Hubei University of Technology was originally established in 1952. In 1984, Hubei Institute of Light Industry merged with Hubei Academy of Agricultural Machinery to form Hubei Polytechnic University, and was renamed as Hubei University of Technology (HBUT) in 2004. HBUT is a key development university of Hubei Province, HBUT has been assessed as “a high level, standard-setting, and backbone university of the province’s higher education system” by the Party Committee and the Provincial Government of Hubei Province. In 1986, HBUT earned the qualification to confer Master’s degrees, and won the title “the university with an excellent graduate employment rate” in 2010. In 2014, it attained Tier 1 university status. In 2012 and 2016, it successively entered membership of the National Basic Ability Construction Project of Western and Central China Higher Educational Institutions.
HBUT holds to the opening-up of its operations and has seen continuous development of the internationalization of education. As honored “Hubei Provincial Advanced Organization for Intensifying Opening-up”, it has established cooperative relationships with more than 80 universities, colleges and research institutes from more than a dozen countries and regions such as the USA, Germany, France, the UK, and Taiwan. It has started 8 international cooperative programs of undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with approximately 1300 full-time students. Additionally, HBUT has enrolled more than 800 overseas students and 50 standing foreign faculty members are studying and working at HBUT. HBUT has established 9 international joint scientific research platforms (centers), such as Phillips Hydrophilic Colloid Research Center of Hubei University of Technology, Sino-American Energy Research Center of Hubei University of Technology, Sino-French Civic Sustainable Development Platform of Hubei University of Technology and so on.