Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology is one of the universities with undergraduate program under the Hebei Provincial Government. Established in 1941, Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology started the undergraduates program in 1977. In 1999, HNUST was authorized by China Ministry of Education as one of the first key bases for training teachers of vocational education. In 2003, it was renamed as Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology and was authorized to grant the Master Degrees. The University recruits students from 25 provinces and municipalities directly under the Central Government of China and now there are more than 24,000 full-time students.
Now HNUST consists of Qinhuangdao Campus, Changli Campus, E &A College and Campus at the Developing Zone, and is well equipped with modern and top teaching facilities---with 300 acres,570,000㎡ teaching building, teaching and research instruments and equipments worth of RMB140,000,000 and 1,400,000 books in the library. Now there are more than 1,200 full-time teachers, among whom 505 are professors, 710 with doctor degrees and master degrees. Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology Transactions for Natural Science and Social Science are issued both at home and abroad.
There are 16 colleges and 3 departments. And 49 undergraduate specialties are run in the university, covering disciplines of Agriculture, Engineering, Arts, Science, Law, Economy, Management and Education and four disciplines are authorized to grant master degrees. It is equipped with 1Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center for High Education in Hebei Province, 1 provincial lab, 19 institutes, 45 labs and 1 Analytic and Testing Center and 121 teaching practice bases. In addition, China Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Social Security has subsequently set up Rural Vocational Training Center and National Vocational Capability Appraisal Center.
The University lays emphasis on promoting research and reformation, which has made tremendous progress. Since the 11th five-year National Developing Program , the University has undertaken 779 projects funded by national and provincial funds, 499 for scientific study and 280 for social study, and won 112 awards for scientific research , a national award for teaching , 11 awards for teaching from Hebei Province and 55 for scientific study. 4,200 papers have been published, 98 of which indexed in SSCI and A&HCI; and 230 books are published.
Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology adheres to integrating production, education and research to facilitate the practical transformation of scientific research fruits and to fully display the advantages of agricultural specialty. Since the 11th five-year National Developing Program, the University has successfully breed 29 new species with our own property rights, and won 11 provincial awards for scientific progress. One of them is YanLong, a new species of Chinese chestnut and a new tomato have been funded by national funding for production transformation.
The university is located in Qinhuangdao city, which lies between the Bohai Sea on the south and Mt. Yanshan on the north, neighboring Liaoning province on the east, only two hours travel to Beijing by train. As a livable coastal city, Qinhuangdao has a superb climate. It is known as the combination of the starting point of Great Wall and Beidaihe, the Summer Capital of China.