Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) was founded in 1940 in Yan’an, Shaanxi Province and was relocated to Beijing in 1949. The following year, the main campus and the Departments of Maths, Physics and Chemistry of the Institut Franco-Chinois were merged with BIT.
BIT has four faculties—Faculty of Mechanical and Transportation Engineering, Faculty of Information and Electronics, Faculty of NaturalSciences and Materials, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences—with 19 colleges, as well as the Institute of Educational Research, School of Liberal Arts, School of Continuing Education, School of International Education and Higher Vocational and Technical College, and numerous advanced scientific research centres. BIT comprises more than 3,500 faculty members and 25,000 full-time students. Over 14,000 are undergraduate students, nearly 8,000 are graduate students and over 3,000 are doctoral students.
Engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics and mathematics are the five disciplines in BIT that are ranked among the top 1% in Essential Science Indicators (ESI) global ranking. Over the years, BIT is devoted to improving its research capabilities. High-level achievements have been made in navigation control, injury prevention and safety, mechanical and vehicle engineering, materials science, and information systems and warfare. It has developed a clear edge in technologies relating to intelligent and bionic robotics, space adaptive optics, green energy, modern communications and industrial process control.
The International Office, established in 1999, is in charge of all international related affairs for BIT.Major functions include:
Beijing Institute of Technology Library (BITL), originally known as Yan’an Academy of Natural Sciences Library, was established in 1940. It presently consists of Zhongguancun campus library, Xu Teli library and four professional branches covering disciplines from machinery and vehicle engineering, science, humanities to law, with a total floor area of 46,000 square meters.
BIT has three campuses in Beijing: the Zhongguancun Campus (178 acres), Liangxiang Campus (500 acres) and Xishan Experimental Area (42 acres).