A Brief Introduction

College of Science and Technology (CST), Ningbo University (NBU), a fulltime regular higher learning institution offering undergraduate level degree education, is established by Ningbo University with the permission of the Chinese Ministry of Education and Zhejiang People’s government. It was founded on April, 1999 and has its own legal entity. As a pilot in the reform of Zhejiang’s higher learning education system, CST was the first state-owned secondary college run by non-governmental sectors. On November, 2004, CST was recognized as one of the first batch of Zhejiang’s independent colleges by the Chinese Ministry of Education. In the same year, CST won the highest grade in the inspection of school-running facilities and teaching quality organized by the Ministry of Education on December. On July, 2010, CST was honored with the title of “National Excellent Independent College”.

Basing on the developing trend of modern science and technology and the demand of local business and social development, CST decides on its major setting and currently has six secondary schools: School of Humanities, School of Information Engineering, School of Law and Business, School of Art and Design, School of Life Science and Medicine and the School of Mechanics and Architecture. There are 36 undergraduate programs covering the field of economics, law, education, literature, management, science, engineering and medicine, which form a complete, rationally constructed major setting-up system. CST recruits students from all over China and has up to 10,000 full-time students. The board of directors appoints a dean to manage the college and the president of NBU is the chairman of the board.

CST is located in the Ningbo’s North Higher Education park which is in Zhenhai District, a place honored to be the “ the State of Culture, the Land of Business”. CST is adjacent to Ningbo University, the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering of Chinese Academy of Science, Ningbo Engineering College, and Zhejiang Textile and Fashion College. Ningbo Bang Culture Park and Ningbo Bang Museum are just beside CST. In this area, which is abundant of business culture and education resources, there came out important Ningbo Bang figures like “Ship King of the World” Bao Yugang and “Film Titan” Shao Yifu. There are 26 academicians in Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering from Zhenhai. CST has its own independent beautiful campus. Yet, as an integrated part of NBU’s campus which is closely connected to CST’s campus, CST also shares the campus culture and academic atmosphere of NBU. CST has two campuses: the north one and the west one, which cover an area of 503 mu. Now, CST has 260,000 square meters of school building areas.

CST is a national experimental zone for the innovation of talents cultivation model and a supporting base for national college students KAB entrepreneur education. Since its foundation, CST adheres to the philosophy of “student-oriented education” and insists its teaching idea of “Be the service of Ningbo and Serve the Yangtze River delta”. To meet the talents demand of the economic developments of local areas, CST endeavors to train applied graduates with two strengths: strength in self studying and strength in practice. Over the years, the employment rates, the awards from all kind of academic competitions, and the passing rate of TEM 4 (Test for English Majors) rank high among similar colleges.

CST has a reasonably constructed teaching staff that possesses both integrity and ability. There are lots of well equipped academic laboratories. In Ningbo’s National University Science and Technology Park, CST has 4,500 square meters of researching, teaching and producing center which is an ideal platform for teacher and students to carry out cooperation and to train applied people.

CST puts high emphasis on international cooperation. It has established cooperation relationship with more ten oversea higher learning institutions, such as University of Derby, Davenport University, University of Western Sydney, and Dae-bul University. Through students exchange programs, 2+2 programs and graduate programs, CST provides students lots of chances to study abroad. 

Delegations from provincial and municipal levels and lots of specialists have visited our college. All the visitors have given high praises in CST’s innovation of talents cultivation model and its outcomes. Media reports of all level have published articles about CST’s schooling characteristics, such as China Central Television, Guangming Daily, China Education Daily, Zhejiang Daily and Ningbo Daily.

CST is one of the new colleges that come out in China’s higher education reform and development and is the pathfinder for Zhejiang-style independent colleges. Facing the new situations in higher education reform and development, CST will keep forging ahead, innovating teaching model and fostering schooling characteristics so that it will a top-ranking independent college in China.