Founded in 1978, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) was the first graduate school in China with the ratification of the State Council. Backed by 117 institutes (research centers, laboratories) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which are located in 25 cities throughout China, GUCAS is headquartered in Beijing with 4 campuses (Yuquanlu, Zhongguancun, Olympic Village and Yanqihu), and 5 regional education centers in Shanghai, Chengdu, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Lanzhou.
In 2012, GUCAS was renamed UCAS (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences) with the official approval of the Ministry of Education.
UCAS graduated China's first doctoral student in science, first doctoral student in engineering, first female doctoral student and the first student with double doctoral degrees in China. On the 20th anniversary of UCAS in 1998, Chinese President Jiang Zemin wrote this inscription for the University: "Revitalizing China through science and education, and emphasizing the cultivation and nurturing of talented people." From 1981 to 2011, 90,548 graduate students earned a master’s degree or/and doctoral degree from UCAS, and almost half of them are Ph.D. awardees. Many are playing leading roles in science, education, economy and national defense in China.
UCAS offers degree programs in ten major academic fields: science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, philosophy, economics, literature, law, education and management science. The university is authorized to grant advanced degrees in 39 primary academic disciplines which include 213 master’s degree programs, and 137 doctoral degree programs. UCAS also offers professional master's degree in eight disciplines such as business administration, applied statistics, applied psychology, translation and interpreting, agricultural extension, pharmacy, engineering management and engineering.
UCAS faculty is composed of over 300 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and/or the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and over 10,559 academic supervisors. UCAS emphasizes an international perspective and open education. UCAS often invites leading international scientists and scholars to teach and give lectures or seminars. These cutting edge lectures and seminars, together with various specialized education programs designed to enhance students' knowledge in the fields of social sciences and humanities, art and aesthetics, widen students' vision and stimulate their academic thinking.
UCAS has substantial research depth in such disciplines, as mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, biology, mechanics, materials science, energy science, electronic information, automation, computer science and technology, and biological engineering. UCAS will continue to develop applied disciplines, interdisciplinary fields, and humanities and social sciences, while maintaining its core research fields.
UCAS scientists are involved in many internationally respected research projects. At various CAS institutes, there are 3 national laboratories, 88 state key laboratories, 143 CAS key laboratories and 27 R&D Centers for technology. There are state-of-the-art research facilities at these institutes. The strong research environment enables UCAS graduate students to acquire solid basic knowledge, scientific insight and creative thinking. They also develop the capacity for realistic analysis, vigorous empirical investigation, collaborative work, and a creative spirit.
UCAS offers "General Scholarships for Graduate Students", "CAS Scholarships", "CAS President Scholarships" and various other sponsored scholarships. The financial aid system of "research assistantship", "administration assistantship" and "teaching assistantship" is employed by UCAS.
At present, 38,400 graduate students are studying at UCAS, of which 49% are Ph.D. candidates. In 2011, UCAS conferred doctoral degrees to 4,832 students and master’s degrees to 3,898 students.
UCAS offers programs for international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. It also provides financial aid for these students through the "UCAS International Students Scholarship" and the "UCAS Scholarship for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan". In addition, UCAS carefully follows the development trends in international education, particularly in international science and technology. The university carries out wide exchanges and collaboration with well-known universities, research institutions, and multinational corporations in China and overseas. As a result, various bilateral exchange and cooperation relations with these institutions have been established.
UCAS values the spirit of truth seeking, enterprise, open-mindedness, practicality, ingenuity and creativity. Dedicating ourselves to exploring science and technology, we wish to make our contribution to the advancement of world civilization and to the overall development of humankind.