Changsha University of Science & Technology (CUST) is an engineering-centered multidisciplinary university integrating engineering, science, management, economics, liberal arts and law, with strong disciplinary advantages and prominent features in the industries of communications, electric power and water conservancy. The university is jointly established by the Central Government and Hunan Provincial Government, mainly under the administration of Hunan Province.
The university is located on Jinpenling and Yuntang Campuses, with an area of 210.56 hectares (equivalent to 3158.4mu) and a total floor space of 1173000 square meters. The university has fixed assets totaling 1.9 billion yuan (around US$ 291.1 million), among which the apparatus and equipment for teaching and research are valued at 285 million yuan. The university has a collection of more than 3,628,700 books and a Gigabit Backbone Networking system. The multimedia classrooms and language laboratories can seat 16,642students.
The university boasts of 17 schools and departments, with 1 post-doctoral workstation, 3 discipline and 15 sub-disciplines for doctoral degrees, 18 disciplines and 104 sub-disciplines for master’s degrees. It is accredited to confer master’s degrees to those with equivalent academic attainments and to confer master of engineering and MBA and other five types of professional master degrees. It has 7 key disciplines at provincial or ministerial level, 21 key specialties at provincial level. The university also establishes 13 key laboratories at provincial or ministerial level, 7 research bases of Philosophy and Social Sciences at provincial level, 6 demonstration laboratories for basic courses at provincial level, 20 excellent Bases for Educational Practices at provincial level.
The university is staffed with 1,888 full-time teachers, among whom are 302 professors, 3 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering in concurrent posts, 1 entitled as the State young and middle-aged expert with outstanding contribution, 1 selected as candidate of the first and second level of the “National Hundred, Thousand, and Ten Thousand Talents Project”, 3 selected as candidates of the first national level of the “New Century National Hundred, Thousand, and Ten Thousand Talents Project”, and 7 with the “Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University” of the Ministry of Education.
The university recruits students from 31 municipalities, provinces and autonomous regions. And the full-time enrolled students total 36,700, among whom are 34,000 undergraduate students, 2,700 postgraduate students and PhD candidates. The graduate employment rate has kept at more than 95% for consecutive years, topping Hunan Province. The university is accredited to enroll international students and students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and has established cooperation and exchange programs with over ten universities and scientific institutes from the USA, UK, France, Russia, Canada, South Korea, Japan and Australia. The university also cooperates with Xinjiang Autonomous Region in training senior engineering talents of the minority ethics, and jointly train students of national defense with the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army of China.