In 1956, founded on the basis of the electronic divisions of such well-established universities as Jiaotong University, Nanjing Institute of Technology (now named as Southeast University) and South China Institute of Technology (now named as South China University of Technology).
In 1960, ranked as one of the nation's key universities.
In 1997, included in the first group of the universities in " Project 211" (top 100 in China), a national program of promoting China's higher education.
In 2001, selected as one of the Chinese universities that obtained special financial support from both the Ministry of Education and the local provincial government ("Project 985" top 34 in China).
In 2009, ranked as the 5th in the Performance Evaluation of Universities in China carried out by MOE.
UESTC is now a multi-disciplinary university directly under the Ministry of Education, which has electronic information science and technology as its nucleus, engineering as its major field, and incorporates science, management and liberal arts.
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (formerly Chengdu Institute of Radio Engineering) is situated at Chengdu, the city of over a thousand-year-old cultural history in "the land of abundance". The university has three campuses: the old campus in Shanhe district for graduates’ study; the Jiuliti campus for network study; and the new campus in Qingshuihe. The international apartment is in Shahe campus and the fee of accommodation is from 50 to 60 RMB/Person/Day.