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Wuhan University of Technology
武汉理工大学
Established 1948 (Wuhan University of Technology)
1945 (Wuhan Transportation University)
1958 (Wuhan Automotive Polytechnic University)
Type National university
Location Wuhan, Hubei,  People's Republic of China
Former names 1) Wuhan University of Technology
2) Wuhan Transportation University
3) Wuhan Automotive Polytechnic University
Athletics National
CUBA men's and women's
Website www.whut.edu.cn(Chinese)

The Wuhan University of Technology (WHUT, simplified Chinese: 武汉理工大学) was established on May 27, 2000, as a key Project 211 institution under the administration of Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. It is currently establishing its first semi-independent college in Xiamen, Fujian Province.

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History

The three predecessors of the new university include: the former Wuhan University of Technology (WUT, founded in 1948) under the Ministry of Education, Wuhan Transportation University (WTU, founded in 1945) under the Ministry of Communications and Wuhan Automotive Polytechnic University (WAPU, founded in 1958) under the China National Automotive Industry Corporation. All were strong in engineering and had multiple disciplines. The former WUT was superior in material science and engineering, resource and environment engineering, civil engineering and architecture; WTU excelled in waterway transportation engineering, maritime and nautical technology; while WAPU focused on automotive engineering and management.

Academic

The new University has eight major disciplines, with engineering being the mainstay and natural sciences its foundation. The eight disciplines are combined with one another to include natural sciences, engineering, humanities, economics, management, law, philosophy and education. The staff of 6,500 includes 2,400 academic faculty members, within which there are over 1,750 individuals with senior academic or professional titles. Of these professionals, 350 are professors, 1 is an academician of China Academy of Engineering and 2 are academicians of China Academy of Science. The total enrollment of new WUT is over 37,000 students with 3,370 postgraduates included, which ranks among the fourth largest in China.

The university is authorized to confer fifty-five bachelor’s degree programs as majors, fifty-one Master’s degree programs, fourteen Ph.D. degree programs and there are three post-doctoral mobile stations for scientific research. There is one national key subject, three first-class subjects, twenty-nine ministerial or provincial subjects, one national key laboratory, one national key industrial testing base, nine ministerial or provincial key labs and engineering research centers in the university. The Board of Trustees of WUT has been made up mainly of the large or medium sized enterprises, institutes of engineering, scientific research and designing as well as lines of construction, building materials, transportation and automotive industry.

The university has extensively established academic links with more than sixty external universities and institutions. The university has engaged more than one hundred famous foreign scholars as Concurrent or Honorary Professors for the university, and often receives experts, scholars and professors from other countries or regions to teach or do research. The university also sends abroad a number of teachers, professors, and scholars to study and to attend international academic conferences each year. Some of them have been engaged as Guest Professor, Special Professor or Lecturer by foreign host institutions. In 1950 the university began to admit foreign students and has awarded more than ten different countries’ students ever since with a bachelor, master degree or a certificate for further study.

Campus

Bordering the South Lake, the new university is situated on the south bank of Yangtze River in Wuhan. It has two main campuses, one at Mafangshan Hill and one at Yujiatou in Wuchang. The total area of the campus is 450 acres (1.8 km²). WUT has a building floorage of 1,100,000 square meters and it possesses three libraries with a stock of 2,720,000 books.

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