority for the students’ cultivation. An important criteria of the Xuetang Program is the enrichment of the breadth and depth of Tsinghua's faculties. Curriculum development and facility advancement also contribute to an atmosphere that incubates the learning process. Through the Xuetang Program our students find inspiration to devote themselves to their fields and take a leadership position among academics worldwide. Tsinghua Xuetang Talents Program focuses on six disciplinary areas, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Science, Computer Science and Mechanics. These reinvigorated programs have moved into their newly renovated building of Tsinghua Xuetang.
Tsinghua Xuetang Mathematics Program
The ultimate goal of the Mathematics Program is to nurture a new generation of leading Chinese mathematician. The program seeks to recruit and train the students motivated to pursue their careers in mathematics, providing them with superior training and opportunities to work with mathematical masters around the world so that they can become leading mathematicians in the future.
Tsinghua Xuetang Physics Program
The Physics Program which is regarded as a Tsinghua paradise for physics study and research aims to turn out world-class physicians and academic masters. The Program builds on the fine tradition of Tsinghua's Physics Department which generated two Nobel laureates and ten great scientists in the research on atomic and hydrogen bombs and the first satellite in China. Now provided with leading faculties, the Program focuses on training the students with their academic interest, innovative drive, imaginary and critical thinking ability, and creates the best environment for the talent students who are willing to devote themselves into scaling the heights of physics.
Tsinghua Xuetang Chemistry Program
The mission of the Chemistry Program is to explore and establish a new educational system for cultivating talented and devoted chemists. The training of this Program focuses not only on the basics of chemistry, but also on its frontier research and future development. Through the personalized education with its emphasis on critical thinking, this Program aims at producing a new generation of leading chemists, who are dedicated and creative in chemical research, and have solid background and broad vision in chemistry as well as strong sense of social responsibility.
Tsinghua Xuetang Life Science Program
The Life Science Program aims to nurture the outstanding future research talents who are willing to dedicate themselves to the life science. Based on flexible curriculums, challenging experiments, the guidance from excellent scientists, and various international exchanges, this Program will provide a special platform for learning and research for its talented students strongly interested in life science and determined to devote themselves to this field.
Tsinghua Xuetang Computer Science Program
The Computer Science Program was founded by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, world-leading computer scientist in 2006 with a view to nurture promising undergraduate students in the field of computer science, who are to become top talents students in the world. Yao Class has set up a model for cultivating innovative talents in accordance with their aptitude and developed an extensive international teaching program. It promotes progressive education as first two years focus on basic knowledge in computer science while third and fourth years featuring in two research areas namely "theory and security" and "system and application". Its distinctive talent cultivation model has been highly acknowledged and strongly supported. Most of Yao Class students pursue further studies upon graduation and are now making remarkable achievements in the field of computer science.
Tsinghua Xuetang Mechanics Program
The Mechanics Program aims to create the best learning and research environment for the talents, encourage them to explore scientifically, and at the same time conduct autonomous learning by themselves in order to promote their personalized development and aptitude for critical thinking. The Program focuses on nurturing the future leaders in mechanics and engineering with good knowledge of humanities and prominent innovative ability.
Key features of the carefully designed curriculum include small class size coordinated with a tutorial system. Prominent scholars and world masters in mechanics are invited to deliver lecturers. Through the collaboration with major world universities and the state key engineering projects, the Program will offer the talented students more opportunities and an enriched platform for their learning and research.