Wuhan Institute of Technology , originally named as Hubei Petrochemical Institute was under the administration of Hubei Province when it was established in June 1972 . It was renamed to Wuhan Institute of Chemical Technology (WICT) and was put under the administration of the former Ministry of Chemical Industry of the Central Government in March 1980 with the permission of the former Ministry of Education . As a result of the readjustment of the management system for colleges in July 1998, WICT has been put under the joint administration of central and local authorities with the stress on the latter. The university was renamed as Wuhan Institute of Technology ( WIT) with the approval of the Ministry of Education and Hubei Provincial Government in February 2006. In November the same year, WIT received the national evaluation launched by the Ministry of Education of China ，on undergraduate teaching quality and WIT won an A , the top grade of the evaluation. After 37 years’ endeavor, the university has become a multi-disciplinary university with its own characteristics, fine teaching environment, and advanced research level.
WIT offers different academic programmes to three levels of students including undergraduates, postgraduates, and junior college students who come from 30 provinces , autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government . Presently, there are more than 18,318 full-time students in the university, among whom there are 1,084 postgraduates, 15,363 undergraduates, 1,419 junior college students(students having adult education). Upon their successful completion of schooling , the students are awarded bachelor’s degree or master degree and corresponding diplomas.
There are 14 subordinate schools, one department and one research institute and one independent( attached) college. There are 48 specialties classified into 6 categories, namely engineering, science, management, economics, arts and law, with engineering, management and science as the key disciplines, all of which cover more than 3 subordinate disciplines. Wuhan Institute of Technology boasts 1 national level excellent course, 1 national level distinguishing specialty, 6 Hubei Provincial-level brand specialties , 15 provincial-level key disciplines; among those, 11 specialties have been appraised as Chutian Scholar Disciplines by the provincial government( these disciplines have the right to employ scholars around the world ,which is financially sponsored by the local government). The university also has 24 master degree programs and 5 doctorate degree programmes co-offered with other research institutes and universities , granted by Hubei province.
Now the university has 1793 faculty and staff, among them, there are 1115 teachers and scientific researchers, 530 persons have senior professional titles, 134 professors. There are 964 full-time teachers, of whom 46.5% have senior professional titles. Among them there are 134 professors, 317 associate professors, 167 doctors of philosophy which accounts for 17.3% of the total teaching staff , 521 masters of science and arts, 69.7% of the total number of teachers. Among the teachers, one has been selected into the list of the National Project : “Thousands of Talents”; one has obtained the national outstanding youth fund for science; 2 have been selected as candidates of Talent Project of New Century of the Ministry of Education of China, 29 have been chosen as Hubei High-level Talents of the New Century ; 2 as Famous Teachers of Hubei Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), 5 outstanding teachers above provincial level; 40 teachers enjoy the State Department’s allowance and Provincial government’s allowance; 17 middle-aged and young experts have made outstanding contributions to the provincial level; One is the receiver of Outstanding Youth Fund of the Ministry of Education of China; 6 professors are specially employed as “Chutian Scholar project ” professors, and 1 “Chutian Scholar”.
In order to optimize the structure of the faculty and improve the quality of research and teaching , WIT has employed 8 professors from abroad as special guest professors of “WIT Scholar Project”，offered the positions of “ WIT Talents” to 5 professors. There established 16 undergraduate teaching teams, 8 scientific research teams, and 5 academic innovation teams . In addition, the university has invited 83 famous experts and scholars from home and abroad to be honorary or guest professors, among whom 10 are academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences in other countries.
Wuhan Institute of Technology has two campuses: Wuchang and Liufang , and covers 1527mu(252acre), with the constructive area of school building of 74,000 square meters and a fixed asset of RMB790 million yuan. There are 3 400-meter standard fields and track playground, 2 standard swimming pools, 68 playgrounds including basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis, 50 multimedia classrooms, 17 language laboratories, and 49 teaching-based laboratories. The total value of teaching equipment is worth RMB114 million yuan. The library in WIT, crowned as “the Prominent Library” in the colleges and universities of Hubei and “Document Collection Unit at Research Level of Hubei Province”. preserves all types of books ,all kinds of publications and electronic publications up to 1,18 million volumes and 370,000 volumes respectively.