About Peking University & the Department of Digital Art and Design of PKU

About Peking University

Founded in 1898, Peking University was originally known as the Imperial University of Peking. It was the first national university covering comprehensive disciplines in China, and has been a leading institution of higher education in China since its establishment. It also served as the highest administration for education at the beginning of its founding.

In 1912, the university adopted its present name. At the end of the 20th century, the Chinese government put Peking University at the top of its agenda for promoting higher education, with the aim to build a world-class university in the 21st Century. After merging with Beijing Medical University in 2000, Peking University once again was strengthened in its disciplinary structure.

Peking University has continually played the essential role of pioneers in the course of China's modernization. The university's traditional emphasis on patriotism, progress, democracy, and science, together with its educational standards of diligence, precision, factualism, and innovation, have been passed down from generation to generation.

About the Department of Digital Art and Design of PKU

The establishment of the Department of Digital Art and Design at School of Software and Microelectronic at Peking University gives Chinese and Asian students a chance to receive a professional education in the digital arts in a world class academic program. Our new programs will provide the same or higher levels of instructions in the Digital Arts as in many of the institutions in North America and Europe. With these highly developed curricula, students in China now have a way of exploring the use of technologies in Television and Film, Computer Animation, Interactive Multi-Media and Computer Gaming as well as the traditional computing businesses. Our program will provide a favorable circumstance where the deep and rich cultural background of China can be expressed and brought to the world in new and exciting ways.

Former Head of Department: Becky Bristow, Robin G. King.

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