The origin of Yanshan University (YSU) can be traced back to the
Institute of Technology (HIT) founded in 1920. In 1958, the Department of Heavy Machinery of HIT and its related specialties moved to the strategic industrial town of Fulaerji, Qiqihar in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province and was renamed the School of Heavy Machinery of HIT. In 1960, the school became independent as the Northeast Heavy Machinery Institute, and in 1978, it was accredited as a national key institution of higher learning. Starting from 1985, it began to relocate southward to the coastal city of
and completed the migration in 1997 when it was accredited by the former State Education Commission to adopt the present name of
In 1998, its administration was transferred from the Ministry of Machinery Industry to Hebei Provincial Government (HPG). YSU is co-administrated by the central and local government, in which the latter plays the principal role. In 2006, YSU was co-constructed by the Commission on Science，Technology, and Industry for National Defense and HPG. In 2010, YSU was co-constructed by the National Defense Science and Industry Bureau and HPG. In 2014, YSU was co-constructed by HPG, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Education.
YSU campus covers an area of 4,000 mu (or 267 hectares) with a total floor space of
. At present, the university has a faculty and staff of 3,000, including 2,000 teachers, of which 413 are professors (including 200 doctoral advisors) and 630 associate professors. The university has a student population of 39,000.
YSU has 11 postdoctoral research stations, 11 first level disciplines authorized to offer doctoral degree, 27 first level disciplines authorized to offer master degree, 9 disciplines authorized to offer professional master degree, 18 disciplines authorized to offer master of engineering, 62 undergraduate programs. With such a wide range of disciplines, YSU has become a multiversity with emphasis laid on engineering studies and importance attached to liberal arts, sciences, economics, management, law, fine arts and education. YSU has 5 national key disciplines, 4 national defense key disciplines and 16 provincial key disciplines and 2 of its disciplines (engineering and materials) are listed in the global top 1% of ESI.
YSU has 21 schools/college including the Graduate School, School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Information Science and Engineering, School of Software, School of Economics and Management, School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, School of Science, School of Humanities and Law, School of Public Administration, School of Marxism Studies, School of Foreign Languages, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, School of Arts and Design, School of Vehicles and Energy Engineering, School of Physical Education, School of National Defense Science and Technology, Liren College, School of Continuing Education and School of International Exchange.
YSU has the State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, the National Engineering Research Center for Equipment and Technology of Cold Rolling Strip, the State and Local Joint Engineering Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Shaping Technology and Equipment, the Key Discipline Laboratory of National Defense for Mechanical Structure and Materials Science under Extreme Conditions, the National Exemplary Institute of Technology Transfer (The Qinhuangdao Yanshan University General Corporation of Technology Development), 2 Coordinative Innovation Center of Hebei Province and 28 key laboratories, engineering centers or social sciences research bases at provincial and ministerial level. YSU also has the
and the Yanshan University Press.
YSU is known for its world-renowned achievements in the development of whole-set heavy machinery and equipment, the metastable materials and technology, the theory and technology of parallel robots, the technology of fluid transmission and electro-hydraulic servo-systems, the theory and technology of industrial automation, the technology of precision plasticity figuration, the technology of large forging and heat treatment, the technology of mechanical structure and materials under extreme conditions, etc. The university has won 16 national scientific and technological awards consecutively since 2000, including 2 First-class China State Science and Technology Progress Awards, 9 Second-class Awards, 2 State Technology Invention Awards, and 3 Second-class National Natural Sciences Awards. The university has undertaken more than 700 national research projects, including those funded by the 973 Programs, the 863 Programs, as well as the National Natural Sciences Foundation and the National Social Sciences Foundation. In 2013, 2014, two of them were awarded as the Top 10 Scientific Development of China’s Institutions of Higher Learning and the Top 10 National Scientific Development of China.
YSU attaches great importance to international academic exchange and collaboration, and has conducted joint study and research programs with 35 world-renowned institutions of higher learning from 17 countries and regions such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, Korea and Japan, etc.
Deeply rooted in Hebei Province with a vision for the whole country and the whole world, possessing an upbeat spirit and innovative mind, bearing the responsibility of advancing educational reform and scientific development, all of the 40,000 faculty, staff and students spare no effort in building Yanshan University into a well-known, multi-disciplinary and engineering-oriented university with advantages at heavy machinery and metastable materials.
(Updated by the President’s Office in September, 2015)