Peking University, colloquially known in Chinese as Beida is regarded as one of the best and the most selective universities in China.
Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) is the first national university in Chinese modern history, with a high reputation in and outside China , owing to the abundant teaching resources and outstanding research level. Peking University now consists of 31 colleges and 14 departments, offering 101 undergraduate programs, 224 postgraduate programs, and 202 doctoral programs.
The Times World University Rankings in 2006 rated Peking University as the best university in Asia, and ranked 14th in the world.
In October 2005, there were 14,456 undergraduates, 10031 postgraduates and 5088 doctoral candidates. There were also on campus approximately 4,000 long-term and short-term international students from 80 countries. Among them, there were 1701 Degree-Seeking students.
The campus of Peking University is located in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district which was designated for universities.
It is located on the former site of Qing Dynasty royal gardens and retains Chinese-style landscaping as well as many traditional buildings. It is known throughout China, along with its neighbour Tsinghua University, for having one of the most beautiful campuses.