Shandong University of Science and Technology (SDUST), a key university of Shandong Province with distinct features, offers multidisciplinary education in engineering, sciences, management, literature, law, economics and education while giving prominence to engineering and is noted for mining technology.
The University currently has an enrollment of 40000 full-time students, including 4510 master and doctoral candidates and 8580 from the independent college. Among a faculty and staff of over 2970, there are 2000 full-time teachers including 257 professors and 411 associate professors, 3 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 5 foreign academicians of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, 9 Taishan Scholar Program professors, 3 candidates of the New Century State Talents Project, 3 candidates of the New Century Talents Supporting Project of the Ministry of Education, 6 young and middle-aged state-level experts with outstanding contributions, 58 teaching staff enjoying special state government subsidies, 6 provincial-level young or middle-aged experts with outstanding contributions, 37 provincial/ministerial level topnotch professionals, and 124 supervisors of doctoral candidates.
There are 8 National Teachers of Excellence, 19 Provincial Teachers of Excellence and 5 Provincial Noted Teachers; 5 feature specialties and 1 experiment teaching demonstrative center backed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance, 3 provincial prestige specialties under construction and 5 provincial feature specialties under construction; 2 national quality course and 17 provincial quality courses constructed. The University won 2 second-class awards of the National Teaching Achievements and 31 awards of the Provincial Teaching Achievements. The University has cultivated over 100,000 personnel so far and the employment rates of its graduates stand at the top among universities and colleges in Shandong Province. The university was placed in Category A in the national undergraduate programs teaching evaluation conducted by the State Education Ministry in 2007.
The University is noted for its strengths in basic and applied research and scientific development owing to its multidisciplinary features. It boasts a solid academic foundation and advantages in Mining Engineering, Surveying and Mapping Science and Technology, Geological Resources and Engineering, Control Theory and Control Engineering, Computer Software and Theory, Geotechnical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, and Mechanical Design and Theory. The University now houses 80 research institutes in such domains as engineering, technology, humanities and social sciences. From 2001 to 2007, the University has undertaken 2896 research projects, 2346 horizontal projects with a total of research fund 609.49 million RMB. It has published 10643 papers of which 900 were collected by SCI, EI and ISTP, and 581 monographs. 286 research projects were authenticated and 57 patents obtained; 6 projects won state-level scientific awards and 168 projects won provincial ones; from 2004 to 2008, the scientific research funds exceeded 100 million RMB for three successive years and in 2008 the funds totaled 181.87 million RMB.
The university-affiliated enterprises have developed professional centers with their business scope covering mechatronic engineering, environmental protection, information technology and technological training and the cutting-edge technologies in vibrating wire sensing, plasma welding and water-proof construction materials are leading both home and abroad, and in particular, the waterproof construction materials have already penetrated overseas market and gained ideal social and economic benefits. The University has established a provincial-level science park which has been listed as an incubation base of the state new and hi-tech development service center with more than 50 enterprises and scientific development entities registered.
The University actively participates international exchanges and cooperation with a view to promoting internationalization of education. It has established cooperative relationship with 77 higher learning institutions and research institutes in 17 countries including the USA, Japan, Germany, Russia, France, etc., and over 50 scientific and technological cooperative projects have been initiated. Now much headway has been made in the promotion of cultural exchanges, faculty exchanges, sabbatical training and joint postgraduate programs. Its international students come from countries such as Japan, Russia, the USA, France, the Republic Korea, Germany, Mongolia and Pakistan. To date, the University has set up 6 Sino-foreign joint laboratories. The University hosts or sponsors large-scale international academic conferences annually and more than 20 faculties are members of various international academic institutions.
The University edits and publishes Journal of Shandong University of Science and Technology (natural sciences edition), Journal of Shandong University of Science and Technology (social sciences edition) and Newspaper of Shandong University of Science and Technology. The University, with a history of more than half a century, has cultivated its fine ethos of Unity, Diligence, Truth-seeking and Innovation. It will spare no efforts to build itself into a high level multidisciplinary research university with strong engineering disciplines and mining technology.