Dalian University of Technology is the first formal university of a new type founded by the Communist Party of China on the eve of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, for the construction of China's industrial system.
Dalian University of Technology (DUT) is a national key university administrated directly under the Ministry of Education of China, which is also sponsored by Project 211 and Project 985. DUT keeps fostering elites, promoting science and technology, inheriting excellent cultures and guiding the social climate as its mission, adheres to DUT spirit of “Unity and Progress, Truth and Innovation”, dedicates itself to the creation, discovery, impart, conservation and application of knowledge, and endeavors to undertake social responsibilities to serve the country and the world.
Dalian University of Technology was established in April 1949, as the School of Engineering of Dalian University; In July 1950, the establishment of Dalian University was revoked, from which School of Engineering got independence as Dalian Institute of Technology; In October 1960, the Institute was identified as the National Key University directly under the leadership of the Ministry of Education of China; In April 1986, the graduate school was established; In March 1988, the institute was renamed as Dalian University of Technology; In 1996, DUT started the implementation of "Project 211" construction, with the joint efforts of the Ministry of Education, Liaoning Province and Dalian City; In 2001, the university started to implement the "Project 985" Construction, by the Ministry of Education, Liaoning Province and Dalian City; In 2003,the university was identified as university whose cadres were appointed by the Central Committee of CPC; In December 2012, the Ministry of Education formally approved the Dalian University of Technology to build Panjin campus; Based on the key principles of ‘strategic planning, high standard, innovative teaching and learning’, Panjin campus has positioned itself to achieve academic standards which parallel those offered on the main campus; In September 2017, approved by the State Council, DUT was selected into the “World-class University Construction Plan”, category A.
The university faculty includes 4321 teachers (among which 2650 are full-time teachers), 10 members of Chinese Academy of Sciences and members of Chinese Academy of Engineering in full-time faculty, 30 in part-time faculty, 11 members of the Discipline Review Group of Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, 29 selected in “Thousand Talents Plan”, 29 Distinguished Professors and 14 Chair Professors of “Cheung Kong Scholar Program”, 7 Cheung Kong Youth Scholar, 35 winners of China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists, 10 chief scientists of the “973 Project”, 2 chief scientists of young scientist special projects of the “973 Project”, 15 National candidates of “Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project”, 10 Youth Science and Technology Innovation Leaders of Innovative Talent Promotion Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology, 17 winners of Trans-Century Training Programs Foundation for the Talents of the State Education Commission, 123 selected in the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University of the Ministry of Education, 4 winners of National Higher Education Distinguished Teacher Award, 2 winners of Teacher Award in the “Ten Thousand Talents Plan”, and 31 winners of Higher Education Distinguished Teacher Award of Liaoning Province, 726 Ph.D. supervisors, 808 professors and 1098 associate professors among full-time faculty members. DUT has now 42,041 full-time students, including over 4,836 Ph. D. students, 10,893 Master students, 25,380 undergraduates and 860 international students. The university also has 3,432 part-time students enrolled in professional master degree programs.
DUT keeps the education of talents as its primary mission and attaches equal importance to undergraduate and graduate programs. It has formed a multi-disciplinary system which focuses on science and engineering and coordinates science, engineering, economics, management, humanities, law, philosophy and arts. The university has 1 graduate school, 7 faculties (with 1 faculty having 3 independent academic schools), 8 independent academic schools and teaching departments, 3 special schools and 1 independent college. Panjin campus has 1 teaching department and 7 academic schools; Development zone campus has 3 academic schools.
The university has now 4 national key primary disciplines (Dynamics, Hydraulic engineering, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Management Science and Engineering, covering 15 secondary disciplines), 6 national key secondary disciplines (Computational Mathematics, Plasma Physics, Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation, Structural Engineering, Structural Analysis for Industrial Equipment, Environmental Engineering), and 2 national key secondary (cultivating) disciplines. There are 27 Ph. D. programs in the primary disciplines, 130 Ph.D. programs in the secondary disciplines, 42 Master programs in the primary disciplines, 220 Master programs in the secondary disciplines, 25 post-doctoral research stations. The University was authorized to offer master degrees to part-time college teachers and to offer professional degrees covering 12 disciplines, including Master of Business Administration (MBA, including EMBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Architecture, Master of Engineering, Master of Finance, Master of Applied Statistics, Master of Arts, Master of Translation and Interpreting (MTI), Master of Engineering Management, Master of Arts and Communication, Master of Urban Planning, and Master of Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language.
DUT has 87 undergraduate programs, among which 82 are currently enrolled with undergraduate students. After adjustment, the university now has 77 undergraduate programs, including 23 national special programs. There are 4 national education and teaching bases (national teaching base for chemistry, national cultural education base for college students, national talent training base for integrated circuit, national research and teaching base for science), 8 National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Centers (experimental and teaching center for basic chemistry, electrical engineering and electronic science and technology, basic physics, civil engineering and hydraulic engineering, liberal arts, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as an engineering training center), 3 national demonstration centers of virtual simulation (demonstration centers of virtual simulation for chemistry, electrical engineering and electronic science and technology, and automotive engineering), and 7 national-level teaching groups. DUT is one of the 10 pilot universities in the national reform of engineering education, one of the first group of pilot universities in national innovation experiment program for college students, the first batch of demonstrative universities in the national reform of innovation and entrepreneurship education, and one of the first group of pilot universities in “Excellent Engineer Education and Training Program" of the Ministry of Education.
The disciplines of engineering and chemistry of DUT were selected into the “world-class discipline construction list”. Well-developed disciplines in DUT are provided with rich resources and have strong research backgrounds. The University has 1 national 2011 Collaborative Innovation Center (Collaborative Innovation Center of Major Machine Manufacturing in Liaoning), 3 State key laboratories (State Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, State Key Laboratory of Structural Analysis for Industrial Equipment), 3 national engineering research centers (National Joint Engineering Research Center for Shipbuilding, National Joint Engineering Research Center for E-Government Affair Simulation, National Joint Engineering Research Center for Advanced Equipment Design and CAE Software Development), 4 national engineering laboratories (National Joint Engineering Laboratory for Industrial Equipment Energy Saving and Control Technology, National Joint Engineering Laboratory for Bridge and Tunnel Technology, National Joint Engineering Laboratory for Manufacturing Management and Information Technology, National Joint Engineering Laboratory for Fire and Emergency Rescue), 1 National University Science Park (Dalian University of Technology National University Science Park), 1 National Technology Transfer Center (Dalian University of Technology National Technology Transfer Center), 1 national technology center (Dalian University of Technology National Vibration and Strength Test Center), 1 National Intellectual Property Strategy Implementation Research Base, 1 National Intellectual Property Training Base (Liaoning). The University also has 5 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education (Key Laboratory for Precision and Non-Traditional Machining Technology, Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering, Key Laboratory of Marine Energy Utilization and Energy Saving, Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Key Laboratory for Precision/ Non-Traditional Machining and Micro-manufacturing Technology (Category B)), 20 key laboratories of Liaoning Province, 4 engineering research centers of the Ministry of Education, 22 engineering (Technology) research centers (Engineering Laboratory) of Liaoning Province, 2 public technology innovation platforms, 9 technology innovation bases and technology transfer bases, 3 national-level international scientific and technological cooperation bases, 6 higher education discipline innovation bases, 6 national innovation research groups, 2 key discipline innovation teams of the Innovative Talent Promotion Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and 10 innovation teams of the Ministry of Education.
Up to 2001, the university has won 47 national scientific and technological achievements awards, 490 provincial and ministerial level scientific and technological achievements rewards; up to 2012, DUT has won 8 Chinese patent awards as the first completion affiliation, including a gold medal. Currently, 9 disciplines of DUT are selected into the top 1% in ESI international disciplines ranking, of which engineering, chemistry and materials science entered world top 1 ‰; 12 disciplines are selected into Top 500 in QS world discipline ranking, the number of disciplines ranking the 18th in all universities in China; 16 disciplines are selected into the Times Higher Education world discipline ranking, the number of disciplines ranking the 11th in all universities in China.
Dalian University of Technology has three campuses (Lingshui, Development Zone and Panjin) in two cities (Dalian and Panjin). It covers a total area of 4.262 million square meters with a construction area of 1.68 million square meters. The university library has a collection of more than 3,668,000 books and over 58,000 Chinese and foreign electronic journals. The existing sports area of the university is 213,000 square meters. At the same time, DUT has a domestic first-class campus network system.
DUT has now established long-term stable collaboration with 207 universities and research institutions in 29 countries and regions. In 2014-2016, the university applied for 34 key projects of the Ministry of Education for recruiting foreign experts and established 6 National Innovation Centers for Introducing Talents of Discipline, for a total funding of 25.286 million yuan, employing 2674 long-term and short-term foreign experts. In order to enhance students' international vision and academic capability, the university actively expands over 150 overseas exchange programs including state funded study abroad, joint training, exchange study, short-term exchange visits and overseas internships. In 2014-2016, a total of 4278 long-term and short-term exchange students were dispatched.
At present, DUT continues to adhere to the fundamental task of setting high moral values and cultivating people, keep the primary mission of educating talents, deepen the comprehensive reform, strengthen characteristics of connotation, and strive to build a world-class university with Chinese characteristics.