Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) was founded in 1920 and in 1954 was designated one of the six National Key Universities by the Chinese ministry of higher education, the only one that was situated outside Beijing.
class universities in the 21st century. In 2009, HIT was recognised as one of the members of the C9 League, a group of leading Chinese universities, cementing its elite status within Chinese higher education.
With science, engineering and research at its core, HIT offers over 2,000 undergraduate and 1,900 postgraduate courses, for its 40,000 plus student body. Set over three campuses in Harbin, Weihai and the graduate school in Shenzhen, students are served by over 2,900 full-time academic staff.
HIT is an institution very much at the forefront of Chinese innovation and currently has over 20 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. It is one of the key Chinese institutions for astronautics, and was the first Chinese university to fully develop and launch a satellite. It has since launched two more.
It is also a highly international institution with cooperation agreements with universities in over 125 countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Russia.
Besides its academic prowess, the university has fed into Chinese society through its graduates, with a number assuming leadership positions in the Communist Party of China and governments at different levels.