Visiting Peking University

Peking University is also located in the northwest suburb in Beijing, close to Tsinghua University. Established in 1898 in Qing Dynasty, Peking University is the most influential academic institution in the Chinese modern history, where many academic and revolutionary leaders with very diverse ideologies studied, taught, and worked. Examples include Cai Yuanpei, the president of Peking University from 1917 to 1928, who strongly promoted academic freedom and tolerated different liberal ideas and research activities in campus, such as communism, socialism, capitalism, philosophy and democracy from western countries, and traditional Chinese philosophy and concepts; Mao Zedong, a founder of the Chinese Communist Party, and founding leader of the People's Republic of China; Hu Shi, a Cornell/Columbia educated scholar who was the University president between 1946 to 1949, and later became the president of the Academy of Sciences in Taiwan; and Lu Xun, an influential writer with serious critics to the society in 1920's to 1930's. Peking University is best known for its sciences and liberal arts.

This group picture was taken in front of the western gate of Peking University. From left to right: Jason Cong (UCLA), Fred Roberts (Rutgers), Keith Marzullo (UCSD), Valerie Taylor (Texas A&M), Bryant York (Portland State), Martha Pollack (Michigan), Gurindar Sohi (Wisconsin), Marc Snir (UIUC), Randal Bryant (CMU), and Xiaodong Zhang (Ohio State).

The Nameless Lake

The Nameless Lake in the university campus adds an unique scenic beauty in its rich scholarly environment. From left to right: Fred Roberts (Rutgers), Gurindar Sohi (Wisconsin), Xiaodong Zhang (Ohio State). Bryant York (Portland State), Marc Snir (UIUC), Randal Bryant (CMU), Jason Cong (UCLA), Keith Marzullo (UCSD), Martha Pollack (Michigan), and Valerie Taylor (Texas A&M).