Benifit from our world class partnership
LSE and Peking University (PKU) are two of the world’s leading institutions for teaching and research. LSE is ranked second in the world for social sciences and overall twenty-sixth best globally. PKU is ranked second overall in China and thirty-first globally.
“There is only one Beida” is a phrase often heard in China, referring to the term Chinese use for Peking University. The University is China's oldest and most prestigious, and is internationally recognized as the leading institution of higher education in the country. Established in 1898, the university has a total enrolment of over 46,000 students, with just under 2,000 international students.
Its outstanding international reputation is based on a wide range of achievements, many in the natural and social sciences. In 1965 it synthesized bovine insulin artificially for the first time in the world. In the early 1970s it developed the first MFLOPSIC computer in China, and in the 1990s the atomic weight of indium, measured by a Peking University academic, was adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency as the international standard.
Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
The Peking University campus is one of the most beautiful in China. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan" (The Gardens of Yan) is situated at the northeast of the Haidian District at the western suburbs of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (274 hectares). The campus includes many traditional style Chinese buildings, a large lake and several former residences and buildings used in ancient Imperial China. It stands near the Yuan Ming Gardens and the Summer Palace.
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.
Choose one of our unique courses
Our innovative courses offer a truly exceptional learning experience with 48 contact hours over two weeks using a combination of lectures, seminars, trips and extracurricular activities. All courses are taught in English and boasts an outstanding faculty from LSE and PKU. We also offer a two-week pre-sessional Chinese Language Course for those who are also interested in learning some basic Chinese.
Photo: The Political Economy of Urbanisation in China and Asia: Globalisation and Uneven Development students get a unique tour of the streets of Beijing with Professor Hyun Bang Shin
Mix with students and professionals from all over the world
In 2018, the LSE-PKU Summer School was attended by 483 participants from 40 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, a quarter of whom were graduate professionals from different industries, governments and NGOs. Our programme is open to university students and professionals from all levels and locations, creating an unrivalled opportunity for global networking. Read what our students have to say about the LSE-PKU Summer School.
Photo: LSE-PKU Summer School Class of 2017
'It was fabulous to meet students from almost all the continents. Now I have friends from every part of the world. Most of my fellow students were very different because of their various backgrounds, but it was enlightening to be exposed to them. Best part is I am still in touch with them!" Aariz Raza Khan, University of Management and Technology, Pakistan
Explore one of the world's most spectacular cities
Beijing is one of the largest and most dynamic cities in Asia, providing a fascinating base from which to learn more about China's economy, business, politics and social policies. Nowhere else is the contrast between old and new quite so dramatic, and the PKU campus is itself a tourist destination with a beautiful lake and many examples of classic Chinese architecture.
Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is under the direct administration of the central government of the PRC. The city is widely considered as the political, cultural and historical centre of China. With a history of more than 3,000 years, Beijing has been the capital city for six dynasties in Chinese history. Due to its historical background, Beijing has conserved many royal palaces and parks of the ancient Chinese emperors, such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. The city is also famous for its cultural heritage. One good example is Beijing Opera, which is a traditional form of artistic performance, and it is regarded as the quintessence of Chinese culture.
With the rapid modernization of China, Beijing has now become one of the most important financial and business centres. In terms of educational development, Beijing is one of the leading cities in China, where numerous prestigious higher education institutions are located. It also has many scientific research institutions, which makes the city an important base for China’s technological development and innovation.
In 2008, Beijing hosted the 29th Olympic Games. Since then, the city accelerated its pace of globalisation. At present, Beijing has developed exchanges with different countries and regions in economy, trade, technology, education and culture at both governmental and social levels.
Beijing is home to 7 UNESCO world heritage sites including:
- The Great Wall
- The Forbidden City
- The Temple of Heaven
- The Summer Palace
- The Ming Tombs
- Peking Man Site at Zhoukouduian
- The Grand Canal
Photo: Lion statue and traditional architecture by Simon Weiler