Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) is the first national university in Chinese modern history, and it is ranked as one of the top research universities in the world. Since its establishment, it has played an integral role in the advancement of knowledge and betterment of society. Over time, the University’s core values have been defined by the traditions of "patriotism, progress, democracy, and science," and governed by the academic standards of "diligence, equality, truth-seeking, and innovation."
Peking University (abbreviated PKU or Beida or in chinese “北京大学” or “北大”) is a comprehensive and national key university. It is the first modern national university established in China, founded as the Imperial University of Peking in 1898 as a replacement of the ancient Guozijian (Imperial College or in chinese “国子监”). It also served as the highest administration for education in China at the beginning of its founding. The campus, renowned for its beauty of traditional Chinese architecture, is known as "Yan Yuan”(the garden of Yan) , is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing.
The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines. Thus Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future.
Prominent Peking University People:
- Mao Zedong毛泽东 – founding member and leader in the Communist Party of China
- Lu Xun 鲁迅 – Prominent writer, major figure of China's New Culture Movement
- Cai Yuanpei 蔡元培 – Early University Chancellor
- Li Keqiang 李克强 – Premier of China, Politburo Standing Committee member
- Justin Yifu Lin 林毅夫 – Economist (now the chief economist of World Bank)
- Robin Li (Li Yanhong) 李彦宏 – founder of Baidu.com
- Full list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Peking_University_people
In 2017, Peking University decided to establish the School of Innovation and entrepreneurship (Home Page: http://ostd.pku.edu.cn/index.htm) in order to promote the I&E education. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Platform of Peking University is committed to create a rich entrepreneurial atmosphere on-campus and off-campus. The Education Platform offers a series of open courses at Peking University that teaches students the foundation of entrepreneurship. The course began in September 2012. It is the first university-level open course available in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Platform also offers a Hands-on Entrepreneurship Program for the students. It consists of a series of one-to-one tutorials with mentors and guest lecturers from established businesses in China. The program will provide a nurturing and supportive environment for start-up companies. Angel funds will involve in the program.
A popular on-campus hot hub for student entrepreneurs is called the “PKU Student Entrepreneur Café”. The café is a project started by students from the Hands-on Entrepreneurship Program and is continuously being improved. It is a creative space where students can come together to engage in brainstorm sessions for their start-ups. The café stimulates students’ creativity and fosters a healthy and non-judgmental entrepreneurial environment.
In addition, the platform has founded the "Peking University Entrepreneur Forum" and the "Peking University Entrepreneurial Training Camp" to further connect successful entrepreneurs with PKU students in developing students’ hands-on business skills and passion for start-ups. The training camp is jointly organized by the PKU Alumni Affairs Office and the Peking University Entrepreneur Club, both of which are very supportive and resourceful partners.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research
In the fall of 2013, the platform established the China Innovation Index Research Center of the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Peking University. The center is dedicated to providing scientific, objective and accurate evaluation of innovation ability and innovation efficiency in this region. General Director Francis Gurry from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been invited to act as the Honorary Chairman of the center, while Professor Dongmin Chen from the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Peking University has been invited to act as the Director, and Professor Zhiyong Dong as the Chief Economist.
The platform regularly organizes a series of academic forums, conferences, and workshops on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Such events include:
“Science, Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship Sustained Economic Growth" seminar by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor John Byrne
International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Collaborative Technology Transfer Seminar
The first Zhongguancun International Intellectual Property Forum.
In addition to the above are a series of technology innovation related seminars, all of which have attracted lots of attention from the academic fields, the government, related industries and the investment community.
Academic Programs in Entrepreneurship
School of innovation and Entrepreneurship（北京大学创新创业学院）:
- Hands on entrepreneurship
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- Innovative management of start-ups
- Full list : http://www.dean.pku.edu.cn
- 3H incubation Center
- One to One Mentor
Guanghua School of Management（北京大学光华管理学院）：
Courses (Double Major of Entrepreneurship):
- Knowledge and Innovative Management
- Full list : http://www.dean.pku.edu.cn
Campus Entrepreneurial Effort
Organization: PKU Global Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (北京大学全球创新创业中心)
- Incubator for students who wants to start a business. Provide them guidance and help them find capital
- Forums related to I&E, available for everyone in PKU, in order to inspire our awareness of I&E
School: School of innovation and Entrepreneurship(北京大学产业技术研究院）
- Overall management of various issues across the campus about I&E
- Provide a series of classes for I&E
- Provide incubation for student start-ups
Competition: ICAN, a innovation competition initiated by professor Haixia Zhang, in order to empower students who are interested in innovation from all over China
Student Entrepreneurship Initiatives
Summit:Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit
A summit initiated by students in PKU in 2017, where they invited successful innovators, investors to deliver speech and product presentation.
It aims to empower students who are interested in innovation and inspire those who knows little about innovation.
Conference: (YGS 2.0) XINnovation: Identity of Innovation in China
A global symposium of 200 delegates from 54 countries held from March 23-26th, 2017. Leading thinkers and delegates alike engaged in an intensive four-day program aimed at exploring China’s understanding of “XIN,” covering a broad spectrum of technological and societal innovation.
There are hundreds of students who have already started their own business with the help from PKU. Most of them based in on-campus innovation center, which can be easily applied for their business
Organization: Peking University Alumni Venture Association, initiated in 2010. Aimed at building a communication platform for PKU Entrepreneurs to network with Alumnis working in academic, political, business, financial and media field.
Robin Li (Li Yanhong):Founder of Baidu, biggest provider of searching engine in China, one of the most influential high-tech company in the world.
Wiki Link of Robin Li: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Robin_Li
Wiki Link of Baidu: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Baidu
Michael Yu (Yu Minhong):Founder of New Oriental Education & Technology Group, the provider of private education in China which has had the magnificent impact on Chinese education, and the first Chinese educational institution to enter the New York Stock Exchange.
Wiki Link of Michael YU:: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Yu_Minhong
Wiki Link of New Oriental: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/New_Oriental
Huang Nubo:Chinese real estate developer, entrepreneur, poet and mountaineer who founded and remains the chairman of Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group.
Wiki Link of Huang Nubo: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Huang_Nubo
David Dai (Dai Wei):25 years old, founder and CEO of OFO, the first bike sharing company and biggest bike sharing provider in the world, who has enlarge the service to more than 22 countries after 3 years´development. His work has greatly promoted sharing economy in China.
Wiki Link of ofo: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Ofo_(bike_sharing)
Xiong Minglei:Founder and CEO of Robosea, first bionic wireless underwater fish drone company. Having been Launched several months, the products of this company has made a great success in many markets in the world.
Link about the Company: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/robosea
Link about the products: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1114649432/biki-first-bionic-wireless-underwater-fish-dronec,
Peking University is one of the leading Universities in the education of I&E all over the world. PKU provides its students with abundant resources and creative courses related to I&E based on various majors. For more information about PKU and its I&E education please visit the homepage of the university ( http://english.pku.edu.cn
) or the homepage of the school of innovation and entrepreneurship of Peking University (http://ostd.pku.edu.cn/index.htm)
Guanghua school of management: http://english.gsm.pku.edu.cn/index/en/index.html