Professor Zhou Qifeng, at the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, graduated from the Chemistry Department of Peking University in 1970 and received his Ph.D. degree in February 1983 from the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. He then returned to Peking University, teaching in the Chemistry Department. In 1986, he became Associate Professor and, in 1990, Full Professor, serving as the Chair of the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering until November 2008. In 1995 he became Executive Vice-Dean of the Graduate School of Peking University and Vice-Provost of Peking University until 2001 when he served joint appointments as the Director of the Ministry of Education’s Graduate Student Affairs Office (then Director-General of the Division for Academic Degrees and Graduate Education), the Office of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center, the General Affairs Office of the 985 Project, as well as the Office of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Group of the 211 Project.
In 1999 he became an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2003 he was made a member of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council (a position he continues to hold), of which he was Deputy Secretary-General from June 2003 to July 2004. In 2004 he also became a Standing Committee Member and Vice-Chair of the Chemistry Division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. From 2004 to 2008 he was the President of Jilin University and, from November 2008-2013, was appointed President of Peking University. He has published a few internationally acclaimed books and over 200 papers. President Zhou has received many honors for both teaching and research. He is also a Deputy of National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China.