With a history of over 50 years, Hubei University of Technology (HBUT) is a provincial multi-discipline university, specializing in engineering. In 1984, Hubei Polytechnic University (the former name of Hubei University of Technology) was founded ---- as a result of the merge of the former Hubei Institute of Light Industry with the former Hubei Academy of Agricultural Machinery. HBUT, a key university which was founded and enjoys special attention from the Hubei Provincial Government, is recognized as “a leading and exemplary university in the Hubei Higher Education System”. In 1986, HBUT was authorized to grant Master’s Degrees. In 1998, HBUT successfully passed the undergraduate education appraisal conducted by the Ministry of Education, and in 2006 was assessed as “Level A” in the undergraduate teaching evaluation.
HBUT is now comprised of 14 schools (departments), offering 49 undergraduate programs, which cover different fields such as engineering, science, management, economics, and the liberal arts. Currently HBUT has an enrollment of over 18,000 full-time undergraduates and 1,350 full-time postgraduates. The university has 2,300 faculty members, of whom 1,100 are full-time tutors, with more than 170 full-time professors and 405 doctoral and master supervisors, 33 of whom are nominated on the name list of “National Elites Project”, “National Outstanding Elite Support Project”, “Hubei Provincial 111 Elite Project”, “Hubei Provincial New-Century High-level Elite Project”, and “Transcendent Discipline Leaders and Academic Backbones in Hubei”. A group of academics have been recruited from reputable overseas universities, and more than 100 influential scholars from world-renowned universities have been employed as part-time professors, who have formed over 10 provincial scientific and technological innovation teams as well as teaching teams.
HBUT upholds the principle of “build on quality, develop with elites, thrive on features, pursuant to law”, adhering to the aim of “bringing light industry into play, serving the regional economy, cultivating practical talents, and schooling with outstanding characteristics”. It strives to build on and nurture students’ natural abilities as well as help students to acquire knowledge and new skills, enabling them to reach their full potential. HBUT has 4 national characteristic majors, 12 key provincial disciplines, 2 provincial superior disciplines, 3 provincial characteristic disciplines, 8 provincial brand majors, 18 provincial quality courses, 19 posts for specially appointed professors of “ChuTian Scholar Plan”, and 8 disciplines in “characteristic and superior scientific research areas” among provincial colleges and universities. As a pilot project of the CDIO Engineering Education Mode launched by the Ministry of Education, HBUT has been aiming at training advanced competent professionals and endeavoring to adapt to the demand induced by economic growth and social progress. HBUT has been deepening the reform of outdated education style, discovering and designing scientific curriculums offering general knowledge and specialized skills, which are intended for training students to be both qualified in general and professional in specialized fields. HBUT graduates are remarkable for being practical, hardworking, loyal, promising and quick in learning, and therefore, they have been enjoying popularity among employers in the job market. In the past 10 years, HBUT has maintained an employment rate level of over 90%.
HBUT is one of the first provincial universities to be able to grant full-time Master’s Degrees in 18 general programs, 75 specialized programs and part-time Master’s Degrees in 12 engineering programs as well as postgraduate diplomas in 5 related programs. “HBUT Open, Long-span Light Industrial Clean Production Research Centre” is the only provincial university research centre to be awarded by the Ministry of Education the title of “Graduate Innovation Centre”. Since 1993, HBUT has been working in conjunction with Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University of Technology and Northeast University in training their PhD Students. In 2006, HBUT received the authorization from the provincial government to prepare to offer 5 PhD programs in the future.
Focusing on combining learning and research with manufacturing, the university has undertaken a large number of scientific projects at national and provincial levels, including “973”, “863”, and the key specialized sub-projects supported by the National Scientific Plan as well as the Ministry of Science and Technology, and has attained a number of high-level research achievements, which have made great contributions to local economy and social progress. China Mechanical Engineering, one of the university’s journals, is one of the top core Chinese journals in Mechanics, and has won the “National Journal Award” 3 times in a row, and the “100 Outstanding Chinese Academic Journals Award” 7 times in a row. HBUT has more than 40 teaching and research bases at national and provincial levels, such as the Key Laboratory of Fermentation Engineering recognized by the Ministry of Education, the Technical Service Platform for China’s Medium-sized and Small Electro-mechanical Enterprises, the Key Provincial Laboratory of Modern Manufacturing Quality Engineering, and the Key Laboratory of Vehicle NVH Technology Research Center.
HBUT actively participates in international academic exchanges and has established a wide range of close collaboration with a number of high-level universities from America, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Britain, Czech Republic, Finland, New Zealand, and Russia. The university currently has many undergraduate and postgraduate international cooperative programs for as well as a variety of short-term student exchange programs. A number of prestigious scholars have come to visit HBUT and delivered lectures.
HBUT has a total area of 280 acres and a floorage of 840,000 square meters. It offers first-class teaching, exercise and logistic service facilities, abundant library resources, and a complete range of basic and specialized laboratories. Among college and university libraries in Hubei Province, HBUT library has reached an excellent standard, and possesses a fast web-based information platform. The campus network enjoys 10,000M core routing switches and 1,000M desktop switches. The university’s network management system and application service system are fully competent.
HBUT has been successively awarded the honorary titles of “Reputed Higher Educational Institution in Hubei”, “Most Civilized Unit in Hubei Province”, “Model Unit Serving Hubei Province with Science and Technology”, “Advanced Institution of High Employment Rate”, and “A National Model of High Employment Rate” .