Overview of College ofGraduate Education
With a history of more than 50 years, Hunan University of Technology, or HUT, characterized by engineering, is a comprehensive university with multidisciplinary subjects such as engineering, science, management, literature, economics, law, and arts. HUT is located in Zhuzhou city, Hunan Province, which is a new industrial town and railway transportation hub in the south, a national health city, and a national model city for traffic management. In 2007, the city was approved as a comprehensive reform pilot area for the construction of a “two-type society”. The university is adjacent to Zhuzhou Shennong City Ecological Landscape Park on the east and Zhuzhou West HSR Station on the west. The campus enjoys an elegant environment, advanced facilities and convenient transportation.
In 1995, as one of the first experimental colleges, the university passed the undergraduate teaching evaluation e conducted by the former State Education Commission. In 2003,it obtained the authority to grant master's degrees. In 2008, it was classified by the Ministry of Education as an outstanding university for undergraduate teaching. In 2009, the university became qualified for foreign student recruitment. In 2010, it passed the quality assessment of graduate training process with distinction. In 2013, it became one of the 50 universities in the country with typical experience in employment. In the same year, the university became qualified for the doctoral training for special needs of the country, and started enrolling doctoral students in 2014.
With 2 campuses covering an area of 3,388 mu, HUT consists of 22 teaching colleges (departments) and 1 independent college. HUT offers 1 primary discipline doctoral program, namely, Materials Science and Engineering; 12 primary discipline master’s programs , covering56 secondary discipline master's programs and 14 professional master's degree programs; and 68 undergraduate programs, including 4 national-level specialty programs, 12 provincial specialty programs, and 8 provincial-level key programs. There are 3 national-level quality courses, 19 provincial-level quality courses, 1 national-level teaching team, 4 provincial-level teaching teams, 1 national experimental teaching demonstration center, and 6 provincial basic course demonstration laboratory practice teaching demonstration center. There are currently 30,728 full-time students in HUT, of whom 1,382 are graduate students.
The university currently has 1,874 full-time teachers. Among them, are 371 doctors, 289 professors, 651 associate professors, 19 doctoral supervisors, 410 master supervisors, 8 enjoying special government allowances from the State Council, 1selected for the national “Talents Project” and 2 selected as “ New Century Outstanding Talents” by the Ministry of Education. There are 4 national outstanding teachers, 78 famous teachers, excellent teachers, outstanding young backbone teachers in Hunan province, 20 talents of “121 Talents Project” and “100-talent Project” in Hunan Province,10 provincial academic leaders ,and 3 winners of “Outstanding Youth Fund” in Hunan. In addition, 6 academicians have been recruited from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
At present, HUT has 5 key disciplines of Hunan Province including biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering; 8 provincial key laboratories including “Green Packaging and Bio-Nanotechnology Applications” and “Advanced Packaging Materials and Technology”; 3 “ 2011 Collaborative Innovation Centers” of colleges and universities in Hunan, such as “Advanced Packaging Materials and Technology”, “Key Technology for Building Energy Conservation and Environmental Control”, and “Automatic Technology and Equipment for Rail Transit”; 13 provincial and ministerial research bases (technical centers, engineering centers, innovation teams, demonstration bases for industry-university cooperation) including “Hunan new energy saving materials for building energy saving wall”, and “Complex Electrical System Measurement and Control Technology and Application”; and 15 characteristic dominant subject laboratories jointly built by central and local governments．The postdoctoral research rover station “Polymer Packaging Materials and Technology Engineering Laboratory” and the academician workstation “Intelligent Perception and Information Processing” were established. In addition, the university and high-tech enterprises such as CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co., Ltd. have jointly established 9 “Graduate Training Innovation Base of Colleges and Universities in Hunan” and “Demonstration Bases for Industry-University of Colleges and Universities in Hunan”, providing a broad platform of scientific and technological innovation for the cultivation of high-quality graduate students.
HUT attaches great importance to foreign exchanges and cooperation. Currently, it has established extensive research cooperation and academic exchange relations with famous universities at home and abroad, including Michigan State University, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Universite de Reims, Yonsei University, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Besides, the University and other domestic universities jointly cultivate doctoral students, such as Southeast University and Central South University.