Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) is located in Wuhan, the largest city in Central China and a famous Chinese “River City”. The university has three main campuses, namely, the Mafangshan Campus, the Yujiatou Campus and the South Lake new Campus, with a total occupying land area of 267 hectares.
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; its Material Science and Engineering entered the “State 985 Project” for world excellent disciplines. WUT ranked 58 according to Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings 2013 Top 100.
Currently, WUT has about 5,500 staff members, including 675 professors, over 1290 associate professors, 2 academicians of China Academy of Engineering and 1 member of the Royal Academy of Belgium. Besides, the University has held open global recruitment of 7 foreign famous professors to be its “Strategic Scientists” in the area of Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering. The University owns 23 academic schools, 8 state key disciplines, 74 Doctoral programs, 188 Master's programs as well as 87 Bachelor's programs. Besides, over 36,700 undergraduates, 16000 postgraduates (including Master and PhD students), and about 800 international students are studying at WUT.
WUT possesses 23 innovative research centers with international leading level including two State Key Laboratories, one State Engineering Laboratory and ministerial or provincial level laboratories in the areas of new materials, new energy, transportation and logistics, mechatronics and automobile, information technology as well as resources and environmental technology. In recent 5 years, WUT has obtained nearly 3 billion Yuan of funding from government and industrial sectors for high-tech research and development, and won 10 national awards for outstanding scientific research achievements and inventions in recent 3 years, for which WUT ranked the 9th in 2010, the 8th in 2011 and the 13th in 2012 among all the Chinese higher educational institutions. Meanwhile, the University has established its Science Park in China Optical Valley in Wuhan, covering an area of 58.7 hectares, where it has incubated and fostered more than 6 high-tech enterprises based on new materials, fiber optical sensors, high-speed shipping, new energy technology and advanced manufacturing. In 2012, the total revenue of the Science Park reached 2 billion Yuan.
WUT has formed three important Boards of Directors with the industrial sectors of building materials and construction industry, transportation industry and automobile industry, totally covering 202 large backbone enterprises. The Boards of Directors hold annual meetings regularly to discuss the important issues concerning the mutual development between the university and the three industrial sectors. Meanwhile, WUT has established cooperative relations for students exchange and scientific research with more than 100 foreign universities and research institutions from USA, UK, Japan, France, Australia, Russia and the Netherlands, etc. and invited over 260 international famous scholars to be guest professors or honorary professors.
In 2006, 2007 and in 2012, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and the Ministry of Education jointly authorized WUT to establishthe Base of Foreign Outstanding Expertise-Introduction for Disciplines Innovation in China Leading Universities in Advanced Materials Technology and the Base in High Speed Ship Technology. In 2008, the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing at WUT was nominated as the “State International Joint Research Center” by the Ministry of Science and Technology. In 2009, WUT established the “WUT-Harvard Joint Nano Key Laboratory” with Harvard University, Dr. Charles M. Lieber, Fellow of American Academy of Science and Professor of Harvard University was appointed as the Director of the joint laboratory;in 2010, established the “Joint Laboratory of advanced Optoelectronic Materials and Devices” with the University of Strathclyde; in 2011, established the “WUT- UM Joint New Energy Material and Conversion Technology Key Laboratory” with the University of Michigan, and the Thermoelectric Materials Research Team of WUT Entered China-US Clean Energy Joint Research Centre; and in 2012, established the “WUT-UoS High Performance Ship Technology Joint Center ” with the University of Southampton.
Inheriting the history and culture of the former three universities, WUT insists on the guiding principle of “take the students cultivation as our essence, and take academic development as our priority”, while with the practice of over 60 years in student’s education, WUT has forged the spirit of the university as “Sound in Morality, Broad in Learning and Pursuing Excellence”. It has become the lofty ideal and core value of WUT to build an excellent university that provides an excellent education to lead our students to a fulfilled life with wisdom and responsibility, winning worldwide recognition and admiration.
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