In 1995, three higher institutes, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Electrical Engineering and Harbin Higher Industrial Vocational College, combined into the present Harbin University of Science and Technology (HUST). Founded in the 1950s, the three all once belonged to the former Ministry of Machinery. In 1998, HUST was transferred to the administration of Heilongjiang Province. In 2008, HUST became one of the 10 key universities of the province. After 60 years of development, this university has become a teaching-research university with distinctive styles and comprehensive strengths, focusing on specialties of engineering and a combination of engineering and science, with coordinated development of the following disciplines: economics, management, philosophy, literature, laws and education. In 2003, HUST was awarded by the Ministry of Education as an excellent university in undergraduate teaching evaluation. In 2011, it received the title of role model of graduates’ employment by the Ministry of Education and in 2015 it became a university jointly constructed by the province and the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).
HUST boasts four campuses, among which the East, West and South campus are in Harbin and the Rongcheng campus is in Rongcheng, Shandong Province, covering 2,100,000 m2, with a total infrastructure area of 950,000 m2. Its library has a collection of 2.48 million books, 6,110 GB e-books, 150,000 Chinese and foreign journals and periodicals, and 31 literature databases. The total number of teaching staff is 2,960, of whom 1,690 are full-time faculty and 1,400 are associate professors or professors, one academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the total number of students has reached 34,000, along with more than 100 international students.
HUST has 20 colleges, one teaching department and one training center, offering 59 bachelor degree programs and nine junior college programs, eight of which are national first-rank characteristic disciplines, three national “Outstanding Engineer Cultivation” pilot specialties; one national bachelor reform pilot specialty, 19 provincial key specialties, six provincial bachelor reform specialties, two provincial “Outstanding Engineer Cultivation” pilot specialties, six provincial bachelor degree reform pilot specialties, two provincial “Outstanding Engineer Cultivation” pilot specialties; six doctorate authorization first-rate disciplines, 21 doctorate authorization second-rate disciplines; 21 master degree authorization first-rate disciplines; 89 master degree authorization second-rate disciplines; five professional master degree authorization disciplines and 19 engineering master degree authorization specialties; seven post-doctoral research stations in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Instrument Science and Technology, Material Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, Business Administration and Computer Science and Technology. High Voltage and Insulation Technology is a state-rate key discipline. There are 10 provincial first-rate key disciplines. HUST also has a Key Lab of the Ministry of Education and an Engineering Research Center of the Ministry of Education, 11 provincial key laboratories (engineering centers), among which the Dielectric Material Engineering Provincial Key Laboratory was rated by the Ministry of Science and Technology as a state-province jointly constructed key pilot laboratory cultivation foundation,High Efficient Cutting and Cutting Tool Technology Engineering Laboratory was rated by the National Development and Reform Commission asa state-province joint engineering laboratory, theAdvanced Electrical Equipment Manufacturing and Intelligent Operation Collaborative Innovation Center was rated as one of the first provincial “Collaborative Innovation Centers of 2011”; six provincial college key labs, four provincial college-enterprise cooperation engineering research center and one Architecture Design Institute with class-A aptitude; one national university science park, two national experimental teaching demonstration centers, six national engineering practice centers, two national off-campus practice bases, one national high-quality resource-sharing course, two national high-quality video courses.
Since the 12th Five-Year Plan, HUST has undertaken 171 state projects, including “973 Programs”, “863 Programs” and State Natural Science Foundation projects, 283 provincial projects and 1,130 enterprise-commissioned projects. For the technological achievements, HUST has won 137 awards, among which 81 were of provincial level. The teaching and research staff have published more than 4,600 academic papers, 3,200 of which have been collected into the three major retrieval systems. In teaching research, HUST has won nine first-rate and 17 second-rate provincial teaching achievement awards, five first-rate, 15 second-rate, and 12 third-rate provincial teaching and research achievement awards, undertaking 166 provincial teaching and research programs. 4,114 students have taken part in various competitions: inernational level, 73; national level, 1,065, and provincial level, 2976, undertaking 102 national students’ innovative programs, 78 provincial students’ innovative programs.
HUST publishes four journals: Electric Machines and Control,Journal of Harbin University of Science and Technology,Science-Technology and Management, and Research of Ideological and Political Education, among whichElectric Machines and Controlis collected into EI Compendex (core) database, a state key journal, a CSCD cited journal, and an excellent sci-tech journal in China. TheJournal of Harbin University of Science and Technologyis a state key academic journal, one of the “China Excellent Sci-tech Journals”.Science-Technology and Managementis a RCCSE core academic journal, a China college sci-tech academic journal with characteristics(2011-2012).Research of Ideological and Political Educationis a CSSCI journal (2014-2015), a China humanities core journal, an RCCSE authoritative academic journal, and one of the “100 Excellent College Hunaities Journals”.
With the guideline of coordinating internal and external resources, HUST actively promotes international cooperation and academic exchanges. So far it has established a long-term cooperation with more than 50 universities or research institutes in more than 20 countries in Europe, America and the Asian-Pacific region, actively engaged in students’ joint cultivating and training, teachers’ academic changes and cooperation and sci-tech research, and upgrading the university’s school-running ability and comprehensive strengths.
With more than 60 years of development, HUST has cultivated tens of thousands of talents for manufacturing industry, and many graduates have become backbones in technical field or leaders in large or medium enterprises. The university is renowned as the “Cradle of Engineers”, the “West Point” in the wire and cable industry. Facing the future, HUST will “stabilize school size, improve school-running capability, highlight school characteristics, and consolidate the basis for a high-level teaching-research university” so that it will be recognized and accepted by the society and in which teachers, students, and alumni will take pride.