Huazhong University of Science and Technology was established as the Huazhong Institute of Technology in 1952.
In the year 2000 it merged with the Wuhan Urban Construction Institute Tongji Medical University and adopted its current name.
HUST is located in Wuhan, capital city of the Hubei Province, on the banks of the Yangtze River. Its main campus sits in a scenic spot near the East Lake, while its medical campus is based on the other side of the river, in the central business district of Hankou.
The university offers courses in 12 broad academic areas including: economics; education; philosophy; law; history; literature; agriculture; engineering; management; medicine; and the arts.
The institution houses more than 10 state-level research platforms, including the Center for Gravitational Experiments and the Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics.
HUST has four libraries: the Old Library, the Shaw Library (also known as the New Library), the Architecture Library and a Medical Library.
The Old library was built in the 1950s and resembles the architecture of the Soviet Union, while the The Shaw Library, built in the 1990s, is more modern. It was funded by Sir Run Run Shaw, a philanthropist who made his money in the entertainment industry. It houses more than 30 reading rooms, along with a multi-media centre.
HUST is known as the “university in the forest”, because its 470 hectare campus is so green.
Notable alumni of the university include Olympic gold medal-winning tennis player Li Ting, Australian and French Open winner Li Na, and former Chinese health minister Qian Xinzhong.