A Brief Introduction


Approved by the Ministry of Education of PRC and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, College of Science and Technology (CST), Ningbo University is a comprehensive university offering undergraduate education. As a pioneer in higher education reform of Zhejiang, CST was established in April, 1999 as the first state-owned and private-run secondary college. In November 2004, it was listed as one of the first batch of independent colleges in Zhejiang Province by Ministry of Education. In December of the same year, it won the top rating in the inspection of university facilities and teaching quality organized by Ministry of Education. In 2010, it was awarded as “National Advanced Independent College”. In September, 2019, it moved from Zhenhai District to Cixi City and started a new chapter in growth and development. In 2024, CST ranked top 4 among all the independent colleges in our country in Alumni association list.

Following the development trends of modern science and technology and the needs of local economy and society, CST boasts 10 subordinate schools (including School of Humanities, School of Information Engineering, School of Economics and Law/E-commerce, School of Management, School of Design and Art, School of Life Sciences and Materials Chemistry, School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, School of Basic Education /Marxism and school of Continuing Education), and 45 undergraduate programs under 9 disciplines, forming a complete and comprehensive system of disciplines and subjects. Adhering to the “student-centered” concept, CST aims to cultivate application-oriented talents with both academic and practical competence. Currently, there are near 15,000 full-time undergraduate students on campus as a result of enrolling new students nationwide. Over the years, CST has excelled at the employment rate of graduates, the results of competitions at all levels, and the passing rate of TEM4, etc. In year 2023, students won the top grand prize and second prize in Challenge Cup National College Students’ Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Works Contest. It also won the gold medal in China International College Student Innovation Competition for three consecutive years, leading similar universities nationwide in terms of performance.

CST adopts a developmental approach of application-orientation, regionalization and distinction. Since it relocated to Cixi, CST has taken the initiative to get engaged in local economy, and integrated industry with education by actively exploring and practicing the “Two-wheel Drive” mode. That is, by constructing high-level modern industrial institutes and research centers, to promote education, talents training, scientific research, local services and so on. The successive establishment of industrial institutes and industry-education integration alliances, such as “Bull Institute”, “Cixing Smart Industry Institute” , totally 10 industrial institutes, 16 industrial classes, 2 engineering classes, 355 training and practice bases, together opens a distinctive new path for school-enterprise cooperation. Since the "14th Five-Year Plan", CST has secured approval of 2 provincial support modern industry colleges, 1 production-education integration alliance, 2 demonstration bases, 2 engineering projects, and 4 provincial collaborative education projects, achieving the "Grand Slam" in the field of provincial platform project of production-education integration; Additionally 47 projects were approved by the Ministry of Education for industry-university collaborative education and supply-demand docking for employment education, and 3 typical cases were approved by the China Higher Education Association for "University-Enterprise Cooperation, the ‘Double Hundred’ Policy". This college running pattern and achievements have been reported frequently by CCTV News, China Education Daily, Zhejiang Daily and other mainstream media, playing a good demonstration and leading role. Meanwhile, CST has established high-level research institutes such as the Institute of Applied Technology and the Institute of Regional Economy and Social Development. Collaborations with high-tech enterprises such as Ningbo Zhongda Leader Intelligent Transmission Co., Ltd. , Ningbo Tiansheng Sealing Packing Co.,Ltd., Ningbo No.2 Hospital, and College of Electromechanical Engineering of Harbin Engineering University have led to joint laboratories, the Medical-Engineering Intelligent Manufacturing Research Center and collaborative innovation centers generally six in all. Partnerships have also been formed with “Smart Home Town” to establish the Smart Home Science & Technology Education Innovation Zone; Alibaba for developing the Ningbo Home Appliance Trust Blockchain Platform; Gansu Provincial Foreign Affairs Office Translation Center for establishing "Translation along the Silk Road - Translation Research & Language Service Center." The college is currently undertaking six major projects under Ningbo's "Science & Technology Innovation 2025" program alongside two key research initiatives under Ningbo's Priority Research & Development Plan ("Open bidding for selecting the best candidates" Program). Furthermore,it has received approval for scientific & technological innovation platforms such as Zhejiang Province's Intelligent Home Appliance Industry Brain; Zhejiang Province's Research Base for Soft Sciences; Ningbo’s University Collaborative Innovation Center; as well as Ningbo’s Industrial Internet Demonstration Platform. The college continues to deepen multi-faceted cooperation at various levels between academia-government-industry sectors in order to empower industrial development while fostering a win-win situation. Moreover,the college actively promotes open education by optimizing its layout through resource consolidation while enhancing international exchange programs, which steadily improves its ability for internationalization.  

CST has been actively promoting international exchange and education, constantly expanding cooperation with overseas institutions and universities and seeking for further cooperation partners. It's joint Bachelor’s Program of Advertising with Juniata College in the USA, was officially been approved by the Ministry of Education. Meanwhile, the Spanish Language and Culture Center has settled in our college; the first International Chinese Language Training Center in Ningbo has been established. Until present, the College has maintained exchange and cooperation relations with over 40 universities or institutions located in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and other countries, carrying out all-round cooperation projects like joint running of schools,bachelor-master and credit recognition programs. 

CST is in an important period of deep transformation and development. Departing from today, It will firmly establish itself in Cixi, will continue to dream big and keep its feet on the ground, and will forge ahead towards its aim of building up a high-level application-oriented university with own characteristics.

(Data as of March 2024)