Harbin Institute of Technology
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About Harbin Institute of Technology

The Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT, known colloquially in Chinese as 哈工大(Hā GōngDà)) is a research university and a member of the C9 League in China consisting of three campuses, which nearly span the country from north to south: the Harbincampus in Heilongjiang Province, the Weihai campus in Shandong Province and the Shenzhen graduate school in Guangdong Province.

HIT undertakes research and numerous projects covered by official secrets (e.g. in space science and defense-related technologies) which may have a bearing on its international ranking, although it is widely recognized as one of the top universities in the country, especially when it comes to local science and engineering league tables. HIT was ranked 7th in the Best Global Universities for Engineering by U.S. News in 2016. HIT is one of only ten universities in the world that have designed, built, and launched their own satellites (in 2004, 2008 and 2013). It made the largest contribution to the success of theShenzhou series spacecraft and Kuaizhou series spacecraft. One minor planet (#55838) is named after the Harbin Institute of Technology and nicknamed "Hagongda Star" by the International Astronomical Union for HIT's achievements in science and engineering.

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History of Harbin Institute of Technology

The Harbin Institute of Technology was originally established in 1920 as the Harbin Sino-Russian School for Industry to educate railway engineers via a Russian method of instruction. Students could select from two majors at the time: Railway Construction or Electric Mechanic Engineering. On April 2, 1922, the school was renamed the Sino-Russian Industrial University. The original two majors eventually developed into two major departments: the Railway Construction Department and the Electric Engineering Department. Between 1925 and 1928 the University's Rector was Leonid Aleksandrovich Ustrugov, the Russian Deputy Minister of Railways underNicholas II before the Russian Revolution and a key figure in the development of the Chinese Eastern Railway.

On February 4, 1928, the institution came under the leadership of the Northeastern Provincial Special Administrative Region of the Republic of China, and was renamed the Industrial University of the Northeastern Provincial Special Administrative Region. On October 20, 1928, the Law College and College of Commerce were incorporated, and the institution was officially named the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), co-managed by China and the USSR, with General Zhang Xueliang as the President of the School Board. Postgraduate students were enrolled from the spring of 1931.

During the Japanese invasion of China in 1935, the university fell under Japanese control. At that time, classes were taught in Japanese only. Furthermore, only Chinese and Japanese students were permitted to enroll. On January 1, 1936, the name of the institution was changed yet again to the National Harbin Polytechnic. By January 1937, the entire educational system had been altered to reflect traditional Japanese instruction. However, on January 1, 1938, the name Harbin Institute of Technology was reinstated, which it has retained up until the present.

After the Allied defeat of Japan in World War II, HIT came under the joint management of the Chinese and Soviet governments through the China Changchun Railway Administration.

In June 1950, the administration of HIT was taken over by the Chinese government, which started a period of full-scale reform and growth. In 1951, HIT was approved by the central government to become one of the two institutions of higher learning to learn advanced techniques from the USSR. HIT then became an important base for learning from the USSR and training students for universities throughout the country. HIT enjoyed a reputation as the 'Cradle for Engineers'.

In 1958, HIT expanded the variety of academic disciplines in which it offered majors such that by 1962 it had fundamentally transformed from a trade based school to a fully-fledged multidisciplinary university, credited with aiding in the construction of a national economy and making important contributions to national defense science and technology.

During this era, enrollment in the university's programs increased dramatically with the largest enrollment exceeding 8000 students. The number of teachers also increased at this time and by 1957 there were roughly 800 teachers responsible for all of the teaching and research duties of the university, each of them on average only 27.5 years old. Their skill and determination, however, earned them the moniker the '800 warriors' of HIT. During this period the research capabilities of HIT greatly expanded and improved. Departments actively sought cooperation agreements with factories and other national research institutes, laying a solid foundation for the integration of teaching, research, and production on a national level.

The Cultural Revolution, which started in 1966, drastically affected the normal teaching capabilities and research activities of HIT.

In Spring 1970, by government order, a small number of HIT personnel and most of the university's research equipment were moved south to Chongqing, and, together with Department 2 of the PLA Military Engineering Institute, established the Chongqing Institute of Technology. The rest of HIT combined with the Heilongjiang Institute of Technology and the Harbin Institute of Electrotechnics to form the new HIT. In August 1973, the State Council and the Military Commission of the CPC Central Committee decided that the Chongqing Institute of Technology should again move back north to Harbin.

In 1977, the undergraduate programs reopened with graduate programs following in 1978 then in 1982 doctoral programs were offered for the first time. In 1984, HIT appeared in the list of 15 favorably built universities. That same year, HIT became one of the first 22 universities to establish a graduate school. In 1992, HIT High-and-New Tech Park was founded. In 1996, HIT was in the first batch of universities to enter the list of Project 211. In November 1999, HIT was appointed by the Central Government as one of the nine best universities to be preferentially built according to the standards of internationally renowned universities.

Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China

Rankings

  • HIT was ranked 7th in the Best Global Universities for Engineering by U.S. News in 2016.
  • HIT is one of only ten universities in the world that have designed, built, and launched their own satellites (in 2004, 2008 and 2013). It made the largest contribution to the success of theShenzhou series spacecraft and Kuaizhou series spacecraft

Student life @HIT

International Student Center

In order to promote culture exchange and enrich students’ learning experience, International Student Center organizes variety of students’ activities. In the spring semester: opening ceremony, city tour, visiting art school, spring outgoing, sports meeting, Chinese culture week, etc. In the fall semester: watching Beijing Opera, cook Chinese cuisine, visiting ice and snow world, etc.

HIT International Communication Association (HICA) 

HICA concentrates in concerting efforts, promoting the international atmosphere in HIT and the international exchange on the student level. HICA has leaped to one of the most active student organizations in the campus of Harbin Institute of Technology after only one year since establishment. The work includes: Hosting visiting foreign guests, enhancing foreign language learning environment, supplying information available to study abroad and organizing large-scale foreign-related activities.
Meanwhile, HICA devotes to establish contacts with a range of international exchange organizations at home and abroad. HICA is partner of Sino-US exchange program called IMUSE2009. Through the successful promotion it makes the number of participants in Harbin Institute of Technology in China ranking the first in the region's top universities. At the same time, HICA establishes contacts with the third-party agencies which aim at promoting cross-cultural exchanges between domestic and foreign regions, making efforts to provide more opportunities for study abroad, cross-cultural communications and overseas internship.
HICA has the bureau, in charge of development strategy, internal and external contacts and image promotion. It also has four departments:
Department of language: having several brands. The Model United Nations in HIT helps the students developing an international-oriented communication and speaking ability and making the talent pool for HIT to participate the MUN national and world-wide. Self-help groups of TOEFL and GRE are the only self-help ones in the northeast of China, committing providing a platform for exchange and sharing of experience for the remarks students. And HICA holds the simulation regularly. Chatting Café also gives a hand in studying English.
Department of lecture: committing brand lecture popular in the whole school. Inviting returnees teachers, it gives the most authoritative information for study abroad. The lectures provide a full range of advice for students from language exam preparation and school application to time planning. At the same time, the department will establish a database of overseas students to collect and collate information around.
Department of activity: under the strong support of the school, the department releases the American Week in HIT and Modern China Tour program for international students. Inviting students from world-renowned institutions coming HIT for communications, it has already promoted the understanding of HIT and modern China. The first HIT Foreign Cultural Exchange Evening and the series events including Chinese and foreign cultures open the window of the world.
Department of service: providing timely and accurate living information for the foreign guests such as professors and students from various countries wishing them a peasant period in HIT. Editorial department for <Newsletter> carefully orchestrated the first full English-language magazine sending overseas elite regularly and enhancing the international impact of Harbin Institute of Technology.
Holding its anniversary celebration not a long time ago, HICA tries to explore in many ways, including its own organizational structure, role of school and external co-operation. We hope to consolidate HICA as a sponsor of large-scale events in school. Above all, it is the new form of activities that HICA will pay lots attention to. HICA attaches great importance to colleges and universities, as well as third-party organizations to cooperate and introduces more international exchange opportunities for HIT including Summer School, NGO opportunities, overseas internship and other chances to broaden horizons and enhance competitiveness.

The Green Union of HIT

The Green Union of HIT was founded on March 23rd, 1997 by some students who were concerned about the environment. Nowadays, it has become the most influential association in Harbin. All the members of the Green Union believe that if we now try to protect the environment, we will get more from it. 

The Green Union has been one of the best 10 associations in HIT for the past 7 years. In 2001, the Green Union was nominated for the Chinese Environmental Protection highest awards -- the Earth Award. The Union is the only representative of E-P groups of Heilongjiang associations. In 2003, for a national project, it was invited by the Green Camp of Universities. The development of our association has entered a new stage! We cooperated with the WWF to carry out the 'wetland emissaries' action in Heilongjiang. In the same year, we gained the highest honor --- the 'Best National Societies pacesetter'. In the year of 2006, we launched the first session of “Summer Korqin Volunteer Services for two weeks... 

E-Club

E-Club is built on April 2005. It is a student academic organization of Harbin Institute of Technology (H.I.T).
E-Club is led by the Postgraduate Research Institute of H.I.T. The aim of E-Club is to invent school-wide English atmosphere, to improve students' oral English, communication skills and to enrich English knowledge through colorful activities. 
Though E-Club is a new organization, it has a group of members who are full of passion and enthusiasm. E-Club has organized a lot of activities to enhance the English atmosphere in H.I.T. Up till now, we have three regular activities. Weekend theater whose aim is to develop students' interests in English and make them familiar with English. The guests, sometimes foreign teachers or students coming from H.I.T, will make a short introduction of the film before it plays. Another activity is English Party. It provides an indoor place with pure English communication environment. Participators can practice their oral English and communication skills in this activity. The third regular activity is special lectures. From time to time, we will hold special lectures on foreign cultures, the preparation of G.R.E, TOEFL or the entrance examination of postgraduate, etc, which are all hot focuses among university students. What's more, E-Club has planned to cooperate with School of Foreign Language of H.I.T and other English organizations to push forward a series of activities.

Tianya Reading Club of HIT

Tianya Reading Club was founded on Dec. 5th, 2006. It is subordinated to the CYL Committee of HIT, with student pioneers being its members. As the first reading club of HIT, Tianya is determined to improve the reading and cultural atmosphere of our school, enrich campus life, and serve the mass students.
Tianya has organized a series of activities. A party for book friends is held every other week, a platform to make friends and exchange ideas. The party consists of three parts: Literature in Life, Politic and Economy Saloon, Knight-errant Stories. There is different subjects for each part every time. Members are encouraged to speak freely and exchange books. At the beginning of this semester, Tianya has three training programs for its members. For World Reading Day and the idea of enjoying reading, Tianya launched a large-scale activity of book-exchanging on Campus Two on Apr. 23rd, 24th and 25th. We aimed at satisfying our fellow students demands for good books and maximizing the sharing and utilization of our resources.
In Tianya Reading Club, all the members are able to gain knowledge, friendship and horizons of view. Let's enjoy reading. Let's take this opportunity to perfect ourselves. 

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