Zhejiang Sci-Tech University is a key provincial university in Zhejiang province, well-known for its unique characteristics and advantages. While engineering subjects are the University’s main focus, the school provides a comprehensive academic education, covering the fields of natural sciences, engineering, humanities, economics, management, law and education. In April 1999, upon receiving approval from the Ministry of Education, the school changed its name from Zhejiang Institute of Silk Textiles to Zhejiang Institute of Science and Technology. In May 2004, upon approval of the Ministry of Education, the name was further changed to its current name, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University.
The school’s history can be traced back to the Sericulture Academy established in 1897, which was one of the earliest western-style educational institutions in China. The school achieved tremendous progress in the development of education in China, including such milestones as:
● 1959, initiated undergraduate education program
● 1979, initiated postgraduate education program
● 1983, authorized to award masters degrees
● 1993, authorized to accredit associate professorships
● 1995, initiated doctoral education program in partnership with Zhejiang University
● 1995, authorized to enroll international students and students from Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan
● 2000, authorized to award master’s degrees to on-the-job applicants lacking the required diploma education but passing academic assessment
● 2002, authorized to award masters degrees in engineering
● 2006, authorized to award doctoral degrees
● 2006, authorized to award master’s degrees to on-the-job college teacher applicants
● 2006, authorized to accredit professorships
Today, the University has established a comprehensive and multilevel schooling configuration covering undergraduate education, postgraduate education, international student education, Chinese-foreign cooperatively-run education and adult continuing education.
The University now has a total of 16 schools (including teaching departments) and one independent institute. Currently, there are 59 undergraduate majors, of which, 15 are provincial key majors (inclusive of those under construction) and 7 enjoy the status of “major with distinct characteristics” at national/ministerial levels. The University has two doctoral programs, 30 masters degrees programs including four ‘category one’ subjects, 10 masters degrees program of engineering, and 30 masters degree programs offered to on-the-job college teacher applicants. At present, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University has roughly 27,000 full time students enrolled, of which around 3,100 are postgraduate students.
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University’s faculty is highly talented and experienced. There are nearly 1,900 teachers and support staff altogether, more than 840 of them have professional titles at associate level or above, of which more than 240 have senior professional titles. Among the faculty, there is one Innovative Research Team supported by the Ministry of Education, five members selected to the National BaiQianWan Intelligence Recognition Program, six members included in the New Century Excellence Support Program led by the Ministry of Education, in addition, 62 professors are qualified to tutor doctoral students, 55 teachers are financially supported by the provincial New Century 151 Talent Program, more than 30 teachers receive government special allowance financed by the China State Council. Besides, the University has also engaged more than 100 renowned scholars and experts to act as co-professors, visiting professors, and etc.
Focusing on achieving academic development and promoting scientific research, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University now has four subjects recognized as provincial “subjects of utmost importance”, eight subjects recognized as provincial and ministerial key subjects, one key laboratory of the Ministry of Education, one engineering research center of the Ministry of Education, 3 provincial key laboratories, and 17 provincial and ministerial research platforms. Over the past five years, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University has completed a series of national and provincial-level scientific and research programs and has won more than 170 awards, including six National Awards for Technological Invention, two National Awards for Science and Technology Progress, one Lu Xun Literature Award, and more than 80 provincial awards. Zhejiang Sci-Tech University persists in applying science to economical and social construction, and has established stable scientific cooperation relations with hundreds of enterprises.
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University cherishes its motto of “virtue, vision, erudition and action”, fully displaying the spirit of “seeking knowledge and truth, pursuing innovation and creation” established a century ago in an ethos of “seek truth, cherish honesty”. The school focuses on student education and teaching activities, and was awarded “excellence” in the undergraduate student education assessment given by the Ministry of Education in 2004. The University boasts three National Top-quality Courses, two National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center, and has won many national and provincial awards for teaching achievements. Many students achieved good results in various contests and international fashion design competitions. Graduates from Zhejiang Sci-Tech University are well recognized by the society for their solid foundation, rigorous work style and strong innovative capabilities, and its alumni can be found in many places in China and in many countries worldwide. Over the past few years, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University has stood out among colleges in Zhejiang in terms of undergraduate student admission criteria and its graduate initial employment ratio.
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University has always emphasized international exchanges and cooperation. Each year, the University deploys its faculty overseas for training, to deliver lectures, engage in cooperative research projects and participate in other academic activities. The university maintains close cooperative relations with more than 30 colleges and research institutes in more than 10 countries and regions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and others. Through efforts in exploring multiple approaches for high end talent training and education, establishment of joint research centers, and inviting foreign experts and scholars to give lectures in the campus, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University now enjoys increasing advantages in its building of a university with international character and quality. ZSTU is one of the host institutes under Chinese Scholarship Program. Besides ZSTU and Zhejiang Provincial government offer various scholarships to outstanding international students too.
Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, an institution of higher education soaking in the splendor of its century-long history, is greeting new opportunities for development emerging in the new century. Both the faculty and the students are fully committed to putting their intellectual and innovative abilities to work, continually striving to improve upon a school with high-quality instruction and a focus on research.
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