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Located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the largest city in central China, Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST) is a local high-level university jointly established by the People's Government of Hubei Province and the Ministry of Education of PRC. It is also co-established by the People's Government of Hubei Province. It has been accredited as the key university to launch the national Double First-Class Initiative of Hubei Province. It has been nominated by the Ministry of Education of PRC as a National Exemplary University for Reform in Undergraduate Training for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Base for Transformation of Scientific and Technological Achievements and Technology Transfer as well as an Innovation Talent Training Demonstration Base by the Ministry of Science and Technology. It is also designated as a Pilot University for Intellectual Property by the National Intellectual Property Administration and a Double Innovation Demonstration Base and Exemplary Base for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Hubei Province.

WUST dates back to Hubeigongyi Xuetang (Hubei Technical School) founded in 1898 by Zhang Zhidong (1837-1909), then Governor-General of the Hu-Guang Regions in China’s late Qing Dynasty. It began offering undergraduate degrees in 1958 upon the establishment of Wuhan Iron and Steel Institute, its forerunner in the modern times. In 1978 and 1998, it was authorized by China’s State Council to confer its first master’s and doctoral degrees, respectively. In 1995 the institution was granted university status and renamed Wuhan Yejin (metallurgical) University of Science and Technology when Wuhan Iron and Steel Institute merged with two other colleges also based in Wuhan and existing under the then Ministry of Metallurgy of PRC. The university acquired its current name—Wuhan University of Science and Technology—in 1999 following its handover from China’s Ministry of Metallurgy to the local Hubei People’s Provincial Government for administration. Over the past hundred years, WUST has cultivated more than 250,000 specialists of all kinds for the country and society. A large number of outstanding alumni have grown into academicians, experts and scholars, party and government leaders, and heads of large iron and steel enterprises. WUST is thus known as a "cradle of high-profile talents for China’s metallurgical industry”.

WUST has three campuses distributed throughout Wuhan, including two in the vicinity of the Yangtze River and a lake, which has earned itself a reputation as an ecological garden-like school in Hubei Province and national model unit for afforestation. WUST’s campuses cover an area of about 1.71 million square meters (423 acres), including a floor space of over 1.29 million square meters (319 acres) for academic and administrative use, with the fixed assets of 3.25 billion yuan and the teaching and research equipment of 796 million yuan in total. The university houses 2.83 million volumes of books and 1.02 million e-books in two main libraries and their branches, a state-of–art information system, and modern facilities in support of the academic and research activities on campus.

WUST claims traditional strengths in engineering and sciences, which are integrated with contemporary popular disciplines such as management, medicine, humanities, economics, law, philosophy, and art. For over 34, 500 full-time students (including over 25,000 undergraduates and over 9,500 postgraduates) hosted by 18 schools, WUST now offers a wealth of programs spanning across a broad range of disciplines. They include:

¨79 undergraduate programs;

¨33 master’s degree authorization points in first-level disciplines and 174 master’s degree authorization points in second-level disciplines;

¨20 professional master’s degree awarding categories;

¨8 doctoral degree authorization points in first-level disciplines and 40 doctoral degree authorization points in second-level disciplines;

¨8 post-doctoral research stations;

¨1 national key (cultivating) discipline;

¨10 provincial key disciplines;

¨5 provincial key (cultivating) disciplines;

¨6 provincial advantageous characteristic discipline groups.


Of all its disciplines, WUST has 5, i.e. Materials Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Clinical Medicine and Computer Science ranked top 1% globally by ESI. Its Materials Science and Engineering has also been selected as a key discipline for first-class discipline construction in Hubei Province. This discipline, along with the Metallurgical and Mining Engineering discipline and the Mechanical Engineering discipline, have entered the ranks of the national first-class discipline construction in Hubei Province. 

WUST actively implements the strategy of talent-driven development. It has more than 2,700 staff members, including a faculty of over 1,900. Among the faculty there are:

¨5 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering serving WUST as distinguished professors of full-time or adjunct status;

¨1 Foreign Full Member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Engineering;

¨22 scholars enlisted in major national talent programs;

¨1 national distinguished HEI teacher;

¨2 national model teachers;

¨5 national outstanding teachers;

¨1 teaching team selected as a national Huang Danian-style teaching team;

¨3 national-level teaching teams;

¨30 candidates of the national and Hubei provincial New Century Million-and-10-Million-Talents Project;

¨291 individuals selected for the Talent Introduction Program of Hubei Province;

¨1 individual selected for the Hubei Provincial Leading Talent Training Program for Public Health;

¨4 individuals selected for the Hubei Provincial Youth Elite Talent Training Program;

¨15 Hubei Provincial Famous Teachers;

¨8 Hubei Provincial Famous Teacher Studios;

¨37 outstanding teachers supported by the Baosteel Education Fund;

¨33 young and middle-aged experts with outstanding contributions at the provincial and ministerial level;

¨85 recipients of special allowances from the State Council and the People’s Government of Hubei Province;

¨5 winners of the Young Teacher Award of Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation.

Thanks to involvement of outstanding international scholars, WUST’s Overseas Expertise Introduction Base for Marine Steel and Its Applications is accredited with the Overseas Expertise Introduction Project for Discipline Innovation sponsored by the Ministry of Education and State Administration for Foreign Experts, PRC. At the local level, WUST’s “Innovation Introduction and Training Base for Advanced Refractory Materials” and “Mixed Intelligent Innovation Demonstration Base” have been selected as Hubei Provincial Demonstration Bases for Talent Introduction and Innovation.

WUST adheres to deepening educational and teaching reforms. It has been approved for 40 first-class undergraduate program construction sites under the Double Ten Thousand-Plan Initiative (including 28 at the national level). It has also obtained 14 national-level specialty programs, including national-level characteristic majors and the Excellent Engineer Education and Training Program. 16 undergraduate programs have received accreditation and evaluation from the Ministry of Education. It has been approved for 16 national-level first-class undergraduate courses, 14 national-level planned textbooks, and 7 practical teaching platforms such as national-level experimental teaching demonstration centers and virtual simulation experimental teaching centers. It has received 6 national-level teaching achievement awards, including one first prize. Additionally, it has obtained 3 national-level research and practice projects in the field of emerging engineering disciplines and 1 national-level research and reform project in the field of emerging humanities and social sciences.

WUST attaches great importance to quality assurance in teaching. Testimonials of its excellence in teaching include the students’ continued job placement rate of 95% plus in recent years. This is further testified by our students’ quantities of awards. Examples of these honors include numerous awards of the following high-level competitions: the China College Students’ “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, the “Challenge Cup” National College Students’ Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Works Competition, the National College Students Electronic Design Contest, the College Students Mechanical Innovation Design Contest, the Intelligent Vehicle Competition for College Students, and the College Students E-commerce Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Challenge. Since the 13th Five-Year Plan, the students have accumulated over 4,500 international and national-level awards in various disciplines and scientific competitions. WUST is ranked 47th in the 2022 National Assessment of Discipline Competitions in Regular Higher Education Institutions published by the China Higher Education Association. The university’s women’s basketball team enjoys a great reputation nationwide and has won numerous championships in CUBA, CUBS and the National University Games, nurturing over 10 players who have been selected for the national team and national youth team.

WUST features cutting-edge research in areas such as metallurgy, materials, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and control technology. It is the home of over 39 research centers accredited by the Central Government of China, Hubei Provincial Government, and Wuhan Municipal Government, including:

„  a state key laboratory (for refractory materials and metallurgy);

„  a state research center for engineering (for high-temperature materials and lining technology);

„  a key laboratory accredited by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (for Metallurgical Resources Utilization);

„  2 national university-industry collaborative innovation centers (for High-performance Steel Materials and Their Applications and for Strategic Utilization of Vanadium Resources);

„ 2 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education;

„  1 B-class key laboratory of the Ministry of Education;

„  1 engineering research center of the Ministry of Education;

„ 1 national university-industry collaborative innovation center (jointly established);

„  29 provincial-level research platforms.

Since the 13th Five-Year Plan, WUST faculty have undertaken 530 national-level projects, including the National Key R&D Program, National Natural Science Foundation, and National Social Science Foundation. These projects have resulted in over 190 awards granted by governments at the national, or ministerial/provincial level. Our faculty’s most notable achievements are the 19 National Awards for Scientific and Technological Advancement, including 1 first prize in National Science and Technology Progress Award, 13 second prizes in National Science and Technology Progress Award, and 5 second prizes in National Technological Innovation Award since 2007.

In order to solve real-world problems, WUST has established strong linkages with the industry and the government. It engages over 30 large enterprises such as China Baowu Steel, Evergrande, An Steel, Liu Steel, China First Metallurgical, WISDRI Engineering and Research, etc. A commendable outcome of this synergetic relationship is the birth of the WUST-Baowu Research Center for Engineering in Carbon Materials, WUST-Yixing Research Institute for Ceramic and Refractory Materials, WUST-Laohekou Science and Technology Research Institute, Evergrande School of Management and Evergrande School of Football WUST jointly established with Evergrande Group. The city governments in China that WUST partners include Wuhan, Suizhou, Xiaogan, and Wuxi, among others.

The university has 1 affiliated hospital directly at the tertiary level, 1 affiliated hospital directly at the secondary level, and 8 non-direct affiliated hospitals. It has also established nearly 20 social scholarships, including the Hui Ling Scholarship, Niobium Steel Scholarship, Yeji 77 Scholarship, Li Cuiping Art Scholarship, Xidi International Scholarship, and Zhongyun Scholarship.

WUST adheres to a global and open approach to education. It is one of the first provincial universities in Hubei Province to engage in international education exchange and cooperation. It is recognized as an advanced unit for foreign affairs in Hubei Province and is eligible for the Innovative Talent International Cooperation Training Program by the China Scholarship Council, which sends faculty and students abroad for study. It is also a network collaboration unit of the national China-Africa Innovation Cooperation Center.

The university has established academic exchange and cooperation relationships with over 100 universities and research institutions in dozens of countries and regions, including the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Australia, the Netherlands, Austria, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. These collaborations involve student exchanges, faculty visits, joint research, and more. It has jointly established laboratories and research centers with institutions such as the University of Freiberg in Germany, Leoben Mining University in Austria, the Amsterdam Data Center in the Netherlands, and Seoul National University in South Korea. Currently the University runs 5 international education programs with the approval of the Ministry of Education of PRC, namely:

„  B.E. in Electronic Information Engineering in partnership with University of Bridgeport, US;

 „ B.E. in Mechanical Engineering in partnership with Deakin University, Australia;

„  B.E. in Network Engineering, in partnership with Birmingham City University, UK;

„  B.A. in Public Arts, in partnership with Accademia Di Belle Arti di Foggia, Italy;

„  M.E. in Computer Science and Technolgoy, in partnership with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

As well, WUST is a destination of almost 500 international students from various countries for pursuit of degree studies from undergraduate programs in fields such as clinical medicine, civil engineering, and international business administration to master’s and doctoral degree programs in first-level disciplines such as materials science and engineering, control science and engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and technology, safety science and engineering, mining engineering, and systems science.  

Albeit a leader in many fields, WUST never stops in pursuing its mission through excellence in education, research and service. Its faculty, staff, and students are committed to advancing knowledge in engineering, sciences, and humanities for addressing contemporary issues in the local region, country-wide and the world over.