In 1956, Chengdu Institute of Radio Engineering (CIRE), the first electronic information institute of higher education in new China, was founded. In 1988, Chengdu Institute of Radio Engineering was renamed University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. In 2001, the University was admitted into the State's “Project 985” for the top 34 universities in China.
The University is adept in the field of electronic information with disciplines of strength and comprehensiveness, which have covered nearly all the second-level disciplines from materials to components and circuits to circuit systems. Centering on electronic information science and technology, a fully-fledged program system has come into being with engineering as its major field, the integration of engineering and sciences as its highlight and the coordinated development of science, engineering, administration and liberal arts as its key feature.
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UESTC provides dormitory on campus for internationl students. Students except doctor is provided double room, which is RMB 6,000/year per head. And single room for doctors is RMB 12,000/year.(Note:1 U.S Dollar 6.4 RMB).
The library of UESTC was established in 1956 and it enjoys the collection of electronic documents gathered from libraries of Jiao Tong University, Nanjing Institute of Technology and South China Institute of Technology. UESTC has two libraries: one in Shahe Campus and another in Qingshuihe Campus. The libraries are equipped with 5200 readers' seats and 108 reading and studying rooms.
Wang Jinsong also emphasized that UESTC is a university be proud of, underpinning the rapid growth of electronic information in China during the past 3 decades. Moreover, school would seek further extension in such studying fields as energy, environment and aerospace. To further improve the quality of personnel training, UESTC will also push forward cultural construction, combining liberal art and electronic information education.\
UESTC provides its students with large areas of acitvity and sports facilities: Student Activities Center 12,200 square meter, Outdoor Playground 205,000 square meter, Swimming Pool 5000 square meter, Indoor Gym 11,400 square meter.