Located in Beijing, UCAS (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences) is a university established with the approval of Ministry of Education of PRC, focusing on graduate education. Its predecessor was GUCAS (the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences), the first graduate school in China. It boasts many firsts in new China: the first doctorate in science, the first doctorate in engineering, the first female student awarded a doctoral degree, and the first research student awarded double doctoral degrees in China all graduating from this university.
In June 2012, GUCAS was renamed UCAS. It started enrolling undergraduate students for the first time, and its mission is to cultivate innovative leading talents in science and technology for the future of the nation. Now there are 664 registered undergraduate students studying in this university.
Being the largest graduate education institution, UCAS' main task has long been graduate education. Up to December 2015, the number of postgraduate students is 44,500, including 22,300 doctoral students, 22,200 master students, and 1063 international students including 749 doctoral students, ranking first in China.
Comprising 114 institutes, CAS is China's highest academic institution in natural sciences, the highest consultant institution in science and technology, research and development center of natural science and high technology, and the most important training base for advanced scientific talents.
With 777 Full and Emeritus Members and 82 Foreign Members, CAS gathers the finest scientists in China. Up to September 2015, CAS has 24,309 professional researchers (including 59 Full and Emeritus Members of CAE), with 671 working at international organizations (international unions, societies and associations). These researchers are from various research fields: mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, biology, mechanics, material, energy, electronics and communication, automation, and computer science. In recent years, CAS has been strengthening the construction of applied disciplines, interdisciplinary subjects, humanities and social sciences.
Based on CAS' extensive international scientific cooperations, UCAS has established close ties and partnerships with Columbia University, University of California, Santa Barbara, école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Australian National University, the Max Planck Society in Germany, the National Center for Scientific Research in France, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and many other world-renowned universities. It has jointly established the Sino-Danish College in China with the Danish Ministry of Science and Education and eight Danish public universities.
UCAS website: english.ucas.ac.cn