The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) was founded in 1952 following the amalgamation of the best departments in related fields of five eminent universities as a result of a nationwide reorganization of the higher education system.
Over half a century of remarkable growth, it has developed into one of the most influential key national universities sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Its main focus is on engineering; at the same time it maintains a balanced programme of science, management, humanities, economics and law. It was one of the first universities to be entitled to establish state-approved graduate schools and was chosen to be part of China's "211 Project", which is designed to develop a hundred first rate universities in the 21st century. USTB has 11 post-doctoral research centers, 48 doctoral degree programs, 109 master’s degree programs and 40 undergraduate programs. There are over 2900 faculty and 30,000 enrolled students.
USTB values greatly and will forever cherish its long tradition of being "Rigorous in Learning and Research and Venerating Practice". Over 100,000 graduates are contributing to society all over the world; most of them have become professionals and joined our national elites in the field of politics, economics, science and education. As metallurgy and materials science are the two disciplines for which it is most renowned, USTB is also known as "the cradle of iron and steel engineers”.
USTB values international cooperation and exchanges. It has so far entered into partnership with nearly 90 foreign universities and institutes from different countries and regions, and invited more than 500 world-renowned academics as its honorary professors. USTB is engaged in the Chinese Government Scholarship Programme and has been accepting international students since 1954. More than 4200 students from 125 countries and regions have been studying and doing research in USTB. As of the fall of 2010, there are 707 international students enrolled, including exchange students, national scholarship and self-financed students.