North China University of Technology (NCUT), located on the western side of Beijing,is a multi-disciplinary university that combines the natural sciences and engineering with liberal arts, economics, management and law. Growing out ofthe former state-run Peking Advanced Vocational School of Technology, foundedin1946, NCUT has undergone dramatic changes ever since. In 1978, with theapproval of the State Council, NCUT began to offer full undergraduate degree programs. In1985, it was renamed as the North China University of Technology. NCUTtargets the development of qualified, high-level, application-oriented professionals with solid basic theoretical knowledge and strong practical skills and creative abilities. The university currently includes 8 colleges with an enrollment of over 10,200 undergraduate students, 1500 graduatestudents, 200 international students, and 2400 students studying at the Collegeof Continuing Education. Within these colleges there are 32 undergraduatedegree programs, 19 Primary Discipline Master Degree programs which focus on academic research with three years study, and 11 Professional Master Programswhich focus on practice and application with two years study. NCUT has 1260faculty and staff, which include 748 teaching faculty of whom 85% hold Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
A quality education is the university’s lifeline. Teaching is a primary focusat NCUT and the center of its activities, while the university also emphasizesthe importance of research and the contribution research can make both to theeducational environment and to address local and national needs. The under graduate program offers a full range of undergraduate degrees; there arealso numerous graduate degree programs, as well as continuing education programs.The academic education is complemented with moral, intellectual, physical andaesthetic training in order to build well-rounded students prepared to meet thechallenges of modern society.
Tosupport its on-going research efforts, NCUT has established numerous research institutes, including a Computer Application Institute，Electrical Engineering Institute，Automation Control Institute，Intelligent Traffic Institute，Economic Law Institute，Management Institute, Jurisprudence Institute，Language and Culture Research Center, and anArchitecture Design Institute. Professors associated with these institutesundertake many important national and international projects and have achieved national recognition and outstanding awards.
NCUT is also active internationally through over 30 cooperative partnershipsand exchanges. Partnerships had been established with universities in the USA,Japan, Germany, UK, France, Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere. NCUT isqualified to accept international students, who may choose to study inshort-term and long-term Chinese language programs or in undergraduate ormaster degree programs. NCUT students participate in study abroad programs withpartner universities through exchange programs or degree-seeking programs.
In athletics, NCUT has award-winning baseball and softball teams. Since 1998,the baseball team has won championships for 5 years and visited Japan in 2000.The Softball team has won 2 championships. In addition, the male basketballteam, male volleyball team, and female Ping Pong team have always been in top 3among universities in Beijing.
The continuing trend toward globalization in higher education challenges NCUT,its faculty, staff, administrators, and students, to become even moreattractive to the educational environment, through both teaching and research.The demands of globally competitive job markets, emerging technologies, andhuman factors demand that NCUT remain at the leading edge of developments inthe sciences, technology, the arts, business, and the many other areas in whichthe university has built its reputation and expertise. The challenge is realbut so are the commitment and the resources at NCUT to meet those challenges.