A Brief Introduction to Scientific Research
Over the years, WUST has been adhering to the concept of “seeking support through making contributions, striving for advantages through maintaining standards and promoting development through creating new technologies”. Centering round the strategic development of the iron-steel industry and the construction of a resource-saving and environment-friendly society, WUST is attempting to build a nationwide technological innovation system. Under the provincial leadership, and with the cooperation of many corporations, WUST makes full use of various disciplinary advantages by strengthening its connections with other regions and corporations, enhancing the cooperation between production, education, and scientific research, and has made a number of achievements, as well as great contributions, for the development of the local economy and industry. Thus WUST is honored by Hubei Province with the reputation of “Excellent Unit of Serving Hubei Economic and Social Development”.
WUST has a strong research capacity, unique advantages, especially in Iron-Steel Metallurgy, Chemical Material, Machinery, Chemicals, Controlling, and other industries. It has actively created the school-enterprise cooperative model, established full cooperation with more than twenty large enterprises and local governments, including Wuhan Iron and Steel Corp, Panzhihua Iron and Steel Corp, Chongqing Iron and Steel Corp, Lianyang Iron and Steel Corp, etc.; it has also set up more than thirty institutes, including “WISCO-WUST Iron and Steel New Technology Institute”, “International Iron and steel Institute”, “Shao Steel Corp-WUST Iron Making Institute”, “Blasting Technology Research Center”, etc.; and it has taken the initiative in establishing the strategic alliance of “Hubei Industrial Technological Innovation of Vanadium Resource Development and Utilization”.
WUST is continuing to enhance the level of its scientific research platforms, and has a national key experiment base, two key laboratories of the Ministry of Education, an engineering research center of the Ministry of Education, eight provincial key laboratories, three provincial key liberal arts bases for science and research, a provincial engineering research center, and two provincial engineering technology research centers.
Since 2007 WUST has won fourteen national scientific awards for six years in a row (One First Prize and 11 Second Prizes among the National Science and Technology Progress Awards, two Second Prizes among the National Invention Awards). It has also received more than ninety provincial and higher scientific (liberal arts) awards. WUST has taken and held 223 national projects, such as “Project 973”, “Project 863”, National Science and Technology Supporting Project, National Natural Science Fund, etc., 776 Ministry or Provincial Key Projects, and more than 1500 Enterprise-Commissioned Projects. WUST has also published 1755 articles in SCI, EI and CPCI-S journals, applied for 793 patents (548 invention patents, 125 utility patents, 84 design patents and 36 software copyrights), and registered 550 patents (299 invention patents, 109 utility patents, 103 design patents and 39 software copyrights). WUST has completed 92 identifications of science and technological achievements, of which over 90% have reached the advanced international and domestic levels.
With the continuous enhancement of comprehensive strength, especially its scientific research level and scientific creative power, WUST will broaden the cooperative fields of production, education, and scientific research. WUST’s high-tech enterprises and scientific-technological cooperation are an indispensable part of its social service functions, and are bound to contribute to the creation of a domestic high-level university, as well as to local and national economic development.