[ Introduction ]       [ Brief history ]

Renowned as China’s cradle for the national electronic industry, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China ("UESTC" for short) (formerly Chengdu Electronic Information Engineering College) is situated at Chengdu, the city of over a thousand-year-old cultural history in “the land of abundance”. In 1956, instructed by Premier Zhou Enlai, UESTC was founded on the basis of the incorporation of electronic divisions of the then three universities including Jiaotong Universities, Nanjing Institute of Technology and South China Institute of Technology. As one of the seven earliest key universities in national defense, UESTC became one of the nation’s key universities in 1960. Then, in 1997 it was included as one of the first universities into “Project 211”, a project in China for developing 100 first-class universities and a number of key fields of research for the 21st century. In 2001, UESTC was admitted into the nation’s Project 985, receiving special support for developing world-class universities and world-famous research-oriented universities.

Today UESTC has developed into a multidisciplinary university directly under the Ministry of Education, which has electronic information science and technology as its nucleus, engineering as its major field, and incorporates nature science, management, economics and liberal arts. UESTC has more than 3, 000 faculty members, of whom 7 are academicians of CAS & CAE, 196 PhD supervisors, 325 full professors and 483 associate professors. It has a current enrollment of 26,000 students, including about 10, 000 PhD and MS students. Since its foundation in 1956, UESTC has trained more than 100,000 graduates.

UESTC now consists of 14 schools, plus Chengdu College and Zhongshan College. It offers 41 undergraduate programs, 62 programs for the MS degree, and the MBA and Engineering master programs. UESTC has 36 specialties authorized to confer Ph. D. UESTC is the only higher institute which covers all 6 national key disciplines in electronics and information science in China. Besides it has 22 Ministerial or Provincial key disciplines, 4 National Key Labs and 39 Ministerial or Provincial Key Labs. UESTC has achieved 43 scientific national awards, over 600 ministerial or provincial awards, about 500 patents and 20,000 scientific papers and books have been issued within the decade. The research fund in 2007 reaches 0.51 billion RMB.

UESTC has two campuses, occupying 2.67 km2 (about 660 acres). It possesses 25,000 sets of equipment, a library of over three million volumes, and will have the largest Gym of Asia in the new campus.

Fifty years’ efforts and cultivations have witnessed the University’s process from sole dependence on electronic information engineering to all-around programs in electronic disciplines, and the University now turns out to be a key multidisciplinary university with electronic science and technology as its nucleus, engineering as its major field and featured the harmonious integration of science, engineering, management and liberal arts, well prepared at the call of the history to come up as a high-level research-oriented university.

In the new century, electronic information science and technology as the lead for modern high-tech development demonstrates a more swift and violent stance. In face of the new chance sand challenges, the staff of the University will hold on its notion of “great buildings and master scholars, ambition and accomplishments” in the pursuit of excellence and embark on the journey to a more glorious future.