WUT was merged on May 27th 2000, from the former Wuhan University of Technology (established in 1948), Wuhan Transportation University (established in 1946) and Wuhan Automotive Polytechnic University (established in 1958). WUT is one of the leading Chinese universities under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education and one of the universities constructed in priority by the “State 211 Project” for Chinese higher education institutions; its Material Science and Engineering entered the “State 985 Project” for world excellent disciplines. WUT ranked 49 according to Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2014 Top 100 and ranked 351-400 according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015.
Currently, WUT has about 5,282 staff members, including 774 professors, 1346 associate professors, 2 academicians of China Academy of Engineering, 1 fellow of the Royal Academy of Belgium and 1 fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Besides, the University has held open global recruitment of 7 foreign famous professors to be its “Strategic Scientists” in the area of Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering. The University owns 23 academic schools, 8 state key disciplines, 74 Doctoral programs, 188 Master's programs as well as 87 Bachelor's programs. Besides, over 37,000 undergraduates, 16000 postgraduates (including Master and PhD students), and over 1,000 international students are studying at WUT.
WUT possesses 25 innovative research centers with international leading level including two State Key Laboratories, one State Engineering Laboratory, one National Engineering Research Center and ministerial or provincial level laboratories in the areas of new materials, new energy, transportation and logistics, mechatronics and automobile, information technology as well as resources and environmental technology. In recent 5 years, WUT has obtained over 3 billion Yuan of funding from government and industrial sectors for high-tech research and development, and won 12 National Science and Technology Awards, for which WUT ranked the 9th in 2010, the 8th in 2011, the 13th in 2012, the 27th in 2013 and the 6th in 2014 among all the Chinese higher educational institutions. Meanwhile, the University has established its Science Park in China Optical Valley in Wuhan, covering an area of 58.7 hectares, where it has incubated and fostered more than 6 high-tech enterprises based on new materials, fiber optical sensors, high-speed shipping, new energy technology and advanced manufacturing. In 2014, the total sales revenue of the high-tech industry reached nearly 1.5 billion Yuan.
WUT has formed three important Boards of Directors with the industrial sectors of building materials and construction industry, transportation industry and automobile industry, totally covering 219 large backbone enterprises. The Boards of Directors hold annual meetings regularly to discuss the important issues concerning the mutual development between the university and the three industrial sectors. Meanwhile, WUT has established cooperative relations for students exchange and scientific research with more than 100 foreign universities and research institutions from USA, UK, Japan, France, Australia, Russia and the Netherlands, etc. and invited over 300 international famous scholars to be guest professors or honorary professors.
From 2007, WUT was authorized to establish 3 Bases of Foreign Outstanding Expertise-Introduction for Disciplines Innovation in China Leading Universities in Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Advanced Technology for High Performance Ship and Advanced Technology for Functional Film Materials Fabrication and Its Application in Engineering, as well, the International Joint Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing and the Base of International Science and Technology Cooperation in Environmental-friendly Building Materials were established. In 2008, the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing at WUT was nominated as the “State International Joint Research Center” by the Ministry of Science and Technology. In 2009, WUT established the “WUT-Harvard Joint Nano Key Laboratory” with Harvard University, Dr. Charles M. Lieber, Fellow of American Academy of Science and Professor of Harvard University, was appointed as the Director of the joint laboratory; in 2010, established the “Joint Laboratory of advanced Optoelectronic Materials and Devices” with the University of Strathclyde; in 2010, established the “WUT- UM Joint New Energy Material and Conversion Technology Key Laboratory” with the University of Michigan, and the Thermoelectric Materials Research Team of WUT Entered Clean Vehicles Consortium of US-China Clean Energy Research Center(CERC); and in 2012, established the “WUT-UoS High Performance Ship Technology Joint Center” with the University of Southampton.
Inheriting the history and culture of the former three universities, WUT insists on the guiding principle of “take the students cultivation as our essence, and take academic development as our priority”, while with the practice of over 60 years in student’s education, WUT has forged the spirit of the university as “Sound in Morality, Broad in Learning and Pursuing Excellence”. It has become the lofty ideal and core value of WUT to build an excellent university that provides an excellent education to lead our students to a fulfilled life with wisdom and responsibility, winning worldwide recognition and admiration.