A Profile of Wuhan University of Science and Technology
Located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the largest city in central China, Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST) is a key public higher learning institution claiming traditional strengths in engineering and sciences, which are integrated with contemporary popular disciplines such as medicine, economics, management, humanities, art, law, and philosophy. The University dates back to Hubei gongyi xuetang (Hubei Technical Institute) founded in 1898 by Zhang Zhidong (1837-1909), Viceroy of Huguang Province in China’s late Qing Dynasty. It began offering undergraduate degrees in 1958 upon the establishment of Wuhan Iron and Steel Institute, the University’s forerunner in the modern times. In 1995 the institution was granted university status and was renamed Wuhan Yejin (metallurgical) University of Science and Technology when Wuhan Iron and Steel Institute merged with other two local colleges under the then Ministry of Metallurgy, PRC. The University acquired its current name in 1999 following its 1998 handover from China’s Ministry of Metallurgy to the local Hubei Provincial Government for main administration. Since late 2013 WUST has come to operate under the joint aegis of Hubei Provincial Government, Ministry of Education of PRC and 5 largest mega steel enterprises in China.
WUST claims a campus area about 1.71 million square meters (422 acres), including a floor space of over 1.18 million square meters for academic and administrative use. The multi-campuses neighboring Yangtze River and Huangjiahu Lakearecommended for the ecological gardens and beautiful landscapes in Hubei Province and beyond.It also houses a range of state-of–artfacilities in due support of its academic and research activities on campus.
Drawing on its diverse and distinctive mix of disciplines inmany fields with engineering and sciences as its pillar, WUSTnow operates20 schools with 71 undergraduate, 152 master’s, 38 doctoral, and 6 post-doctorate programs. The University is in the lead over its counterparts with2distinctivediscipline clusters as well as 11 number one disciplines in Hubei Province. On top of these, its strongest disciplines are as follows:
Material Science (ranking top 1% globally in ESI list)
Engineering Science (ranking top 1% globally in ESI list)
Material Science and Engineering (national leading discipline)
Metallurgical and Mining Engineering (national leading discipline)
Mechanical Engineering (national leading discipline)
WUST is now accredited withone state key discipline (designate status) by the Central Government of China, and15provincial key disciplines (including the designated ones) by Hubei Provincial Government. It is also the seat of:
1 state key laboratory (in refractory materials and metallurgy), 1 key laboratory accredited by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, 2 key laboratories by the Ministry of Education, and 8 provincial key laboratories
1 state-local collaborative center for engineering research (in high-temperature materials and lining technology)
1 engineering technology center accredited by the Ministry of Education, and anotheraccredited by Hubei Provincial Government, together with 3 provincial engineering research centers
1 national level university-industry collaborative innovation center
2 university-industry collaborative innovation centers accredited by Hubei Provincial Government
1 new think-tankaccredited by Hubei Provincial Government
3 humanities and social sciences research bases accredited by Hubei Provincial Government.
Currently, WUST hosts a staff body of 2,600 with more than 1600 full-time faculty members. Through the talent strategies, WUST has become a magnet for a large number of renowned scientists and scholars, including 5 CAS and CAEacademicians, 1 foreign academicianof Russian Academy of Engineering, 9 professors recruited in the Thousand Talents Plan, 1 Changjiang (Yangtze River) scholar, 2National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars awardees, as well as many other eminent scholars eligible for high levels of provincial government funding. Many faculty members of WUST have been lauded by the scholarly community for their excellence in research and teaching, including 1 recipient of National Teaching Masters Award, 1 of National Model Teachers Award, 5 of National Excellent Teachers Award, 3 National Teachers’ Teams, 1 National “Huang Danian”Teachers’ Teams, 7 Provincial Teaching Masters, 3 Provincial Teacher Studios.
WUST is committed to deepening the education reform with an aim to be a leader in undergraduate and postgraduate education. The faculty in WUST have secured 58 nationalundergraduate teaching quality projects and won 4 national awards for outstanding teachingachievements. The average job placement ratefor our graduates has remained at above 94% for 5 consecutive years. WUST students excel in various competitions of sci-tech innovations and skills at home and abroad. In 2017, WUST students have earned 504 awards at the provincial level or above, including 197 national awards and 25 international awards.WUST women’s basketball teamenjoys a nationwide repute formultiple champions in CUBA, CUBS and the National College Students Sports Meet as well as the cradle of many outstanding basketball players (e.g. Miao Lijie) for the national team. WUST has been recognized as a national “Model University of Deepening Educational Reform on Innovation and Entrepreneurship” by the Ministry of Education and one of the first group of “Provincial Demonstration Bases for Public Innovation and entrepreneurship” by Hubei Provincial Government.
Being a provincially top-notch university co-sponsored by Hubei Province, Ministry of Education and some mega iron &steel groups, WUST isincluded in “National Basic Ability Construction Project of Western and Central China” and selected as a key university for the construction of world-class universities and first-class disciplinesin Hubei Province. In the recent five years, the faculty in WUST have undertaken over 350 national science and technology projects launched by:
National Program on Key Basic Research Program (973 Program)
National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program)
National Key Technology R&D Program
Natural Science Foundation of China
National Social Science Fund
Equipment Development Department of People’s Republic of China Central Military Commission
Meanwhile,the faculty have won more than 100 prizes in Social Science Achievements Awards at provincial, ministerial level and above, plus another 18 National Science and Technology Achievements Awards since 2007:
1 first prize for National Science and Technology Progress Award
12 second prizes for National Science and Technology Progress Award
5 second prizes for National Award for Technological Invention
WUST is vigorously upgrading school-industry and school-region cooperation pattern through its service for and contribution to the regional economic growth. It now has established overall cooperationwith more than 30 large enterprises including China Baowu Steel Group Corporation Limited and Evergrande Group as well as many cities in Hubei Province and beyond. The fruit of the cooperation lies in the establishment of China Baowu-WUST Carbon Material Joint Project Research Center, EvergrandeSchoolof Management and Yixing Ceramics and Refractory Research Institution. Besides, WUST owns one 3A hospital, 6 affiliated hospitals, and one community health service center. It has set up 12 industry-sponsored scholarships and student grants like XuJiayinScholarship and Sureland Innovation Award.
WUST is a forward-looking university with a global vision. It has now forgedpartnerships with more than 30 overseas universities and institutions:Electronic and Information Engineering Program in cooperation with University of Bridgeport; Mechanical Engineering Program with Deakin University; Network Engineering Program with Birmingham City University.
Over the past 100 years, WUST has cemented a high reputation for its quality education. It has produced more than 200,000 personnel working in diversified walks of life, including academicians, experts, scholars,Party and government leaders as well as giant steel companies’ CEOs and top executives, for which WUST rightfully deserves “the cradle of high profile talents for China’s metallurgical industry.” The support from our alumni saw WUST’s ranking 47th nationwide in 2018 in total alumni donations.
At a new historical starting point, WUST will fully implement the Party’s education policy, and always uphold the school’s motto “sound in morality, extensive in learning, and sincere in work”. That means WUST wouldassumeitsdue obligations on education, research, social service, as well as cultural inheritance and innovation. With these, WUST willwork hard to build up its strengthandboost its core competitiveness for the ultimate aim of building a domestic high-level teaching and research university.