Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics， or BUAA for short, was founded on October 25, 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, BUAA is China’s first university of aeronautical and astronautical engineering.
Since its founding, BUAA has been one of the key universities given priority for development. In the new century and millennium, BUAA was officially listed in China's Action Plan for the Revitalization of Education in the 21st Century. Over the past 50years BUAA has provided about 80000 professionals of high caliber in various disciplines for the country.
At present, the university comprises 17 schools and 6 departments, covering such diverse fields as science, technology, liberal arts, law, economy, management, philosophy, foreign languages and education. Total faculty and staff number more than 3300, including 10 academicians of either the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering Sciences, over 1400 full or associate professors, and 290 supervisors of doctorate programs. BUAA has a total enrolment of over 26,000, including more than 1300 doctorate candidates, over 5000 master candidates, more than 14,000 in 4 or 2 year undergraduate programs, and about 300 overseas students. It has 42 research institutes or interdisciplinary research centers, 11 key disciplines of the national level, and 89 laboratories.
In recent years BUAA has ranked among the foremost in China in terms of funding for scientific research. The university is equipped with all ancillary facilities. The library, with an area of over 24,000 square meters, has a collection of over 1.2 million books. BUAA's sports facilities include a modern gymnasium and a sports ground with sophisticated equipment. BUAA has become one of China’s most important bases for scientific and technological innovation and quality education of high-level personnel.
The celebration of BUAA’s 50 eventful years signifies an even more promising future. BUAA 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, "BUAA is deepening its reform in education and striving to realize its goal of becoming a "top-rate university in China, well-known throughout the world."