About History of CSU Central South University of Technology

Former Central South University of Technology

Central South University of Technology, formerly known as Central-South Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, was established merging the Mining and Metallurgy Departments of 6 universities, including Wuhan University, Sun Yat-Sen University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Guangxi University, Hunan University and Nanchang University in 1952 during the reorientation of national higher education institutions; in 1960, it entered the list of national key universities; in 1985, it changed its name to Central South University of Technology, marking its transition from a single-subject institute of technology to a comprehensive university of technology; in September 1996, it passed the approval review for national “Project 211” and became one of the national key universities facing the 21st century. The university used to be affiliated to the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Metallurgical Industry of the P.R.C. and China National Non-ferrous Metals Industry Corporation successively and finally was directly under the Ministry of Education of the P.R.C once again in September 1998.

The university is located at the foot of Yuelu Mountain and on the bank of Xiangjiang River in Changsha city; the campus covers an area of 1.07 million m2, including a floor area of 650000 m2. It’s a “Civilization Model Organization” and “Garden-style Organization” in Hunan and one of “National Best 400 Organizations in Afforestation”. It has 30,000 pieces/sets of instruments and equipment for teaching and scientific research, which are worth more than CNY 100 million; the library has a building area of 22000m2, storing 1.84 million books and more than 6400 kinds of Chinese and foreign periodicals.

The university has 10 schools and 6 departments, 52 research institutes, 35 undergraduate majors, 39 master discipline programs, 5 primary doctoral programs, 18 doctoral disciplines, 5 postdoctoral scientific research centers, 4 national key disciplines, 6 national and provincial (ministerial) key laboratories; it’s also equipped with one national engineering research center, 8 national and provincial (ministerial) education and teaching bases; at the same time, it’s also a center for cultivating nationwide Masters of Business Administration (MBAs) and Masters of Engineering. It has more than 3,600 teaching and administrative staff members, and more than 17000 students, including more than 1400 graduate students and 68 overseas students. Among the 1,354 full-time teachers, there are 2 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 8 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 102 doctoral supervisors and more than 630 full and associate professors. Since the university is established, it has cultivated over 90000 professional talents of all kinds for China, including more than 3,000 graduate students. Since 1981, it has made a total of 786 important scientific research achievements, of which, 680 ones received national and provincial (ministerial) rewards; there are 500-600 projects under research every year; 214 projects have been granted patent rights and the implementation rate of patents is up to 65%, ranking top among the national colleges and universities. The university has established friendly cooperation relations with more than 180 foreign colleges and universities or scientific research institutions; every year, it sends nearly 200 people abroad for visiting, giving lectures, making cooperative scientific research or studying for degrees and receives foreign visitors for more than one hundred times.

For the past 47 years, the university has been emphasizing on dedication, basic knowledge and engineering practice, been earnest in teaching and strict with teachers and students, and been integrating teaching, research and production; it also advocates "dedication, diligence, truth-seeking, innovation”. Giving priority to technology in combination with multiple disciplines, and laying equal stress on teaching and scientific research and on undergraduate program and graduate program, this socialist comprehensive university is thriving.

In face of the opportunities and challenges in the 21st century and  the great strategy of “revitalizing China through science and education” of CPC and the nation, the university carries on the superiority of its original engineering courses into full play, and speeds up the development of Science, Liberal Arts and Economy; thus, it is expected to grow into a university featured by multi-disciplinary coordinated development, high comprehensiveness, domestically advanced education quality and effectiveness and internationally advanced key disciplines, and into a domestic important base for cultivating high-level talents, solving major problems concerning national economic construction, disseminating knowledge and bringing innovations to knowledge and technology.