Zhongyuan University of Technology (ZUT), formerly known as Zhengzhou Textile Institute, was founded in 1955. Originally affiliated to the former Ministryof Textile Industry（currently known as China Textile Association）, ZUT was transferred to the administration of Henan Province in 2000. Since its establishment, ZUT has been focusing on textiles and apparel, and multi-disciplinary in engineering, management, literature,science, economics, law, philosophy, history, art and other disciplines.
ZUT has three campuses — the Longhu Campus, Zhongyuan Campus and West Campus with a total area of 1,610 mu (107 hectares). ZUT has a building area of 686,700 square meters and a library collection of 4,414,200 volumes.The total value of its teaching and research facilities adds up to 463 millionyuan. There are 1827 staff members，consisted of 1234 full-timeteachers, 540 of which are professional level staff and 418 with PhD qualifications, 6 national-level Excellent Teachers, 1 National Model Teacher, and 20 with receiving special allowances of the State Council for Distinguished Contribution as national young and middle-aged experts. There are 6 Provincial Subject Leaders, 8 Provincial Prominent Educators, 8 Provincial ExcellentTeachers, 6 special chair professors, 17 Teaching and research team at the provincial level or above.
ZUT has 20 schools and departments offering 60 undergraduate programs and 44 master programs.There are 10 Provincial Key Disciplines in the university.The five-discipline cluster ofNew Materials and High-end Equipment for Textile and Clothingis a Provincial Distinctive Discipline Cluster.ZUT also has a ProvincialIndustrial Training Center and a Provincial University Science and TechnologyPark.
Holding high quality standards in its education ZUT hascarried out teaching reforms to nurture students’ capacity for original,rigorous, and critical thinking and cultivate students with all-round development and professional skills. In May 2016, it successfully passed the Undergraduate Program Quality Review conducted by the Ministry of Education. Four undergraduate programs are awarded with the honor of National-level Distinctive Programs, 1 National-level Comprehensive Reform Pilot Program, 1 National-level Practical Teaching Center. There are also provincial-leveldistinctive programs, laboratories, training centers as well as courses in theuniversity. In recent three years 9 teaching research projects have won firstprize and above of provincial achievement awards. ZUT students have won manyprizes in various national competition events for college students, such as the Challenge Cup Competition, Mathematical Contest in Modeling, Electronic DesignCompetition, Mechanical Innovation Design Competition, etc. The students’remarkable performances in the National Undergraduate Engineering Training Comprehensive Ability Competition makes ZUT one of the three universities acrossthe country that won the first prize in five consecutive years. ZUT has rankedfirst in Henan universities in terms of the number of prizes in the 2017 National Electronic Design Competition for College Students and the 14th NationalGraduate Mathematical Modeling Competition. Students of Industrial DesignProgram have twice won the German Red Dot Design Award. Students of FashionDesign Programhave won the New DesignersAward,topaward ofthe National Fashion Design Competition for College Students. Asa result, ZUT graduates are very popular with the society and enterprises andenjoy good reputation in their practical ability and creativity. The employmentrate keeps above 90% in recent three years.
ZUT focuses on scientific research and boasts 36 national andprovincial key laboratories and research centers, including the State-LocalJoint Laboratory for Efficient and Precise Diamond Sawing and Cutting Techniques,Henan Textile and Apparel Industry Collaborative Innovation Center,Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Functional Textile Materials, Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Functional Salt, Henan Provincial Engineering Laboratory of Image Analysis and Machine Vision,Henan Provincial Research Center of Heat-pumping Air-conditioning Engineering, Henan Provincial Research Center of DiamondCarbon Composites Engineering Technology, etc. Since 2011 ZUT teachers have under taken over 1500 research projects and made land mark achievements. At thenational level there are 135 National Natural Science Foundation Projects, 22 National Social Science Foundation Projects, 4 National Science and Technology Key Projectsand 3 sub-projects of National Key Research and Development Plan. At the provincial level there are over 500 projects in natural scienceand 160 projects in social sciences as well as 413 projects for industries andenterprises. Altogether 112 projects have received national and provincial awards, including 2 second prizes of the National Scienceand Technology Progress Award, 1 first prize of the Provincial Scienceand Technology Progress Award and 2 first prizes of Henan SocialScience Outstanding Achievement Award. 1,532 research papers have been includedin SCI, EI and ISTP, 560 books have been published and 625 patents of inventionhave been authorized. ZUT has 1 Provincial Innovation and Entrepreneurship Baseand 1 Provincial Incubation Center.
Being globally oriented, ZUT is one of the first group of universities in Henan Province to conduct academic exchange and cooperationwith overseas universities. ZUT enjoys a long history of exchange and cooperation with universities from UK, Russia and Taiwan. There are 9 jointprograms with the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan Universityand Unitec Institute of Technology of New Zealand. Since 2002 hundreds ofstudents have taken advantage of the programs and pursued their studies in world-renowned universities. In 2017 Zhongyuan-Petersburg Aviation College, a non-independent legal entity jointly-run by ZUT and Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, was approved to start its enrollment by the Ministryof Education. Up to now ZUT has established links with such universities as DeakinUniversity ( Australia ),University of Florence(Italy), University of Bremen(Germany), Missouri University of Science and Technology (America), Universityof Mysore (India), King Juan Carlos University (Spain), etc. ZUT is the home toHenan Education Association for International Exchanges. ZUT hosted the 7th National Annual Conference of Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools, and was elected as an executive director university of Research Branch of Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools of China Association of Higher Education. ZUT also hosted the 3rd InternationalTravel Conference (China) on Logistics Management and Engineering as well as theInternational Academic Conference on Industrial Fibers and Textiles. ZUT and Bremen University jointly set up an International Research Center for Logistics Management and Engineering. What’s more, ZUT offers Chinese lessons and master’sdegrees for overseas students from Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and other Belt-and-Road countries.
For the future ZUT has made a three-step strategic plan. The firststep is to upgrade the level of scientific research and accomplish the transformation from a teaching-orientated university to a teaching and research university by 2020. The second step is to further enhance its distinctive features in talent cultivation and obtain the authorization to offer doctoraldegrees by 2035. The third step is to develop into a key and leading university with unique characteristics in the country by 2050.