In order to meet the requirements of the strategic adjustment of China’s economic structure and the urgent needs for talents in software industry, and to achieve the leapfrog development of software talents cultivation, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the State Development Planning Commission granted Peking University (PKU) and other 34 universities the permission to experiment with demonstrative school of software based on Document Jiaogao [2001] No. 6. According to the spirit of the Document, at the 451st President’s Office Meeting of PKU held on March 15, 2002, PKU decided to establish School of Software of Peking University.

Based on Document Jiaogao [2003] No.2 issued by MOE and the Ministry of Science and Technology (in approving the establishment of the National Training Base for IC Talent, Peking University), at the 531st President’s Office Meeting of PKU held on April 20, 2004, PKU decided that School of Software of PKU and the National Training Base for IC Talent, Peking University would be merged into School Of Software and Microelectronics of Peking University (SSM, PKU).

Daxing Campus, SSM PKU

On February 21, 2006, Department of Higher Education of MOE issued Document Jiaogao [2006] No.29 which approved the establishment of School of Software and Microelectronics at Wuxi (SSM, Wuxi). According to the IT industry and talent needs of Wuxi and the Yangtze River Delta region, relying on the advantages of PKU in comprehensive disciplines (especially in information discipline) and the industrial advantages enjoyed by Wuxi and the Yangtze River Delta region, Wuxi campus set its goals and primary missions in the following four aspects:

  1. To cultivate practical and interdisciplinary top talents;
  2. To carry out continuing education programs in a deeper way;
  3. To deepen practical researches in order to meet the development needs of enterprises;
  4. To promote the incubation of high-tech enterprises according to the local industry development plan.

In December 2003, in the mid-term assessment of the 35 demonstrative software schools nationwide organized by MOE, SSM was ranked NO.1 in the comprehensive evaluation. Hence, it was lauded as "The Role Model of Role Models" of all the demonstrative software schools in China. Over the years, SSM has been awarded many prizes both in and out of PKU:

  1. On November 9, 2004, First Prize of Education Achievement in Peking University;
  2. On December 9, 2004, First Prize of Education Achievement in Beijing Higher Education;
  3. In September 2005, First Prize of National Education Achievement.

What’s more, SSM successfully passed the acceptance inspection of demonstrative software schools organized by MOE in 2006, ranking NO.1 in the total 35 such software schools in China.

Wuxi Campus, SSM PKU

SSM was born in accordance with the overall planning of PKU to become a world-class university. As a new baby of PKU, SSM was established with a new mode and operating mechanism. The School is managed by the dean under the leadership of the School Council, and it explores a new management system and operating mechanism featuring the collaboration with famous universities and well-known enterprises both home and abroad in order to attract social resources and investments. SSM runs in an enterprise style, and seeks to achieve professional management and socialized logistics. Its goals are to cultivate top level, globalized talents with practical and multidisciplinary capabilities. As a part of PKU, SSM inherits its tradition of "Democracy, Science and Inclusiveness" and sticks to its learning style featuring “Diligence, Preciseness, Truth-seeking and Innovation". Our mission is to uphold innovation and entrepreneurship, and to cultivate top-quality talents in a demand-oriented way.

Founded in March, 2002, SSM marks its thirteenth anniversary this year. Today, a comprehensive talent-cultivation entity has been formed, which includes one school (School of Software and Microelectronics of Peking University), two disciplines (Software Engineering, and IC Design and Engineering), and four bases (National Training Base for International Software Talents, National Training Base for IC Design Talents, Engineering Base of National Engineering Research Center for Software Engineering and SSM at Wuxi). At present, there are 12 departments with 40 majors at SSM, focusing on the cultivation of Master of Engineering in four fields, including Software Engineering, Integrated Circuit Engineering, Project Management and Electronics and Communications. With off-job and on-the-job training systems, now, SSM has the ability to cultivate 1,000 or so Master of Engineering every year.