In 1940, the Communist Party of China founded the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), the country's first science and engineering university, in Yan'an, Shaanxi province. Since the founding of the New China, BIT has been one of the key universities in the country and was among the first to enter the national "211 Project" and the "985 Project", and to be designated as a "Top A World-class University".
BIT was originally founded in Yan'an in 1940, and moved to Beijing in 1949. In 1952, it was renamed Beijing Engineering College, becoming the first defense industry university in the People's Republic of China. In 1988, the university was renamed the Beijing Institute of Technology. Today, it is affiliated with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
BIT is deeply rooted in Chinese history and culture. Its motto of "Take virtue as the principle, learn to be good at industry", its spirit of "Unity, Diligence, Practicality, Innovation", and its teaching style of "seeking truth from facts, not self-righteousness" have jointly formed the university's temperament and core values.
BIT is currently comprised of 22 professional schools, nine colleges and eight new-type educational research institutions.
Its programs in engineering, material science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and social sciences are among the top 1% of ESI international disciplines, with engineering being ranked in the top 1‰.
In recent years, BIT has focused on the construction of "5+3" subject groups, namely: "Efficient Damage and Protection," "New Materials Science and Technology," "Complex System Perception and Control," "Delivery Equipment and Manufacturing," "Information Science and Technology," and "Characteristic Science," "Convergence Medical and Engineering," and "Civil-military Integration and Innovation and Development". These subject groups have been developed based on BIT's traditional strengths and long-term development needs, forming an overall construction layout that aims to lead in advantageous engineering, integrate characteristic science, link to fine liberal arts, and interact in frontier cross-innovation.
BIT has more than 5,800 faculty and staff members. The university has gathered 42 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and more than 450 national talent plan winners, with high-level talents accounting for 21% of the full-time teachers. Three high-level foreign teachers have won the Friendship Award of the Chinese Government.
BIT has six national teaching teams and six national experimental teaching centers. Since the 13th Five-Year Plan period, the university has won 16 national teaching achievement awards and seven national excellent textbook awards, and has been approved for 39 national first-class courses. It has also added two national teaching masters and 35 Beijing municipal teaching masters.
BIT aims to develop students into leaders with ambition, wisdom, innovation, and a sense of duty. Over the past years, BIT has graduated over 300,000 students, including political leaders such as Li Peng, Zeng Qinghong, Ye Xuanping, as well as leaders in other fields, like Wang Xiaomo and Peng Shilu. Currently, the university has more than 30,000 full-time students, many of whom have won prestigious awards in innovation and entrepreneurship, including international competitions in UAV technology, genetic engineering, and robotics.
BIT has a strong tradition of developing technologies that contribute to national needs and global progress. The university has a long history of innovation, with BIT researchers responsible for creating the nation's first television transmission and receiving device, first two-stage high altitude research rocket, first light tank, first low altitude height-finding radar, and first 20-kilometer remote camera.
BIT continues to maintain an edge in intelligent and bionic robotics, space adaptive optics, green energy, modern communications, and industrial process control. With its technology and equipment, BIT has contributed significantly to major national events, including the Beijing Olympics, the Shanghai Expo, the Guangzhou Asian Games, and the Shenzhou VIII and Tiangong I missions.
BIT adheres to the principles of integration and mutual benefit with global partners. Through cooperation, it has formed an international friendship network. It has signed cooperation agreements with 405 universities in 78 countries and regions across six continents, and established student exchange programs with cooperative institutions such as the Technical University of Munich in Germany, the University of Bristol in the UK, the Illinois Institute of Technology in the US, the Australian National University, the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, and Bauman Moscow State Technical University in Russia.
The university has also launched the joint construction project of Shenzhen BIT-Moscow University with the Shenzhen Municipal Government and Lomonosov Moscow State University. BIT has established the International Innovation Organizational College to cultivate internationally competitive leadership talents. It has also created the Study in BIT program, which has attracted over 2,800 international students from about three quarters of the countries in the world.