Qingdao University of Science and Technology

Why Study at Qingdao University of Science and Technology, China

Founded in September, 1950, Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST) is located in the scenic coastal city of Qingdao known as the “Eastern Switzerland”. It was formerly known as Qingdao Institute of Chemical Technology and got its present name in March, 2002 with the approval of the Education Ministry of China. Qingdao University of Science and Technology, a key university of Shandong Province, is a multi-disciplinary university which focuses on engineering, coordinately develops with science, engineering, art, economic, management, medicine and law, and distinguishes itself by material science, chemical engineering, applied chemistry, mechanical engineering, automation and information technology and computer science.

1. History 
The origin of the university lies in the Shenyang Light Industry Vocational School which was founded in 1950. For that purpose, the government of the Northeast Region choosed to put the premises of the Shenyang Wenhui Middle School a catholic school operating since 1876, to new use. The school didn’t remain in Shenyang for long. In December 1954, the Ministry of Light Industry decided to move the whole institution to Qingdao, where more expertise was needed to further the development of the local rubber-industry. Thus, in September 1956 the Qingdao Rubber Industry School opened its gates, having moved teachers, students and equipment from Liaoning to Shandong Province. In 1958, under the name Shandong College of Chemical Industry, it became directly subordinated to the Ministry of Chemical Industry and given the right to award bachelor’s degrees. The right to recruit student for master’s degrees in technical fields was awarded in 1980. Since 1985 the college was called Qingdao Institute of Chemical Industry, a change of name that was considered a downgrade by a lot of students and teachers alike and thus not warmly welcomed. 
2. Discipline and programs 
Qingdao University of Science and Technology has three campuses, Sifang Campus (370,000 sq. m., in Sifang District), Laoshan Campus (1,335,000 sq. m., in Old Stone Man National Tourist Resort) and Gaomi Campus (in the city of Gaomi, Shandong Province). There are 1452 faculty members, 736 of whom hold professorship; and 25,000 students, about 1500 of them being postgraduates or PhD students. Qingdao University of Science and Technology has 19 colleges and 4 postdoctoral research stations offering 7 PhD, 55 master and 63 bachelor degree programs. It plays a key role in such fields as Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Information and Controlling Engineering in China. Five majors are accredited as being distinguished on a national level, those include: Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Chemistry, Polymer Materials and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Process Equipment and Control Engineering. The aforementioned as well as the following majors are accredited as being distinguished on a provincial level: Materials Chemistry, Automation, Electronic Information Engineering, Business Administration, and English Language Studies. The university is an official test center for the TOEIC and the Italian language CELI exam.
3. Academic facilities and scientific research 
Qingdao University of Science and Technology is one of the nine Provincial Key Universities of Shandong. It was ranked 45th among engineering universities on the Mainland in 2013. In 2011, it was included in the first national Excellence Plan for Engineering Education. The three campuses together cover an area of 700,000 m2. The total value of fixed assets is estimated at 2,200 billion yuan. Spread over five branches, the foundation of the University Library dates back to 1950. It now covers a building area of around 50,000m2 and contains over 2.4 million volumes, including digital ones. 
Qingdao University of Science and Technology offers three first level and 22 second level doctoral programs and four postdoctoral research stations, 20 first level and 125 second level master programs and 68 undergraduate programs. Chemistry and materials science are the most renowned majors offered, with the Key Laboratory of Rubber-plastics as well as the Key Laboratory of Eco-chemical Engineering of the Ministry of Education being hosted by the university. Several post-doctoral programs in those fields are also available. Joint research centers have been set up with several international companies, including the LANXESS Rubber Research Center Qingdao.
4. Great achievements 
Recently, this school also has made great achievements in academic research. Until 2014, there were 26094 pieces of articles published, among which 217 items of scientific research award, 100 items of provincial awards. And 1200 pieces of thesis were included EI, SCI, CA. 14 items of national technological invention and national science and technology award, 1 item of  DuPont science and Technology Innovation Award belong to national science and technology ministry. What’s more, the school has been named High institution with prominent contribution in Shandong Province.
5. Communication and international cooperation 
Qingdao University of Science and Technology has a strong partnership with the University of Paderborn, and Germany, that has resulted in the establishment of the Sino-German Technology College on Laoshan Campus. Students who pass the requirements set by the universities and the DAAD can finish their Bachelor-studies in several German universities and have the opportunity to do a master’s degree there. Cooperation agreements exist with over 60 educational institutions in 16 countries and territories. Universities that have an agreement on teachers exchange with Qingdao University of Science and Technology include: City University of Hong Kong, and Regensburg University of Applied Sciences.
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