USTB, founded in 1952, is one of the most influential key national universities of “211 Project” sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is renowned for its study of metallurgy and materials science, however, it maintains a balanced programme of science, management, humanities, economics and law. In 2006 it was also selected as one of a select group of pilot universities for the "Platform for National Advanced Disciplines Innovation" program.
Multi-disciplines: USTB offers 44 undergraduate programs, 109 Master’s programs and 48 doctoral programs in 13 schools. There are 12 national key disciplines in the fields of metallurgy, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering and mining. From 2006 to 2009, the disciplines of metallurgy engineering and the history of science and technology were ranked first among Chinese universities, and the disciplines of materials science and engineering and mining engineering were ranked second and third respectively.
Outstanding teacher resources: Among its teaching staff of 1634, there are 402 professors, 550 associate professors, including seven members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and three members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, one Chief Expert of National Project 973,one member of the One-Thousand-Talent scheme plan at national level ，13 members of the Yangtze Scholar Prize Plan, 14 Winners of National Outstanding Young Scientist Foundation awards, two National Distinguished Teachers, three Innovation Teams of the Ministry of Education and 331 Ph.D. supervisors.
Powerful scientific research strength: USTB hosts two national key laboratories, two national engineering research centers, two national science and technology platform and 20 ministerial open laboratories and research centers. USTB is particularly strong at solving technological problems in the modernization of metallurgy and materials production, as well as at developing new technologies in these and other industries.In the two phases of the "211 Project" already completed, USTB has won four First Prize awards in the National Prizes for Progress in Science and Technology, which ranks as a national record. Since 2004 USTB's research fund has been expanding at the pace of nearly 100 million RMB a year. A total of 17 science projects have won national prizes, which is also a national record. In 2007, USTB became the first and only university sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education to be responsible for the "National Major Science and Technology Infrastructure Project".
Extensive collaborations: USTB has maintained close collaboration with local communities, extending the university’s social responsibility and developing further opportunities for excellence. Moreover, the university has strengthened its co-operation with worldwide enterprises in research, academic and educational fields. Accordingly, it is consistently approaching its strategic target of contributing more to society and establishing a worldwide reputation”.
USTB has so far entered into partnership with more than 100 foreign universities and institutes from different countries and districts, and invited more than 500 world-renowned academics such as Professor Akihisa INOUE, President of Tohoku University, as its honorary professors.
Colorful campus life: USTB attaches great importance to the overall development of students and provides a rich variety of extra-curricular activities ranging from science to sports, culture and the arts to fulfil students’ high expectations of their campus life. Students have been able to improve their abilities remarkably. They have distinguished themselves in competitions held both at a national level and by the Beijing Municipality. The science team won the championship in the second and fourth “CCTV National Student Robot Design Competition”. Sports teams have won many gold medals in competitions at all levels.