Peking University: And the Origins of Higher Education in China by Hao Ping
Renowned as one of the most distinguished universities in the world, Peking University (PKU) has been at the forefront of higher education in China since its inception. In fact, its roots arguably date to the origin of Chinese higher education. Author Dr. Hao Ping-historian, former administrator at Peking University, and current vice minister of education in China-traces the intricate evolution of the university, beginning with the preceding institutions that contributed to its establishment, and stretching from the first Opium War of 1839 through the first of several eye-opening defeats for the then-isolated Middle Kingdom to the Xinhai Revolution and the early days of the Republic of China. Hao Ping chronicles the contentious debates between reform-minded leaders who championed Western models of learning and conservatives who favored the traditional schooling and examination system, providing readers with details about the workings of the imperial court as well as the very individual officials and scholars involved in Chinese educational reform. This authoritative history of the founding of Peking University defends the university's claim to be the first modern university in China and offers insight into the origins of higher education as it exists in China today.