Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) is China’s only research-oriented, multi-disciplinary, and international university of science and technology, which simultaneously excels at Aeronautics, Astronautics, and Marine Engineering. The University emphasizes science and technology, while harmoniously developing the fields of management, humanities, economics, and law.
The predecessors of Northwestern Polytechnical University were the State Northwestern Engineering College and Huadong Aeronautical College. In 1957, the two colleges merged into Northwestern Polytechnical University.
The NPU campus covers an area of 2,917 mu. The University offers 53 undergraduate programs, 101 graduate programs, 57 doctoral programs and ten postdoctoral research stations. It also has the authority to confer the MBA and Master of Engineering Degrees.
Currently, NPU has 1430 full and associate professors and senior engineers, among whom there are 15 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Science, five foreign academicians, 12 Yangtze River Scholars and 320 Ph.D. advisors.
Since its foundation, NPU has trained more than 100,000 students including 2,000 Ph.D. and 13,400 Master students. Among them, there are the country’s first Ph.D. students in six different disciplines, and the first test pilots with a Master Degree. 34 Ph.D. students and teachers of the University have become the research fellows of Alexander Humboldt, and six NPU graduates are the recipients of the Chinese Ten Outstanding Youths titles.
NPU has become an important center for scientific innovation. It has ten state key disciplines, 13 first-class disciplines with the authority of conferring doctoral degree, ten national key laboratories and national specialized laboratories, ten provincial and ministerial key laboratories and nine provincial engineering research centers. Scientific research is one of the great strengths of NPU. The main indexes of its research are among the top Chinese universities, and the University has become a vital part of the scientific research “National Team”.
The University has successfully undertaken 4163 research projects during the “Tenth Five-year Plan” (2001-2005). Over 1,100 national, provincial and ministerial awards have been granted to the University for its excellent research achievements, of which there are eight State Awards for Science and Technology Accomplishments.
In 2004, the Project “Processing of Continuous Fiber Reinforced Silicon Carbide Matrix Composites for High Temperature and Long-Time Applications” achieved the first-class State Technology Invention Award which had remained vacant for the past six years. The research fund gained by the University has ranked in the top ten among Chinese universities in the past six years. In 2004, the research fund was up to 824 million RMB, which ranked the sixth in China. The international academic exchange and cooperation has been growing rapidly.
Agreements have been signed for the international academic exchange and cooperation with more than 100 universities, research institutions, and industries in the U.S.A., the U.K., France, Germany and many other counties. 23 joint research institutes have been established with universities and industries abroad. More than 120 oversea scholars, professors, and experts have been appointed as Honorary Professor and Consultant Professor of NPU. The UNESCO Chinese UNISPAR Working Group was established at NPU.