Established in 1937, Renmin University of China (RUC, also known as the People's University of China) is a key university in China, and also the first university to be established by the newly founded People's Republic of China. The RUC's strengths emphasize the humanities and social sciences, however, the university also embraces disciplines in the area of natural sciences. The RUC is a comprehensive research-orientated university.
At present, the RUC has an enrollment of 18,752 students, this breaks down into 9,262 undergraduate students and 9,490 postgraduate students. The ratio of postgraduates to undergraduates is the highest of all the research-orientated comprehensive universities in China. In addition, the RUC also has an enrollment of 10,000 in adult education, about 80 percent of whom are doing courses leading to a Bachelor's degree. At the RUC, there is a collective enrolment of 30,000 Chinese students engaged in online learning, and there are 1,066 .international students.
The RUC has a strong faculty. At present, the RUC has a large group of well-known leading scholars who are highly regarded both in China and overseas. A highly qualified and well structured teaching and research body has been formed. This year the RUC has a staff of 1,485 which includes 424 professors and 595 associate professors. The RUC has the top ranking in terms of the number of scholars who have gained official recognition from both the national and Beijing municipal governments. In addition, 198 eminent scholars from overseas, and 930 well-known intellectuals and scientists from various fields in China, have contributed to the teaching and research at the RUC as honorary professors, resident professors, or part-time professors.
With undergraduate education as the base and an emphasis on postgraduate education, supplemented by adult education courses and online learning, the RUC has formed a multi-dimensional structure and multilevel system in education and research. The RUC has a Graduate School which is responsible for the administration of postgraduate students, and RUC now comprises twenty-one schools of different disciplines (a Chemistry Department has been established for the near future creation of a School of Natural Sciences). The RUC also has a substantial number of research centers, fourteen transitional centers for post-doctoral fellows, and also a School of Continuing Education, a School of Education and Training, and the Shenzhen Research Institute. The RUC ranks first in three areas among all universities in China: there are six national research bases in fundamental disciplines in the literary arts; thirteen key national research bases in the humanities and social sciences; and twenty-five essential domestic disciplines are taught on campus, which places the RUC first in the social sciences and humanities nationwide.
The quality of postgraduate research is witnessed in the sixteen doctoral degree dissertations that have been awarded outstanding prizes in nationwide evaluations of Ph.D dissertations. The RUC is now authorized to offer bachelor's degrees in sixty areas, and double degree in eight areas. The RUC has ninety-nine Masters programs and sixty-six Ph.D. programs. The RUC ranks third among all the universities in China with respect to the number of disciplines. In a recent appraisal conducted by the Ministry of Education, five disciplines at the RUC rank first among all the universities in China. These disciplines are: Theoretical Economics; Applied Economics; Legal Studies; Sociology; and Journalism and Communication. The same appraisal saw the RUC programs in Political Science, Management of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, History, and Business Administration also score very well. These results fully demonstrate the great potential of the strength in teaching and research at Renmin University.
At present, staff members and students of the RUC are holding high the standard that "Development is the paramount principle", we strive to emancipate the mind, to seek truth from facts, to maintain our position at the forefront of knowledge, to creatively forge ahead with full force to build a world-renowned university that is approved by and satisfies the people.