Hunan University of Science & Technology (HNUST), co-constructed by the State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense and People’s Government of Hunan Province, is a comprehensive and key provincial university with multi-disciplines and distinctive characteristics. It is honored as an “Outstanding College” of the undergraduate teaching evaluation by the Ministry of Education; a college among the “Excellent Engineer Training Program” by the Ministry of Education. Furthermore, it is among the first “Top 50 Universities for Innovation and Entrepreneurship” and one of the “Top 50 Universities for Graduates Employment”. HNUST, which evolves from Northern Hunan Construction College founded in 1949, is established in November 2003 by merging two separate universities: Xiangtan Polytechnic University and Xiangtan Normal University. It has been accredited by the Ministry of Education and People’s Government of Hunan Province. Located in Xiangtan, HNUST covers an area of 3,107 mu (207.2 hectares) with floor space amounting to 974,300 m². As a complex of 19 schools, a graduate school, an independent college, a college for adult education and an international education college, HNUST offers 90 undergraduate programs in eleven genres of disciplines—philosophy, economics, law, education, history, science, engineering, agriculture, management, literature and arts, 188 graduate programs, and 24 doctoral programs. HNUST has a teaching faculty of around 1,700 out of over 3,500 employees, 355 of whom are full professors and 800 are doctorate holders. As of now, HNUST enjoys a nationwide enrollment of over 35,000 full-time students, along with a burgeoning community of international students.
HNUST attaches importance to international academic exchange and cooperation. Up till now, the university has cooperated with over 40 universities including USA, UK, Australia, Japan, and over 10 universities in Taiwan. International students enrolled are from 16 different countries. Over the past three years, HNUST has recruited the high-end foreign experts for 6 patches and maintained over 10 foreign teachers constantly