Beihang University, also known as “BUAA” or “Beihang”, formerly known as Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, was founded in 1952 out of the merger of the aeronautical departments of Tsinghua University, Beiyang University, Amoy (Xiamen) University, Sichuan University, Yunnan University, Northwest Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, North China University, and Southwest Aeronautical Institute. Situated in the capital in the center of Zhongguancun Science Park, next to China’s National Olympic Center, with an area of over 100 hectares, Beihang University is the first university of aeronautical and astronautical engineering in China.
The meeting announcing the founding of the Beijing Institute of Aeronautics (BIA) was held in the auditorium of Beijing Institute of Technology (formerly Zhongfa University) on October 25, 1952. Faculty and students from the aeronautical departments in eight universities joined to lay the foundations for the new institute, whose chosen site was in Beiyanzhuang Village, Haidian District, in the western suburb of Beijing. By October some of the faculty and students were able to start normal work and study. In the beginning there were only two departments with 4 majors: aeroplane design and aeroplane technology in the department of aeorplane engineering, and engine design, engine technology in the department of aeroplane engine engineering. In May 1988 the Institute changed to its present name of Beihang University.
Beihang University has evolved into an open, multi-disciplined, research-oriented university of engineering science and technology with an emphasis on aeronautical and astronautical engineering. At present the university is being developed with the joint efforts of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, the Ministry of Education, the Municipal Government of Beijing, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering Sciences. Conscious of its role in invigorating China through science and education and pursuing its traditional style of "hard work, simple living, diligent learning, all-round development and courageous innovation, Beihang University is deepening the reform in education and striving to realize its goal of becoming a "top-rate university in China, well-known throughout the world."
Beihang University is international-oriented and open for communication. Vigorously promote “Student Internationally Experience Program”, actively carries out the students exchange and mutual and united degree granting with the famous universities in the countries and regions such as Europe, North America, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, etc.. It has established long-term and stable cooperative relationship with famous institutions of higher education, first-class research institutions and well-known multinational companies, establishing a batch of high-end international cooperation platforms including “Sino-German Joint Software Research Institute”, “Sino-British Space Science And Technology Joint Laboratory”, “Sino-French Material Joint Laboratory” and “French Research Center”, etc.. It joined International Astronautical Federation, “Sino-European Elite Universities Alliance”, “Sino-Spain Universities Alliance”, “Sino-Russian Engineering Universities Alliance” and other international alliance and academic organizations. Sino-French Engineer School of BUAA has been a successful model for nationwide universities carrying out Sino-foreign cooperative education.
(Source: Beihang University)