As one of the most time-honored colleges in Hunan University of Technology, the College of Metallurgy and Material Engineering, whose history can be traced back to 1961 when the majors of Metallurgy of Rare Metals and Powder Metallurgy were founded, has developed into one with a complete set of metallurgical majors in this comprehensive university in Hunan, central China. In 2008, the University integrated the discipline of Metallurgy (non-ferrous metallurgy and ferrous metallurgy), Materials (powder metallurgy and pressure pressing) and the Research Institute of Metallurgical Materials to establish the College of Metallurgy Engineering and hence started to take in graduate students in the same year and postgraduate students in 2013, respectively. In 2016, the College was renamed as the College of Metallurgy and Material Engineering. The College has all the advantages that a comprehensive university can provide—a wide range of excellent graduate and postgraduate programs and a variety of faculty and research disciplines to cater for the needs of any individual student. Now the College offers a leve1-1 postgraduate discipline program of “Metallurgy Engineering”—a key discipline in the University, and a level-2 postgraduate discipline program of “Metallurgy Material Engineering”. There are 4 graduate programs, namely Metallurgy Engineering, Material Engineering, Inorganic Nonmetallic Material Engineering and Science and Engineering of Powder Materials. With an array of programs provided by the Departments and Divisions, 1500 full-time graduate students and 26 postgraduate students are allowed to customize their course schedules based on individual needs and achieve their professional goals.
Since its establishment, the College has always been committed to educational management and teaching quality improvement with a focus on students’ knowledge, capabilities and ethics. Hard work has borne fruit. More 20,000 professionals and skilled craftsmen have come forth, including Liu Zhenwu, a retired general and former deputy commander of People’s Liberation Army, and Zhou Bohua, a member of the Standing Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and former Minister of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce. The College maintains a good momentum in initial employment rate exceeding 90%. Graduates are recruited and well received by national ministries and commissions, research institutes and foreign-funded and stated-owned enterprises far and wide. These socially tailored, industry oriented, professionally competent graduates have found their niche and are making their share of contribution to the modernization of the country.
The college at present has a competitive team of faculty and supporting staff with a solid theoretical understanding in Metallurgy and Material Engineering and outstanding research abilities, consisting 72 on-the-job lecturers, among which, there are 14 full professors and 17 associate professors, 3 doctoral supervisors, 12 master supervisors, 32 holding a P.hD. degree and 1entitled with special allowance of the State Council. In this well structured academic pyramid of senior experts leading a number of promising young lecturers and researchers, faculty members are noted for their exceptional lecturing competence, productive research output, and prudent studying ethics. They have won many awards and received numerous honors, including 1 lecturer listed among “New Century 121 Talents Project in Hunan” and 3 selected as “Promising Young Lecturer of Higher Education in Hunan”. The College, besides its achievements in education, also enjoys various accomplishments in academic research. The College faculty have chaired and participated in 2 “National 863 Programs”, chaired 20 academic projects funded by National Natural Science Foundation and over 30 at the provincial level, registered 25 licensed patents, published over 10 and monographs, and won 20 awards for outstanding education achievements both at provincial and municipal levels.
The college now houses 3350m22of laboratory space with lab facilities worth 26 million rmb, with a distinctive feature in metallurgy and material processing studies, encompassing functions of routine laboratory teaching, testing and analysis, scientific research and technical consultancy. These labs include physical chemistry labs, ferrous metallurgy labs, non-ferrous metallurgy labs, powder metallurgy labs, material processing labs, material property testing labs, metallic material comprehensive training labs and scientific research labs.
Moreover, the College has close ties with academic and entrepreneurial communities in and out of Hunan province. It endeavors to work with major steel and non-ferrous enterprises, hence establishing plentiful student internship bases for long term cooperation to help students with complete hands-on experience in academic learning and filed practice. As a result, the College has built 1 state-of-art metal lab featuring metal materials which is cofounded by the central and local governments, and 1 social internship base reputed as an outstanding internship base in Hunan province. Its strategic partners are worldwide, including prestigious universities, leading research institutes and enterprises. Each year, both students and lecturers benefit from many of its exchange programs, joint research projects and training programs of talents.
All these stable cooperative relationships and routinized academic exchanges are a guarantee of the College striving to become a first-rate college featured in considerable research strength, which is trying to cultivate generations of professionals under the Chinese motto “he zhong gong ji, bai lian cheng gang” rooted deeply in profound traditional Chinese wisdom and philosophy meaning that to ferry across rivers, one and his peers should work with respect and take concerted efforts; to harden and refine steel, one should heat and hammer iron ores hundreds of thousands times. In this College, lecturers and researchers, regardless different tasks at hand, are pulling in one direction to steer fresh young learners, just as iron ores, through various toughening processes, to eventually grow to be the fine steel in the building of a modernized society.