Continuing education at Tsinghua University started as “Night School” in the 1950s. To date, the University’s continuing education has cultivated millions of talented people. The establishment of the School of Continuing Education, approved by the Ministry of Education (then the State Education Commission) in 1985, significantly promoted the continuing education of the University. In 2002 the University reformed the management and administration structure of continuing education. The Administration Office of Continuing Education (Originally Administration Office of Professional Training) was thus set up to be in charge of continuing and distance education at Tsinghua. The School of Continuing Education, shifted from management to offering continuing education and training services, has become the backbone of Tsinghua’s continuing education. The School also holds the UNESCO Chair of Continuing Engineering Education.
The continuing education is an important part of Tsinghua’s talent-cultivation initiative. With an outstanding faculty team, strong research capacity, and active international exchange and cooperation, the University gives participants unparalleled access to high-quality educational and training resources. It offers a broad range of continuing education and professional development programs covering science, engineering, liberty arts, law, medicine, economics, management, art, etc. These programs are in the form of short-term training courses, visiting scholar programs, on-line non-degree postgraduate certificate courses and so on. They are delivered either in the classroom with great flexibility or through the internet advanced by modern technology, or with the combination of both.
Educational innovation serves the society. Under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, continuing education at Tsinghua University will work hard to serve national strategies, and actively promote the construction of a learning society. Over the past years, with the concerted efforts of our faculty and staff, continuing education has carried out comprehensive reform across the board together with the whole University. Constantly deepening the reform of system and mechanism, we have accelerated the progress towards world-class continuing education.Since 2003, Tsinghua University has started education for poverty alleviation. With the aim of “disseminating knowledge and eradicating poverty”, it has targeted poverty alleviation and development work in key counties and concentrated contiguous poverty-stricken areas for the purpose of educating the poor. Tsinghua cooperates closely with local organization departments and education authorities to establish modern long-distance teaching stations for educational poverty alleviation. Satellite technology is used to transfer Tsinghua high-quality education and training resources to undeveloped areas for free. In more than ten years, a total of more than 1,100 county-level modern distance teaching stations have been established in 27 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions across the country, accumulatively training more than 2.51 million local party and government cadres and teachers and students in primary and secondary schools in impoverished areas. From 2004 to 2017, a total of 2252 students and 364 young teachers from Tsinghua, 1,104 university students from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan took advantage of summer vacations to go to poverty-stricken areas in China to teach English, computer courses, and share their learning experiences. Since 2013, Tsinghua has been assigned by the Ministry of Education to help the poverty-stricken county of Nanjian, Yunnan Province. In 2017, Tsinghua University’s education poverty alleviation team organized five face-to-face training and six distance training programmes for Nanjian County.