As a key school supervised by Beijing Municipality, Beijing Information Science and Technology University is located in Haidian District of Beijing, with its five campuses, namely Xiaoying, Jianxiangqiao, Qinghe, Jintailu, and Jiuxianqiao, covering an area of 500 Mu and 331700 square meters of buildings. The new campus covering an area of 1183.6 Mu is now under construction.
Formally approved by Ministry of Education, BISTU was the merger of Beijing Institute of Machinery (BIM) and Beijing Institute of Information (BIT) in 2008. BIM was supervised Ministry of Machinery and its predecessor was Beijing Machinery Industry Management Junior College established in 1986. History of BIM could trace back to Peiping Advanced Business School established in 1937 and National Peiping Advanced Industrial School. BIM was supervised by Ministry of Electronics Industry and its predecessor was No. 2 Branch School of Peking University established in 1978. In the past 70 years, the University has nurtured tens of thousands of talents and professionals of various industries. BISTU alumni make their contributions and achievements in all industries of the world. Since the formal establishment of BISTU , centered on development demand of the nation, municipality and industries and seizing the substantial opportunities in construction of Beijing into a World City and integration of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, the University actively adjusts academic disciplines, continues advancing talent-cultivation mode, and conducts reform on internal mechanisms. With great effort in locating the conformity between the University and information era, internet society, and high-end manufacturing, BISTU has greatly improved in all respects. Integrated competence and social contribution of the University has been effectively, substantially enhanced.
The University has 17 schools (academic divisions/education centers), namely Postgraduate School, School of Electromechanical Engineering, School of Instrumentation Science and Opto-electronics Engineering, School of Information & Communication Engineering, School of Automation, School of Computer Science, School of Economics and Management, School of Information Management, School of Political Education, School of Media & Public Administration, School of Foreign Studies, School of Applied Sciences, School of International Education, Division of Physical Education, School of Continuing Education, Computing Center, and Electromechanical Experiment and Training Center. The University recruits full-time undergraduate students from 29 provinces of China and preparatory undergraduate programs for minority students of five provinces in West China, full-time undergraduate students from inland Xinjiang high schools and Tibetan high schools. Currently, in 25 provinces BISTU is recruiting first-tier students of national Gaokao. The University has a student body of 15,478, including 1,154 postgraduates, 10,556 full-time undergraduates, and 3,768 students of party-time, continuing education.
The reasonably structured, quality faculty team of BISTU is composed of 834 full-time academic teachers, of whom 41% are doctoral degree holders, 124 are professors or holding senior professional titles, and 294 are associated professors or holding associated senior professional titles. Of the faculties, 333 are master supervisors and 22 are Ph.D. supervisors. The faculty team is honoured for 2 duplex-engaged Academicians, 2 high-level overseas talents, 1 distinguished professor, 3 guest professors. Various honours have been awarded to the faculty team, including 1 honoured for Chief Expert of municipal universities, 1 listed in National Talent Project, 3 listed in New Century Talent Project of Beijing Municipality, 2 Beijing Scholars, 4 Great Wall Scholars of municipal universities, and 1 Leading Pioneers of Technical Beijing. With their excellent contribution to education, the faculties have also been awarded a series of honours, such as 2 National Teacher of Excellence, 9 Municipal Teacher of Excellence, 1 National Teaching Team of Excellence, 1 Team of Innovation of MOE, 8 Teaching Team of Excellence of Beijing Municipality, 8 Beijing Teacher of Preeminence, 24 Team of Innovation among municipal universities, 15 Innovative Talents, 26 Outstanding Leading Talents, and 107 Key Teachers of Beijing Planning of Education Enhancement.
The University distinguishes itself with featured education in 36 undergraduate programs, covering the disciplines of engineering, management, science, economics, and literature. Of the programs, 4 are national-construction feature programs and 8 are Beijing preferential construction programs. Three programs, i.e., Automation, Communication Engineering, and Internet Engineering, are listed in MOE Planning for Engineers of Excellence, Detection and Control Technology and Instruments has been accredited by Engineering Education, and two programs, i.e., Automation and Computer Science and Technology, have been approved as Pilot Program of Academic Reform in Local Universities by MOE. The University also has two national level model centers for experiment teaching, 1 national level off-campus field teaching base, 1 national level filed teaching center for engineering, 4 municipal level models centers of field teaching, and 3 off-campus education bases. The year 2014 witnessed BISTU winning for the first time National Second Prize for Education and Teaching, Water- Robot football team composed mainly of undergraduates- winning four champions in medium-sized robot football world cup, and four successive champions won by Fast-Energy team in National Honda Energy-saving Contest. In recent years, employment rate of the graduating students remains 95% or above and that of the postgraduates remains 100%.
Academic discipline building continues to be enhanced. Currently the University has 14 first-tier disciplines of master degrees and 43 second-tier ones. In addition, the University offers 2 professional master degrees, i.e., Master of Engineering and MBA, as well as other 7 master programs. Of the master programs, 3 are municipal key disciplines and 9 are municipal-construction key disciplines. The University labs are honoured with 1 key lab of provincial-ministerial co-construction, 5 municipal key labs, 2 ministerial key labs, and 2 key labs of machinery industry. Also the University has 1 municipal research base for philosophy and social sciences and 1 municipal research center for engineering technology. The University is qualified for recommended admission free to postgraduate programs for graduating postgraduate students. Approved for the project BISTU Production-Learning-Research Postgraduate Education Base, the University becomes one of the few municipal universities who own production-learning-research bases on postgraduate level.
Momentum of academic research at the University further strengthens its resolve in offering quality teaching and research-oriented education. Currently the University has 16 provincial/ ministerial level research institutes. A complete research system has been established, with key labs as the leading role, research institutes as the backbone, research teams as the base, and science and technology innovation platform as the mainstay. For three successive years from 2007 to 2009, the University has won four national level science and technology awards as the first author. The three years between 2011 and 2014 witnessed rapid progress of BISTU in science and technology research: 31 science and technology awards of provincial level or above, 2 prizes for progress in science and technology of MOE, 9 prizes for progress in science and technology of the Municipality, 7 prizes for science and technology of China machinery industry, 140 patent licensing items, and 4,041 academic essays published (of which 1,122 are included by EI, SCI and ISTP, 600 in Core Journals in Chinese of Peking University, and 88 in CSSCI). Academic research of the University is also supported with high growth rate of funding and steady growth in national level advanced projects like Major National R&D Projects, National Key Technology Research and Development Program, and 863 Projects, etc. The University was also the first to be approved as pilot unit for entity motivation of Zhongguancun Science Park, which gave birth to construction of University Science Park of Beijing. And Beijing Institute of High-end Information and Industrial Technology is also established at BISTU. Collaborative Innovation Center for Electric Vehicles in Beijing, with contribution of BISTU, has been listed as 2014 national collaborative innovation center. Construction of Collaborative Center for Circular Economic System (Industry) of Beijing as World City, led by the University, has been listed as breeding projects of 2011 Planning of Beijing Municipal Education Commission. International Lab of Advanced Optoelectronic Technology, a joint project with Tsinghua University and the University of Cambridge was officially launched in 2015. With competence and qualifications in research and manufacturing of national defense equipment and instruments, the University is also an appointed institution for science and technology development in the field of national defense and military industry. Aiming at strengthening the research in national defense technology and information technology, the University has also established Institute for National Defense Science and Technology and Institute for Smart City Studies. Beijing TRS Information Technology Limited, with joint-stock of BISTU, successfully goes public on growth enterprise market and among its municipal peers BISTU thus became the first that has its school attached enterprise go public. With emphasis on integration of production, learning and research, industrialization and profits has been achieved in the field of high-end software, sensor technology, high-end equipment manufacturing, etc., Outstanding achievements include the internet searching engine with independent intellectual property right that has become the core product of Beijing TRS Information Technology Limited, range products of airflow inertial sensor and piezoelectric transducer which have been applied to a number of key projects of national defense and military industry, and series products of hemorheology detection instruments which broke up the monopoly of international products on Chinese market and claimed over 79% of market share.
The University continues to boost globalization of education. As of today, inter-school cooperative relationship has been established between BISTU and over 40 universities in the U.S., Germany, Britain, France, and regions like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao. Cooperative programs are actively conducted in the field of scientific research, mutual visits of faculties, training of administrative staff, further education for English and bilingual teachers, dual degrees for undergraduate students, and joint master and doctoral degree programs. The University has also been honoured with 6 honorary members of University Academic Committee who are all presidents of international institutions and 16 honorary professors including Nobel Economics Prize winner Professor Robert Mundell. The University also established School of International Education, aiming at expanding and scale and enhancing the quality of studying in China program. Currently the School has 180 international students from all corners of the world.
Working with stamina and diligence, BISTU is interpreting its tradition of honour and pride of uniqueness. Facing the today’ world with fast development of information technology and internet society, the University will hold on to its motto of “Diligence in learning, Honour for life”, shoulder its ever-new historic mission, seize the unparalleled opportunities, and stride forward on the way to construction of a featured, high-level, teaching and research oriented university!
(The data is renewed as of September, 2015)