Southwest Petroleum University

Southwest  Petroleum University (SWPU), the second petroleum university in the People's  Republic of China, was founded in 1958, andis now administered and supported  by  Chinese central government and Sichuan province local government,  with the latter playing a biggerrole.

SWPU  has 16 schools, 1  Photo voltaic Industry and Technology Research Institute, 1 Institute of New  Energy and UnconventionalOil and Gas, and  1 engineering training center. There are 8 subjectgroups: science, engineering,  management, economics, arts, law, education and artistics. 65  programs under those subject groups are  qualified to  recruit undergraduates; 4 first-levelprograms and 24 second-level programs are  authorized to offer doctoral degrees. 18  first-level programs and 86 second-level programsare authorized to offer  master’s degrees.  Thereare 4 postdoctoral research stations, 1  first-level program and 3 second-level programs, which are all recognized as  national key programs.

This  university contains2  state-level teachers’ teams, 3 state-level experimental teaching demonstration  centers,  2 state-level experimental  teaching centers of virtual simulation,and  3 innovators’ teams supported by “Program  for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University” of China’s  Ministry of Education.

This  university has a staff of 2,412,of  whom 230 are full professors, senior engineers and other senior professionals,  and 574 are associate professors, associate senior engineers and other associate  senior professionals. There are 1,664  full-time  teachers, including 2 Chinese Academy of Engineering  academicians,  3 State  Council Academic Degrees Committee members,  2 “National Science Fund for DistinguishedYoung Scholars” receivers, 3  Distinguished  “Changjiang Scholars Program” Professors,  2 “Sichuan Spire Talents Training Project”candidates, and 8 “New Century  Hundred-Thousand-Ten Thousand Talents  Project” candidates.

SWPU  has 111 scientific research bases on all levels,which have  undertaken  2,679 government  research projects and 3,757  petroleum  industry sponsored research projects since the initiation of China’s  12th  Five-YearPlan. SWPU has been awarded the grand prize and first prize of  “NationalScience and Technology Progress” and the second prize of “National  Science and Technology Progress and Invention”, totaling 133 times; the  university  has been awarded state-level teaching achievement prizes and ministerial-level  teaching achievement prizes, the former amountingto 8 times while the latter 84  times.

For  academic exchanges and research collaboration, SWPU has established close ties  with universities and academic research institutionsin the United States,  Russia, Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, etc.  

SWPU  has two campuses, one in Chengdu and the other in Nanchong,covering an area of  over 200  ha.  The current student body on the two campuses includes26,490  undergraduates, 3,801  graduates,  715 PhD candidates and 49 international students. So far SWPU has produced more  than 146,000  bachelors, masters and doctors, many of whom havee stablished themselves as  preeminent specialists and scholars, great statesmen,successful entrepreneurs,  or technological and managerial backbones in various  fields.

In  the spirit of “fuel up our country and gas up ournation”, and in keeping with  the motto of “righteous deed, persistent quest,extensive learning and creative  mind”, SWPU has formulated a “second-time  pioneering strategy”  to achieve the goals of becoming a first-class university in China and getting  the leading-edge programs recognized worldwide before celebrating her  100thanniversary.

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