Aiming to build Tsinghua University as a world-class university, the School of Information Science and Technology (SIST) always persists in communicating and collaborating with worldwide famous universities through international exchange student programs, joint research projects and organizing international conferences.

From 2010 to 2019, the SIST has received more than 140 delegations consisting of over 460 people from over 40 countries and regions around the world, and has established joint research institutes with Intel, Hitachi, HP and many other internationally renowned enterprises. Exchange programs with Stanford University and University of Southern California have been successfully carried out. The SIST is actively involved in the establishment of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) of Tsinghua University and Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University. Departments of the SIST actively carry out diversified and high-level international cooperation and exchanges. The international influence of information disciplines of Tsinghua University is steadily increasing.

The SIST has hosted and undertaken many large-scale and high-level international academic conferences and hundreds of academic reports. By the end of 2019, the SIST have supported 191 Lectures so far under the name “Tsinghua Information Forum”. 

In order to support the students of the SIST to go abroad to participate in high-level international academic conferences, to promote direct communication between students and top international scholars, and to understand the latest developments and trends in their research fields, in 2004, Mr. Deng Feng, an alumnus of Tsinghua, donated money to set up the fund for postgraduate students of the SIST to attend international conferences. The Fund was renamed as the "Deng Feng Fund" in 2010. During the development, the fund has successively received donations from Mr. Deng Feng, Tsinghua University, Nomura Research Institute of Japan, Wuxi Ru’an Technology Co., Ltd. and Mr. Zhao Shiqin. By the end of 2019, 1737 students have been financially supported by the fund. They have travelled to more than 40 countries and regions.

To further strengthen the training of international talents in the SIST and enhance students’ academic performance and innovation ability, the SIST has expanded the support scope of the "Deng Feng Fund" since September 2017, adding high-level international competition programs to support students of the school to participate in high-level international competitions. By the end of 2019, nine student teams attending high-level international competitions had been funded, and all the funded teams had achieved excellent results in these competitions.