Changshu Institute of Technology

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Changshu Institute of Technology

The Changshu Institute of Technology (CIT) (simplified Chinese: 常熟理工大学; traditional Chinese: 常熟理工大學; pinyin: Chángshúlǐgōng Dàxué) is a provincial public university, which is characterized by polytechnic, application technology and teacher education. It is located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, in Changshu, a satellite city of Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. It is across a lake from Shajiabang(simplified Chinese:沙家浜). The university occupies about 594,000 square meters. It is divided into the East Lake campus (simplified Chinese:东湖校区) and Southeast campus(simplified Chinese:东南校区). It was grown out of Suzhou Normal College and was officially opened on May 12, 2004.[1]

The school motto is "Breed integrity, seek truth——keep at it every day, and you’ll go far along the way".(Motto: 立本求真、日新致远)[2]


Changshu Institute of Technology was established in August 1958 and was originally known as Suzhou Teachers’ College. It recruited teachers' college graduates in 1978 after the recovering of the institution of college entrance examination. In 1989, it joined Changshu Vocational University with the approval of the Jiangsu government and state education commission. CTI bid for undergraduate course in the early year 2002. In 2004, the Ministry of Education passed the bill to establish Changshu Institute of Technology. The date of May 12 is known as the school day of CTI.[3]


CIT sets 7 main specialties and provides 44 programs, including 8 specialties in Arts, 1 specialty in History, 2 specialties in Education, 1 specialty in Law, 21 specialties in Engineering, 5 specialties in Science and 6 specialties in Science, for undergraduates to study.[4]


  • Arts
  • History
  • Education
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Management


In addition, CTI established many construction sites.

Site Number
National College Characteristic Specialized Construction 1
Provincial Excellent Subject Echelon 1
Provincial Excellent Teaching Team 1
Provincial Personnel Training Pattern Experiment Base of Higher Education 1
Provincial Engineering Center 1
Provincial Key Laboratory 1
Provincial Construction Site of Experimental Teaching Demonstration 4
Provincial Brand and Characteristic Specialized Construction 6
Provincial Key Disciplines 2


  • School of Humanities
    Teaching Buildings
  • School of Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Computer Science and Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering and Automation
  • School of Management
  • School of Biology and Food Engineering
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • School of Arts and Garments Engineering
  • School of Foreign Languages
  • School of Chemistry and Materials Engineering
    Zhi Dao Building
  • School of Physics and Electronic Engineering
  • School of Marxism Studies
  • Yushan College (A private college)
  • Continuing Education School
  • College of Teacher Education
  • Department of Physical Education[5]


The library consists of Shaw library in the East Lake campus and Southeast campus library.


Shaw library is located on Lake Kuncheng with an area of more than 22,000 square meters. It has five floors. The whole building combines the style of Chinese traditional architecture with western construction. It also contains the Taoists water culture and Confucian mountain culture. In 2009, it came first in the evaluation of the university construction projects in Shaw foundation. The East Campus Library has nine floors with an area of 24,000 square meters. Southeast campus library is also located on Lake Kuncheng, across the Shaw library. The two libraries have 12 books reading rooms. They are stored with more than 1.2 million paper literature books, 3 million electronic books, 30,000 kinds of electronic journals and 1958 annual newspapers and periodicals. The library has a staff of 60 people. Two of them have doctor’s degree, three people have master's degree and 38 people have bachelor's degree. An organized and potential team with reasonable structures is being formed. With "reader first, service first"(Chinese:读者第一,服务至上) as its tenet, the library provides the open-shelf service and each reading room is equipped with reading seats and digital information resource retrieval point. The opening time is from 8:15 to 21:30 every day. It also arranges certain opening time during holidays. The library provides multi-level and full range of information services, such as preengagement of books, document delivery, SDI service. It also establishes good cooperation with some related literature institutions to share resources. All the work execute computer integrated management and realize the automation to provide a strong guarantee of literature information service. The library organizes the" Scholarly Campus" reading month activity every year and it was thought highly of in Suzhou.[6]

Friendship colleges[edit]

It concentrates on the international communication and cooperation.[8] The school also tries to enlarge the degree of internationalization. It has sent experts and professors to many countries, such as America, England, Japan, to engage in advanced studies. CIT attaches importance to the connection of local economy and education, and it wins a high social reputation. CIT also receives several foreign guests to further international communication. CIT has established cooperative relationships with many institutions of foreign countries. CTI attaches great importance to the local connection. Since reforming and opening, it strengthens academic exchanges with the outside world and dispatches experts to the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Israel, India and other countries. CTI cooperates with Winchester School of Artin University of Southampton and starts a project called" 2+2" talent training. It also cooperates with the German north Hessian Applied Technology University on the implementation of mechanical and electronic engineering and starts a plan called "3+1" talent training. After joining the "1 + 2 + 1" personnel training plan,[9] CTI signed a cooperative education agreement with six American Universities. Changshu Institute of Technology and University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management (FOM – Fachhochschule fuer Oekonomie und Management) signed MSc Economics Cooperation Agreement. It used “1+1” model and projects in three directions, including accounting and finance, marketing, marketing and communication. All courses conform to UNESCO standards; students completing the course will be awarded the Master of Arts recognized by German government and all other government around the world.[10]


The school promotes scientific research and subject construction by strengthening the teacher team. It has more than 1100 staffs now, including 600 doctors and masters. The school has established a scientific team. It devotes to scientific research and has achieved many scientific payoffs. It obtains 33 patents authorized by government and also takes nearly 100 transverse subjects. CIT teachers have published 57 monographs and 3,800 papers over the past five years. Around 600 published papers were included in SCI (Science Citation Index), EI (Engineering Index), CPCI (Conference Proceedings Citation Index) retrieval papers. Currently CIT teachers are taking charge of more than 500 research projects at national, provincial or city levels, such as The National Natural Science Fund and Agriculture Technology. CTI employs more than 50 foreign teachers (from the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Japan, Denmark, Finland) and holds the reception of foreign visitors to promote international academic exchanges.[11]

School-running Concept[edit]

Academic Exchange Center

The school stick to centring on school teaching and basic development. It also contribute to reform the training mode and improve the teaching quality. CTI takes the responsibility of two national teaching reform projects and twenty provincial teaching reform projects. It won the first or second prizes in six provincial teaching achievements. The school has always attached importance to the construction of the school spirit and the style of study. It also pays great attention to the education quality and standardizes the educational management work. CTI is listed as the university spirit construction standard units. It has been rewarded as Jiang Su Civilized School since 1997 and in 2009, it was rewarded as Suzhou Harmony School. It has made agreements on the cooperation of running schools with 6 colleges in America. CIT is inclined to develop to a high quality school with distinguishing features. CTI adheres to develop with the local and regional economy. At the same time, the school attaches great importance to the international cooperation and accelerates the internationalization degree. Since reforming and opening, the school has sent several experts, scholars to the United States, Britain, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Israel, India and other countries for training. In June 2007, CTI held the first party congress and put forward clearly to carry out the strategy of building a "quality, characteristic, talent, open and prospering" school. It devotes to the connotation construction and school transformation. The school also focuses on promoting harmonious campus construction and creating a distinctive characteristics university brand.

Financial Aid[edit]

CIT pays great attention to assist the poor students and forms a complete system. It opens up "the green channel" for particularly poor students and also provides students loans. At the same time, CTI offers some part-time jobs in college. It sets nearly 20 different kinds of scholarships with some famous enterprises, such as Zhongchen, Changfang and Sharp Corporation. The scholarships range from 1,000 to 4,000 RMB. Besides, CTI also set freshman scholarship for new students and the reward is up to 10,000 RMB.[12] On 11 November, Changshu Institute Of Technology, together with Changshu human resources and social security Administration, establishes the "Changshu University Employment Guidance Station". It will offer the introduction of employment policy, entrepreneurship training and employment services.[13]

Employment Of Students[edit]

The high quality of students meets the requirement of the provincial economy and social development. The employment rate is around 95%. It also sets up Students Career Center[14] About two-thirds graduates work in Shanghai or Suzhou and most of them are thought highly of by the enterprises. and opens employment guidance courses every year to help graduates to find suitable jobs. CTI invites distinguished entrepreneurs to make speeches on employment and answer questions of graduates. In 2006, the college built a strategic partnership of co-ordination with The United States Xinda energy equipment limited company (in Changshu). The company becomes a base of employment practice and holds job fairs periodically.[15] In order to Improve the comprehensive quality, CTI held “Flea market" and" food street” and many students took part in it. Student Council donated the income to Qinghai Yushu earthquake disaster area.[16]


  • Professor Xu Ting, Secretary of CIT Party Committee
  • Professor FU Dayou, President of CIT
  • Professor Liu Huamin, Deputy Secretary of CIT Party Committee
  • Professor Zhu Shizhong, Vice President of CIT
  • Professor Zhu Linshen, Vice President of CIT
  • Professor Chen Jianhua, Vice President of CIT
  • Professor Ding Xiaoyuan, Vice President of CIT
  • Professor Shen Zonggen, Vice President of CIT
  • Professor Dai Guohong, Vice President of CIT.[17]



CTI provides a good environment for students. It also focuses on the environmental protection. On 12 August 2010, Changshu Institute of Technology carried out "low carbon life, to create a model city in environmental protection". Students carried out activities to raise national attention in environmental protection. They introduced the low carbon life knowledge and gave out more than 1000 materials. It appealed to people to participate in creating the national environmental protection model city.[18]