Wuhan University of Technology (hereafter referred to as WUT) was merged on May 27th 2000, from the former Wuhan University of Technology (established in 1948), Wuhan Transportation University (established in 1946) and Wuhan Automotive Polytechnic University (established in 1958). WUT is one of the leading Chinese universities under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education and one of the universities constructed in priority by the “State 211 Project” for Chinese higher education institutions. WUT is also jointly constructed by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Transport, the State Oceanic Administration and the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. In the past 60 years, WUT has fostered over 400,000 engineers and technicians, maintaining itself the largest scale university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education for nurturing talents oriented in the three industrial sectors: building materials industry, transportation industry and automobile industry and retaining itself an important base of nurturing high-level talents for the three industrial sectors as well as providing significant scientific and technological achievements.
With the practice of long-term student’s education, WUT has formed educational ideology system with distinctive characteristics: focusing on the lofty ideal of building an excellent university to win a worldwide recognition and admiration, the University has forged the spirit of “Sound in Morality, Broad in Learning and Pursuing Excellence”, promoted the guiding principle of “take the students cultivation as their essence, and take academic development as their priority”, and exercised the educational concept of “implementing excellent education, nurturing excellent talents and creating an excellent life”. WUT is committed to building an excellent university that provides an excellent education to lead their students to a fulfilled life with excellent pursuit and excellent capability.
The University has three main campuses, namely, the Mafangshan Campus, the Yujiatou Campus and the South Lake Campus, with a total occupying land area of 267 hectares. Currently, WUT has 5,493 staff members, including 3,201 full-time academic staff members, 2 academicians of China Academy of Engineering, 1 fellow of the Royal Academy of Belgium and 1 fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Besides, the University has held public global recruitment of 23 world-renowned professors to be its “Strategic Scientists” in the area of Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering. WUT owns a great number of academic staff members listed in national high-level talents programs, with 21 of them listed in “the Recruitment Program of Global Experts”(known as “the Thousand Talents Plan”), 5 listed in “Ten Thousand Talents Program”, 14 listed in “Cheung Kong Scholars Program”, 7 listed in “The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars”, 3 listed in “National Renowned Teachers” and 11 listed in “the New Century National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project”.
The University owns 24 academic schools, 4 State Key Laboratories, 8 State key Disciplines, 77 Doctoral programs, 226 Master's programs as well as 89 Bachelor's programs. The University has 50,452 students, including 36,754 undergraduates, 12,471 postgraduates (Master and PhD students), and 1,227 international students. Besides, Material Science, Engineering Science, Chemistry and Physics rank the top 1% in ESI (Essential Science Indicators) global discipline ranking list.
WUT owns 30 innovative research centers with international leading level including two State Key Laboratories, one State Engineering Laboratory, one National Engineering Research Center and ministerial or provincial level laboratories in the areas of new materials and building materials, transportation and logistics, mechatronics and automobile, information technology, new energy, resources and environmental technology as well as Public Safety and Emergency Management. Meanwhile, the University has established 199 Joint Research Centers with local governments and enterprises. From 2010, WUT has obtained 14 National Science and Technology Awards, ranking in the forefront of Chinese higher education institutions.
WUT has established cooperative relations for students exchange and scientific research with more than 190 foreign universities and research institutions from USA, UK, Japan, France, Australia, Russia and the Netherlands, etc. and invited over 300 international famous scholars to be strategic scientist, guest professors or honorary professors. From 2007, WUT was authorized to establish 4 Bases of Foreign Outstanding Expertise-Introduction for Disciplines Innovation in China Leading Universities in Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Advanced Technology for High Performance Ship, Advanced Technology for Functional Film Materials Fabrication and Its Application in Engineering and Key Technology for New Energy Vehicles as well, the International Joint Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, the Base of International Science and Technology Cooperation in Environmental-friendly Building Materials and the base of International Science and Technology Cooperation on Smart Shipping and Maritime Safety were established. From 2009, WUT has established 14 International Joint Research Centers with internationally renowned institutions from USA, UK, Italy and the Netherlands, including the “WUT-Harvard Joint Nano Key Laboratory” with Harvard University, the “WUT- UM Joint New Energy Material and Conversion Technology Key Laboratory” with the University of Michigan, the “WUT-UoS High Performance Ship Technology Joint Center” with the University of Southampton and the “Joint Research Center for Intelligent Ship and Traffic” with Delft University of Technology.
The University is among the Top 100 in Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings from 2013 to 2015 as well as the Top 400 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings from 2013 to 2014. In 2016, the University comes to the Top 200 in Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, the Top 980 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Top 350 in QS Asia University Rankings, the top 750 in U.S.News World University Rankings and the top 500 in ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities.
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