Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) was founded in 1920 and in 1954 was designated one of the six National Key Universities by the Chinese ministry of higher education, the only one that was situated outside Beijing. In 2009, HIT was recognized as one of the members of the C9 League, a group of leading Chinese universities, cementing its elite status within Chinese higher education.
With science, engineering and research at its core, HIT offers over 2,000 undergraduate and 1,900 postgraduate courses, for its 40,000 plus student body. Set over three campuses in Harbin, Weihai and the graduate school in Shenzhen, students are served by over 2,900 full-time academic staff.
HIT is an institution very much at the forefront of Chinese innovation and currently has over 20 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. It is one of the key Chinese institutions for astronautics, and was the first Chinese university to fully develop and launch a satellite. It has since launched two more.
It is also a highly international institution with cooperation agreements with universities in over 125 countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Russia.
Besides its academic prowess, the university has fed into Chinese society through its graduates, with a number assuming leadership positions in the Communist Party of China and governments at different levels.
HIT is famous for its original style of schooling: 'Being strict in qualifications for graduates; making every endeavor in educating students.'
HIT is consistently on the forefront in making innovations in the field of scientific research. For years, HIT has continued to undertake large-scale and highly sophisticated national projects. HIT's ability for scientific research has always been among the strongest in all universities in China. HIT is making great contributions to China's hi-tech research field by creating many new inventions in scientific research fields such as China's first simulation computer, the first intelligent chess-playing computer, the first arc-welding robots, the first giant computer-aided real-time 3-D image construction system and many others.
HIT is widely recognized as one of the top universities in the country with a focus on science and engineering. HIT was ranked 7th in the Best Global Universities for Engineering by U.S. News in 2016. HIT is one of only a handful of universities in the world that have designed, built, and launched their own satellites (in 2004, 2008 and 2013).
As a Science and Engineering University, Harbin’ highly ranked programs are Engineering, Materials Science, Computer Science, Mechanics, and Control Science.
HIT’s core strengths continue to be Scientific Research and Engineering Technology, with strong faculties in Management, Liberal Arts, Economics and Law.
HIT has strict educational standards. There are 34 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science and Engineering in the university.