- Kunming University of Science and Technology
Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST) is located in
Kunming, the capital city of YunnanProvince, Southwestern China.
As the goal by 2010, KUST is to become a key university with strong science and engineering background. The university is to be developed into an important provincial training base for advanced technical personnel, a research base for both applied fundamental research and
hi-techresearch, an industrializationbase for hi-tech, and also a research and consulting center for the national social and economic development.
As the largest university in Yunnan Province and one of the well-known universities in China, the earliest departments of KUST started admitting
undergraduatestudents for Bachelor's degrees in March 1925, and KUST became an independent public higher educationinstitution in September 1954. In October 1999, based on a decision made by Yunnan Provincial Government and approved by the Education Ministry of China, the former KUST and Yunnan Polytechnic University(founded in 1974) amalgamated into a new and much larger university and came under the name of Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST).
With the current 20 faculties (schools), covering the fields ranging from science, engineering and economics to administration, arts, law and education, KUST offers a complete list of degree programs including Ph. D., MS., MSEng., MEng, MA, BS, BSEng and BA, as well as other programs including
post-doctorate, preparatory, continuing education, vocational trainingand Chinese languagetraining for international students.
KUST recruits students from all over China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In addition, KUST is authorized to recruit international students for degree programs ranging from Bachelor to Master and Ph. D. There are about 28,000 students studying at KUST, and among them nearly 2,000 are graduate students (2004). KUST presently offers 64 Bachelor programs, 49 Master programs and 8 Ph.D. program areas. There are 3 state authorized post-doctoral stations, 1 state-level key academic subject and 14 province-level key academic subjects in KUST.
The total number of the staff is about 3,700 including academic and non-academic ones, nearly 1,100 of them are professors and associate professors, and about 1,600 are full-time teaching staff. Furthermore, there is one academician of
China Academy of Engineeringworking for KUST and there are 17 academicians of China Academy of Scienceand of China Academy of Engineering jointly working for KUST.
Campuses and facilities
KUST is composed of three campuses, Lianhua, Xinying and Bailong, all are in Kunming City, occupying an area of about 120 hectares. The buildings in the 3 campuses occupy over 730,000 square meters, and many important construction projects are still in progress. The
university libraryhas about 1.7 million volumes of books and periodicals, and the library is authorized as a state-level research documents collection unit. KUST has founded a state-level engineering research center, 2 provincial and/or ministerial level test stations, 2 research and development centers, 2 key laboratories of provincial level and 1 class-A design and research institute. There are 32 research institutes, 13 research laboratories and 13 research centers in KUST.
Exchange and cooperation
The university has ties with over 100 domestic local governments, institutions of higher education and research, as well as enterprises. The research activities in KUST play an important and critical role in
YunnanProvince as well as in the southwest region of China. For each of the past two years, the increment of the research fund for KUST took a proportion of over two-thirds in the total increment for all the universities in Yunnan Province.
It has established cooperative and exchange relationships with nearly 70 universities of about 30 different countries.
As of 2004:
*Faculty of Land Resource Engineering
* Faculty of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
* Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
*Faculty of Electric Power Engineering
* Faculty of Information Engineering and Automation
* Faculty of Civil and Architectural Engineering
* Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering
* Faculty of Biological and Chemical Engineering
* Faculty of Transportation Engineering
* Faculty of Modern Agricultural Engineering
* Faculty of Law
* Faculty of Arts
* Faculty of Science
* Faculty of Management and Economics
* Faculty of Continuing Education
* Faculty of Applied Technology
* Faculty of Physical Education
* Jinqiao College
* Chuxiong College of Applied Technology
* School of Graduate Studies
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