Kunming University of Science and Technology

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Kunming University of Science and Technology
Kunming University of Science and Technology logo.png
Motto 明德任责、致知力行
Type public university
Established 1954
President Zhou Rong
Academic staff
Undergraduates 27000 (2011)
Postgraduates 8000 (2011)
Location Kunming, Yunnan, China
Campus Lianhua, Xinying and Chenggong
Website www.kmust.edu.cn

Kunming University of Science and Technology (KMUST) (昆明理工大学) is in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, Southwestern China.[1]

As the goal by 2010, KUST was to become a key university with a strong science and engineering background. The university is to be developed into an important provincial training base for advanced technical personnel, a research base for applied fundamental research and hi-tech research, an industrialization base for hi-tech, and a research and consulting center for the national social and economic development.

Yunnan University Science Park (YNUSP) was established as an experimental site of University Science Park in 1999 and was awarded the status of national university science park in May 2001. The park is supported by Yunnan University, Kunming University of Science & Technology and Yunnan Normal University.


As the largest university in Yunnan Province and one of the well-known universities in China, the earliest departments of KUST started admitting undergraduate students for Bachelor's degrees in March 1925. KUST became an independent public higher education institution in September 1954. In October 1999, based on a decision made by Yunnan Provincial Government and approved by the Education Ministry of China, the former KUST and Yunnan Polytechnic University (founded in 1974) amalgamated into a new and much larger university under the name of Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST).


With the current 20 faculties (schools) covering the fields ranging from science, engineering and economics to administration, arts, law and education, KUST offers a complete list of degree programs including Ph.D., MS., MSEng., MEng, MA, BS, BSEng and BA, as well as programs including post-doctorate, preparatory, continuing education, vocational training and Chinese language training for international students.


KUST recruits students from all over China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In addition, KUST is authorized to recruit international students for degree programs ranging from Bachelor to Master and Ph.D. There are about 28,000 students studying at KUST; among them nearly 2,000 were graduate students (2004).

KUST offers 64 Bachelor programs, 49 Master programs and eight Ph.D. program areas. There are three state-authorized post-doctoral stations, one state-level key academic subject, and 14 province-level key academic subjects.


The staff numbers about 3,700 including academic and non-academic ones. Nearly 1,100 are professors and associate professors, and about 1,600 are full-time teaching staff. There is one academician of China Academy of Engineering working for KUST and there are 17 academicians of China Academy of Science and of China Academy of Engineering jointly working for KUST.

Campuses and facilities[edit]

KUST is composed of three campuses, Chenggong, Lianhua,and Xinying. All are in Kunming City, occupying an area of about 120 hectares. The buildings on the campuses occupy over 730,000 square meters, and many important construction projects are in progress.

The university library has about 1.7 million volumes of books and periodicals, and the library is authorized as a state-level research documents collection unit. KUST has founded a state-level engineering research center, two provincial and/or ministerial level test stations, two research and development centers, two key laboratories of provincial level and one class-A design and research institute. There are 32 research institutes, 13 research laboratories and 13 research centers.

Exchange and cooperation[edit]


The university has ties with over 100 domestic local governments, institutions of higher education and research, as well as enterprises. The research activities in KUST play an important and critical role in Yunnan Province as well as in the southwest region of China. For the past two years,[when?] the increment of the research fund for KUST took a proportion of over two-thirds in the total increment for all the universities in Yunnan Province.


It has established cooperative and exchange relationships with nearly 70 universities in about 30 countries. One is Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.[2]


As of 2015:

  • Faculty of Land Resource Engineering
  • Faculty of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electric Power Engineering
  • Faculty of Information Engineering and Automation
  • Faculty of Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Biological and Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Transportation Engineering
  • Faculty of Modern Agricultural Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Foreign Languages and Cultures
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Management and Economics
  • Faculty of Continuing Education
  • Faculty of Applied Technology
  • Faculty of Physical Education
  • Jinqiao College
  • Chuxiong College of Applied Technology
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of International Education


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