Beijing University of Technology (formerly known as Beijing Polytechnic University) was founded in 1960. It is a key university under the administration of the Beijing municipal government, which has established a multi-disciplinary academic structure. The structure offers various programs and also involves in diversified academic research in the fields of science, engineering, economics, management, liberal arts and law. It is ranked as one of the 100 key universities for the 21st century. Its mission is “relying on Beijing, merging into Beijing, inspiring China and orienting itself to the world.” In fulfilling this mission, the university has become a base for cultivating qualified high-level personnel, for scientific and technological innovation and for research and development.
Currently the university has 1,486 full-time teaching staff, including 296 Professors ,(among which 197 are supervisors for PhD candidates),770 Associate Professor or Senior Engineers, 8 academicians,3‘Chang Jiang Scholar Program’ scholar, 5 National Outstanding Contribution specialists,36 specialists enjoying Government Special Allowance, and about 21 international teachers.Currently there are 12,435 undergraduate students and 4,352 postgraduate students.
The campus of the university occupies an area of more than 80 hectares and built floor area totaling about 700,000 square meters. Centering around such areas as electronic information, bioengineering and new medicine, optical-mechanical-electronic integration, new materials, environmental protection and resources, urban construction and administration and the requirement of industries, the university has substantially adjusted and optimized its academic structure and established 16 colleges. The fields above are listed as pillar industries characterized by advanced and new technology in Beijing, hence tremendous support from local government. The university offers 43 Bachelor’s Degree programs, 81 Master’s programs, 17 Engineering Master’s Degree programs, 45 Doctor’s Degree programs, 13 postdoctoral research programs.
It has 3 State Key Disciplines – Optics,Structural Engineering and Material Sciences respectively, 14 Beijing Key disciplines, 18 disciplines receiving privileged support from Beijing municipality, 2 key labs of Ministry of Education- Key Lab of New Functional Materials and Key Lab of Enhanced Heat Transfer and Energy Conservation respectively, 3 Province-MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology) Co-Key Labs, 13 key labs or research bases of Beijing municipality. In addition, the university is home to the National Research Center of Precision and Supprecision Process Engineering, National Center of Laser Processing, Sino-German Center of Laser Technology, Engineering Research Center of Digital Community, Engineering Center of Advanced Manufacture Technology on Automobile Components, Ministry of Education.
Ahead of us, the future unfolds arduous task. Thus, we shall shoulder heavy responsibilities in years to come. Under the leadership of Beijing Municipal Government, all the faculty members and students will seize the strategic opportunity rendered by the 11th 5-year-plan, a key periodical blueprint for the country’s development and the precious opportunity of housing the badminton stadium and rhythmic gymnastics stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games on campus. We will fulfill the scientific concept of development in all frontiers of the university’s reform and expansion—in teaching, scientific research, administration, service and studies and so forth. We will spare no efforts in improving the education that we provide and turning Beijing University of Technology into a top-level university.