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Specialty: Automotive Engineering


Introduction
      The automotive industry is one of the pillar industries for national economy, and a highly specialized and automated comprehensive industry. In modern society, the quantity demanded for vehicle is ever-rising, and we place our hope on younger generations for the growth of the automotive industry.
      Tsinghua is the first university in China to put in place the specialty of vehicle. It has trained large quantities of high-grade technology and management talents in the field of automotive engineering since the aircraft and vehicle group was formed in 1932. The Auto Department boasts excellent research conditions – the State Key Laboratory of Automotive Safety and Energy Conservation, the Automotive Research Institute, the Delphi-Tsinghua Institute of Automotive System, the Automotive Engineering Institute and other important research institutes as well as teaching and training bases.

Faculty
      The Department of Automotive Engineering (referred to as the Auto Department hereafter) has a strong faculty, with 19 professors (including 2 distinguished professors and a lecture professor, all are Yangzi River Scholars) and 39 associate professors; 77% of the faculty are doctorate holders.


Specialties
      The Auto Department aims at educating high-grade talents in design, development, management and higher education for the automotive and related industries. Students receive an all-around training in theoretical basis, rationale of engineering technology and professional knowledge. They will acquire a rational knowledge structure and strong integrative competence as they will master not only mathematics, dynamics and mechanics but electronics, computer and automation technology. Specialized courses include automotive structure, automotive theory, automotive design, principles of internal combustion engine, automotive structure, disassembly and assembly, automotive electronics, vehicle and internal combustion engine test technology, as well as 10 odd elective courses.
      Since 2000, the Department began to enroll 15 students with an artistic talent, good academic results in science and all-around quality to major in automotive model and car body design. For these students, a specific training plan is developed to appropriately reduce courses in engineering and technology and increase courses in industrial design, such as perspective and structural drawing, comprehensive modeling fundamentals, 2D design presentation, 3D design presentation, automotive ergonomics, and color design fundamentals. The target is to educate artistic designers with engineering literacy and engineers with art literacy.


Achievements in Talent Development
      Over the recent years, most graduates from the Auto Department have the opportunity to pursue the master’s degree or doctorate study under recommendation and excused from a test; while a number of students go abroad to further study, the remaining start a career, based on a “two-way selection”, in scientific research institutes, institutions of higher learning, automotive or related businesses and governmental departments, engaged in a variety of work such as design and development, test and research, production management, scientific research, and higher education.


International Cooperation
      The Auto Department has extensive academic exchanges and scientific cooperation with many well-known domestic and foreign vehicle companies, scientific research institutions and universities, such as Volkswagen of Germany, General Motors of the U.S., Toyota of Japan, Ford, Delphi, Isuzu, Tokyo University, RWTH Aachen University and the University of Michigan.
      Based on the agreement signed by the Chinese and German Ministries of Education, we cooperate with RWTH Aachen University to launch a joint education program. About 10 excellent graduates are sent to RWTH Aachen University to pursue a master’s degree each year.


Student Activities, Scholarships and Bursaries
      As a feature of its education, the Auto Department put emphasis on building practical abilities and a sense of innovation by actively holding extracurricular scientific and technological activities. Our students have successively won the excellent award of Tsinghua student research and training program (SRT) (1st prize), the gold award and the title of excellent team in student social practice. In 1998, 2006, 2007 and 2009, the Department won the championship 4 times in Tsinghua’s “Challenge Cup” scientific and technological competition. It established Tsinghua University Student Association for Vehicle Enthusiasts, which is the first student association of auto technology in domestic universities. The first solar racing vehicle and Fanso, the first website to help college students establish a business, also came out of the Department. Our students won the grand prize many times in the National College Students Mechanical Innovation and Design Competition, the College Students Smart Car Competition and the Creative Automotive Design Competition, and won all of the industry’s highest awards when they participated in the international competitions held in Germany and North America. The Department has an outstanding performance in cultural and sports activities. Our “Car Night Carnival” student festival evening party enjoys a high reputation both on and outside campus, with classic shows coming out one after another. Freshmen won the championship 4 times in 5 years in the “12.9” Chorus, with their artistic talent widely recognized. Mentioning sports, we have had 4 champions and 3 runner-ups in the Ma Yuehan Cup meet over the last 8 years, and meanwhile showed an auto spirit on the sports ground.
      The University and the Department provide a variety of scholarships and bursaries to reward outstanding students. Over the past 5 years, 3 undergraduates of the Auto Department won the University’s special scholarship; approximately 55% undergraduates and 30% postgraduates of the Department won various scholarships. The Meng Shaonong Education Fund was set up; some automotive companies also provide scholarship funds to reward students with outstanding performance in school work, extracurricular scientific and technological activities, cultural and sports activities or social work, and provide bursary funds to help students with financial difficulties. Poor students can also obtain financial aids by applying for bursaries, work-study programs, state loans or the University’s provisional loans and hardship grants. We would never let a single hard-working and talented student drop out of school because of family financial difficulties – this is Tsinghua’s commitment.