In 2020, President Xi Jinping visited Tsinghua University and inspected its COVID-19 prevention and control related scientific research work. The University founded the Vanke School of Public Health, where all the teachers and students, unswervingly assuming the duty of education while fighting against the epidemic, made a number of achievements in scientific research, which effectively facilitated epidemic prevention and control.
In 2020, the University held the 18th seminar on scientific research work, at which measures were explored to integrate the significance of steering and Tsinghua characteristics into the innovative system serving the construction of a world-class university. At the end of the seminar,, Several Opinions on Perfecting and Developing Universities' Innovative System was issued. Before that, Tsinghua University founded a number of institutes, including the Institute for Aero Engine, the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Research Center for Big Data and the major national science, and set up technology infrastructure "cutting-edge physical experiment facilities with extremely low radiation background placed extremely deep underground.", These moves were a significant measure taken by Tsinghua University to serve China’s strategy of prioritizing innovation-led development. By the year 2019, Tsinghua University had received a total of 591 national awards for its achievements in science and technology.
By 2020, Tsinghua University’s comprehensive reforms had achieved impressive successes. It had made significant achievements in "double first-class" construction strategy, and started preparing its "14th Five-Year" plan in all aspects. The University set up Zhili, Weiyang, Tanwei, Xingjian and Rixin academies of classical learning to advance the overall talent cultivation under the pilot reform program of Enrollment for Basic Subjects.