This week, Tsinghua University, one of China’s foremost institutions of higher education, celebrates its centennial. Founded in 1911 in deep national humiliation, Tsinghua University was initially funded by the infamous Boxer Rebellion Indemnity Scholarship, which was essentially war reparations China paid to the United States.
Since then, Tsinghua has epitomized the Chinese experience of modernization. Its destiny has been inextricably linked to that of the Chinese nation. Many Chinese leaders, intellectuals and even revolutionaries began their quest for national redemption from these tree-lined grounds near the ruins of the Old Summer Palace, burned to the ground in 1860 by British and French troops during the Second Opium War.… Seguir leyendo »