Insights: Beijing Air, Reality Check

Airmaggedon, Airpocalypse, Grey-jing – Beijing’s air pollution is a much talked about topic for anyone living and travelling here, and remains a hotly contentious and complex issue. As a megacity and one of the most populous cities in the world, Beijing’s air pollution attracts mass media, government and public attention.

But don’t panic! Here are some points of consideration to complement your own understanding.

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Insights: Where to visit in Beijing

Beijing is a unique city of dichotomies, attractively set against one of the most dynamic, lively, and fast-paced environments in the world. With more than a tenth of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Beijing alone, the weight of history can be felt alongside the spur of the modern and innovative - making Beijing one of the most interesting and rewarding destinations to visit.

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Central China Television (CCTV) Headquarters, Beijing © bingdian/Getty Images

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Insights: How to stay fit while studying at Peking University

An integral part of maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle, exercise is also a fun way to boost energy, promote better sleep and improve mood and memory. Whether you’re striving to reach your physical best or simply looking for an excuse to justify overeating at the canteens, there are numerous opportunities to stay fit at Peking University.

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Insights: How to find accommodation

It’s one of the most daunting tasks for your exchange abroad. How do you find somewhere liveable and within your means overseas? In an unfamiliar location and with unfamiliar processes? Possibly in an unfamiliar language? Don’t be overwhelmed! The process isn’t too different to what you might be familiar with in your home country. This should be a fun process resulting in you finding a home away from home! Here are some tips given by some of Peking University’s international students.

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How to choose the PKUSSI courses that best suit you? (Part III) New Courses

PKUSSI always tries to increase the quality of our summer program, adding new courses with the best professors from PKU and abroad. Let us introduce 2018 New Courses!

Star Professor Courses

  • GAO Yan & MA Li: Entrepreneurial China
  • ZHAO Baisheng & Jonathan Lock Hart: The Global Images of China
  • ZHAI Kun: Belt & Road: China’s Original International Strategy: the Belt and Road Initiatives

Featured Courses

  • ZHU Yujie: Heritage, Tourism and Globalization
  • ZHOU Yu: Environmental China: Nature, Culture and Development

 

Stay with us! We will introduce in detail all new courses and professors to you in the coming weeks.

How to choose the PKUSSI courses that best suit you? (Part II) Students Diversity and Engagement

In 2017, PKUSSI welcomed more than 340 students from all over the world! Students came from Association of East Asian Research Universities and IARU International Alliance of Research Universities, partner organizations such as Santander, Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School, China Europe International Summer School and our partner universities (National University of Singapore, King’s College London, Ecole du Louvre, etc.). Below you can find the results of 2017 survey on student diversity and classroom engagement.

  • Courses that have the most diverse student groups
  1. Modern Chinese Fiction through Film
  2. Chinese Traditional Identity and Its Transformation after 1949
  3. Chinese Traditional Body Exercise, Diet and Health Preservation

 

  • Courses that provide most of all opportunities for classroom engagement
  1. Modern Chinese Fiction through Film
  2. Chinese Traditional Identity and Its Transformation after 1949
  3. Chinese Traditional Body Exercise, Diet and Health Preservation

 

*Note: new courses and courses offered in the previous years are not included in the survey

How to choose the PKUSSI courses that best suit you? (Part I) Academic Quality

Don’t know how to choose PKUSSI courses? We can help! Based on the 2017 survey and evaluation results, we prepared lists of Top-5 courses according to the following criteria:

  • Courses that are the most academic rigorous 
  1. The Rise of China and Change in World Politics
  2. Asia-Pacific Security
  3. Arts of Chinese Traditional Performance
  4. Modern Chinese Fiction through Film
  5. Transition and Public Policy in China
  • Courses that the most sufficiently address the depth and breadth of the topic 
  1. Asia-Pacific Security
  2. Chinese Traditional Body Exercise, Diet and Health Preservation
  3. The Rise of China and Change in World Politics
  4. Chinese Traditional Identity and Its Transformation after 1949
  • Courses that have the best teaching quality
  1. The Rise of China and Change in World Politics
  2. Modern Chinese Fiction through Film
  3. Chinese Traditional Identity and Its Transformation after 1949
  4. Understanding China: From Its Media, Communication and Culture
  5. Arts of Chinese Traditional Performance

 

*Note: new courses and courses offered in the previous years are not included in the survey