The undergraduates of the
Department of Hydraulic Engineering are enrolled with the major of “Hydraulic
and Hydropower Engineering”, who are cultivated with a wide range of
disciplines after enrollment. In recent years, about 90 students are enrolled
every year, who are trained to stay harmoniously with the nature, devote to the
sustainability of China’s water resources, and equip with comprehensive
knowledge and ability in water resources, water environment, water disasters,
water management, water economy and water engineering. The curricula include
Natural Science, Engineering Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and other
basic courses, as well as professional courses like Water Resource Engineering,
Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering, Base and Underground Engineering, Port
and Waterway Engineering to implement overall undergraduate and graduate
In 2016, “Hydraulic
Engineering” was adjustedas “Water Sciences and
The course Hydraulics was openedin 1934 when the
Hydraulics Lab was built. Tsinghua University was one of those first
universities offering the course and carrying out the experiment of hydraulics
in China. Famous scholars, such as Zhang Ren, Xia Zhenhuan, Li Piji, Yu
Changzhao, and Dong Zengnan, etc., made important contributions to the
construction of this curriculum. At present, Hydraulics is a compulsory
professional basic course for majors like hydraulic, civil engineering,
architecture, environment, and engineering physics. Every year, more than 500
undergraduates learn Hydraulics.
* Hydraulics was assessed as the first batch of
the primary courses of Tsinghua University in 1986;
* Hydraulics was assessed as the Excellent
Course of Tsinghua University in 2002
* Hydraulics was assessed as the Excellent
Course of Beijing and national Excellent Course in 2005;
Established at the end of
1940s, Soil Mechanics has a more perfect curriculum system after
elaborate compilation by Academician Huang Wenxi, the founder of soil mechanics
and geotechnical engineering of China, and Professor Chen Zhongyi, the master
of soil mechanics. Soil Mechanics is a professional basic course for hydraulic,
civil engineering, architecture and other majors, which plays a leading role
among peers in China with more extensive influence.
* Soil Mechanics was assessed as the primary
course of Tsinghua University in 1991;
* Soil Mechanics was assessed as the Excellent
Course of Beijing in 2004;
* Soil Mechanics was assessed as the National
Excellent Course in 2006.
Hydraulic Structure, established in 1952, has Academician Zhang Guangdou
as the first main lecturer. Hydraulic Structure
involves extensive contents like hydrology, meteorology, water resources,
geology, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, materials, engineering and
management, which is a backbone professional course for undergraduates of
hydraulic engineering to learn basic knowledge and train basic skills for
hydraulic and hydropower engineering. Therefore, it has always received considerableattention.
* Hydraulic Structurewas assessed as the Excellent Course of
Tsinghua University in 2002;
* Hydraulic Structurewas assessed as the National
Excellent Course in 2007.
《Principle and Application
Application of Hydrology, erly known as
Engineering Hydrology, was established in 1938. Professor Huang Wanli was a
lecturer of Engineering Hydrology, who compiled the textbook Engineering
Hydrology. Later, Professor Liao Song and Professor Wang Tansheng made
important contributions to system construction and textbook compilation for
this course. Principle and Application of Hydrology is a professional
basic course established for undergraduates of this department, which has
attached importance to the combination of science and engineering, classical theories
and frontier. It is now of broad influence.
* Principle and Application of Hydrology was assessed as the Excellent
Course of Tsinghua University in 2008
* Principle and Application of Hydrology
assessed as the
Excellent Course of Beijing and National Excellent
Course in 2009.
The Department of Hydraulic
Engineering has always attached importance to international vision of talents.
In recent years, an international talent cultivation system has been ed
gradually, including intensive foreign language training in the first year,
overseas exchangesin the second and third year at both departmental and
university levels, campus lab in summer vacation, UIUC 3+2 program, and pering
overseas undergraduate projectsin the fourth year.
As for overseas exchanges, there are already 40 undergraduates who attended
overseas exchangesin recent five years and 10 seniors who finished their undergraduateprojects
in Hong Kong.
Since 2015, the Department of Hydraulic Engineering at Tsinghua University
has carried out the 3+2 program with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(UIUC). Every year, five outstanding juniors are chosen to study in the Department
of Civil and Environment Engineering of UIUC for two years. After completing
the courses, they will obtaina bachelor degree from
Tsinghua University and a master degree from UIUC.