About DoA

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Department of Astronomy

An integration of astronomy, physics, and engineering at Tsinghua

The Department of Astronomy (DoA) was inaugurated in a ceremony at Tsinghua University on April 21, 2019. Over the next decade, we aim to become a world-class center of excellence for training the next generation of astronomers and astrophysical researchers.


The DoA builds on the Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics which was established in 2001. Our faculty members perform research in a number of key areas including high energy astrophysics, galaxy formation and cosmology, extrasolar planets, time domain astronomy, plasma astrophysics, and space astronomy. Looking ahead, the DoA will have a strong focus on developing state-of-the-art instrumentation for ground and space based facilities, taking advantage of the strong engineering tradition of Tsinghua University.


The next few years will witness an exciting time at the DoA. A major expansion will take place, aiming to recruit internationally at least 10 more faculty members by 2025. Every year we expect 10-15 graduate students will enroll in our PhD programmes, and within a few years our undergraduate programme will commence operations.


The Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics will co-exist with the DoA, and will have a special emphasis on inter-disciplinary research, drawing on the broad expertise in the Departments of Physics, and Engineering Physics.


All members of the DoA will be able to take advantage of the following resources:

  • The TNT 80cm optical telescope in the Tsinghua-NAOC Observatory located in Xinglong, and other international observing facilities through the Telescope Access Program (TAP) ;
  • Two high performance computing (HPC) facilities at the DoA;
  • The instrumentation engineering team (with particular strengths in mechanical, vacuum and electronic engineering).

DoA at a glance

8 Professors

in both physics
and other departments

23 Students

with well designed
courses and projects

5 Alumni

being leading experts
in their own areas

1 Academician

Member of the Chinese
Academy of Sciences

3 QianRen Experts

selected in the Innovative
Thousand Talent Program

3 Yangtze & JieQing

selected in the
Yangtze or JieQing programs

2 Labs

to build instruments
for future astronomy

2 computer clusters

for high performance
computing and simulation

~100 Visitors

per year from
world-wide institutes