Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) consistently ranks as a leading higher education institution on mainland China. Formal collaboration between UNC and PKU began in 2006, when the schools formed the PKU-UNC Global Health Forum. As part of the forum, symposia focusing on health care reform have been held in both Chapel Hill and Beijing. The partnership has grown to include city and regional planning and study abroad opportunities for Kenan-Flagler Business School students.
In 2011, UNC and Peking University established the UNC-PKU Consortium for Urban and Regional Planning and Management, which includes the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and the Department of City and Regional Planning in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences and the School of Urban Planning and Design at PKU. The consortium has supported cooperative research, educational exchanges, and training activities for faculty and graduate students in urban and regional planning and management and has sponsored workshops and academic conferences.