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University of Science and Technology Beijing
Motto Work discreetly with emphasis on practice (学风严谨 崇尚实践)
Established 1952
Type Public
President Dr. Xu Jinwu (徐金梧)
Undergraduates 13293(2008)[1]
Postgraduates 8278(2008)[1]
Location Beijing, People's Republic of ChinaChina
Campus Urban 557,858 square meters[2]
Former names Beijing Steel and Iron Institute (北京钢铁学院)
Nickname Seashell (贝壳)[3]
Website (Chinese) (English)

The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) (simplified Chinese: 北京科技大学pinyin: Běijīng KēiÌ Dàxúe), formerly known as Beijing Steel and Iron Institute (北京钢铁学院) before 1988, is a national key university in Beijing, China. It was founded in 1952. The USTB is prestigious for its study of metallurgy and materials science.

Today the University has large departments in physics, chemistry, engineering, economics, and English. One of the largest departments is the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The University has about 20,000 undergraduate students and about 2,000 PhD and graduate students. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has about 500 students in the undergraduate program and about 200 students in various graduate and PhD programs. The department has about 60 professors of which many have built their scientific career in the US, Germany, and the UK. Owing to its origin as a former iron and steel university the university has one of the strongest departments in the field of materials science with strong international visibility and reputation particularly in the field of physical metallurgy and metal physics of the microstructures of structural and functional materials.

In 1997, USTB was selected into the first tier of universities for China's 211 Project (meaning the development of 100 world class universities in the 21st century for China).



In 1952, with the combination of five former colleges, the USTB was founded under the title of "Beijing Industrial Institute of Steel and Iron" (北京钢铁工业学院). It was renamed as "Beijing Steel and Iron Institute" (北京钢铁学院) in 1960. The title "University of Science and Technology Beijing" was not adopted until 1988.

Education and Research

USTB West Gate
Mechanical and Information Engineering Building
Main building entrance, i.e. the School of Materials Science and Engineering

The USTB consists of 9 schools, provides 39 undergraduate programs, 65 master programs, 26 doctoral programs and 7 postdoctoral research fields. USTB attaches great importance to the establishment and development of its academic disciplines. As a result of many years of development, seven national key disciplines such as errous Metallurgy, Materials Science, Materials Processing Engineering, Mechanical Design and Theory and Mining Engineering etc. have long enjoyed established fame both at home and abroad, so are Management Science and Engineering, History of Science and Technology which have won a high reputation as well. Disciplines such as Control Theory and Control Engineering, Thermal Engineering, and Mechatronic Engineering are being developed on a solid basis. In addition, newly-developed disciplines such as Computer Science, Information Technology, Environmental Engineering, and Civil Engineering, are glowing with vigor and vitality.

In October of 2003, the total enrollment of over 14,000 full time students includes 9,661 undergraduates, 3,080 master candidates, 1140 doctoral candidates and 81 international students.

The USTB prides itself a strong faculty known for their meticulous scholarship and academic excellence. Among its 1063 faculty are 255 professors, 347 associate professors. Including 7 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science and 3 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Scientific research in USTB focus on the solution of major scientific and technological problems in the modernization of metallurgical and materials production, as well as the development of new technology. Many breakthroughs have been achieved in the areas of technological research and major technical problems have been solved for metallurgical and materials industries. From 1978 to 2002, 776 research projects have been awarded prizes at state, provincial or ministerial level, 106 prizes were at the state level. USTB has been awarded 153 prizes of various kinds since 1998, including 13 National Invention Prize, National Prize for Natural Sciences and National Prize for Advancement in Science & Technology. Among the 84 patents granted, 3 have been transferred to the American Iron & Steel Association, five have been rewarded with profit of over ten million yuan. From 1991 to 1993, USTB ranked sixth, fourth and fifteenth respectively among universities nationwide for winning the National Prizes for Natural Sciences, for Advancement in Science & Technology and the National Invention Prize. Besides, USTB plays an important role in academic disciplines. In 2002, USTB ranked the sixteenth and twenty-third respectively among Chinese universities for the number of theses included in EI and SCI.

Schools and departments



  • School of Civil and Environment Engineering
  • School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering
  • School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • School of Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Information Engineering
  • School of Economics and Management
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Applied Science
  • School of Foreign Studies
  • School of Marxism
  • Tianjin School
  • Graduate School



Wanxiuyuan cafeteria (万秀园), one of the two major canteens in USTB
Students dormitories in the west of the campus

The USTB total area 557,858 m² is located in Haidian District, Beijing, facing Fourth Ring Road, where most key institutions of higher learning are gathered. The USTB Gymnasium for 2008 Summer Olympics is located on the east part of the campus.The USTB provides its students with newly-built dormitories, completed in 2005.

International students

The USTB is an institution involving the Chinese Government Scholarship Program and has been accepting the international students since 1954. More than two thousands of students from 74 countries and regions have been studying and doing research work in the university. In fall of 2003,there are 81 international students, including 34 undergraduates, 15 master candidates, 8 doctoral candidates and 24 non-degree students (21 of them are language students).

||Country|| Student Name|| Department || Year of Graduation|| |Bangladesh|Shamsul Haquue|Metal|1981| Rahat Zaman Afifur Rahman Nargis Sultana Sohel Hasan Badal Das

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b "Statistics". University of Science and Technology Beijing website.学校简介. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Introduction to USTB". University of Science and Technology Beijing website. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Degree awarding ceremony of USTB 2008". University of Science and Technology Beijing website. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 

See also

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