Harbin Institute of Technology
哈尔滨工业大学 (Chinese)
Motto in English
Rigor and Mastery
Established1920; 104 years ago (1920)
PresidentHan Jiecai
Academic staff
Campus1,060.823 acres (429.300 ha)
AffiliationsC9 League
Excellence League
Sino-Spanish University Alliance (SSU)
Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance (GHMUA)
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese哈尔滨工业大学
Traditional Chinese哈爾濱工業大學

The Harbin Institute of Technology (哈尔滨工业大学; HIT) is a public science and engineering university in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. It is now affiliated with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The university is part of Project 211, Project 985, and the Double First-Class Construction.

The university was founded in 1920 as Harbin Sino-Russia Industrial School. Besides the main campus in Harbin, the university operates two satellite campuses in Shenzhen, Guangdong (as Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen) and in Weihai, Shandong (as Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai).[1] The university is a member of the C9 League.


The main building of Harbin Institute of Technology

Key honors include the following:[2][3]

University system and campuses

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One University, Three Campuses

In 1985 HIT established a new campus in Weihai; then in 2000 Harbin University of Architecture merged into HIT in Harbin. In 2002 HIT found a new graduate school in Shenzhen. These three campuses form the Greater HIT structure.

Harbin Campus (Main Campus)

The institute's main building is a smaller version of the main building of the Lomonosov Moscow State University with the majority of the buildings constructed during the time of Sino-Soviet friendship from 1949 to 1959 when the Soviet Union were actively involved in the development of Northeast China. The School of Architecture is located on No.66 of XiDazhi Street, near the Main Building. It originally belonged to HIT; however, when HIT was divided into three institutes in 1959, it was used by the Harbin Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute. After the integration of Harbin University of Architecture (formerly Harbin Architectural and Civil engineering Institute) into HIT, the building was renamed the "Civil Building", although it houses the school of architecture.

The No.2 campus in Harbin was originally a campus of the Harbin University of Architecture. All undergraduate students have spent their first year at this campus since 2003. School shuttles between two campuses are provided free of charge.

Weihai Campus

Main article: Harbin Institute of Technology (Weihai)

Weihai campus is located in Weihai's Torch Hi-Tech Science Park, a scenic seaside city on the Jiaodong Peninsula.

The campus, along with the picturesque scenery and mild climate, adjoins the sea (Golden Beach) and is surrounded by mountains. It is ranked in the best 50 universities in satisfaction degree in China.[6] It now covers totally 1,560,000 square metres (16,800,000 sq ft), with a construction area of 383,000 m2 (4,120,000 sq ft).

HIT, Weihai now has 10 schools and 1 department, 10,466 undergraduate students, 542 master students, 110 Ph.D. candidates, 89 international students, and 861 staff members, including 97 professors and 219 associate professors. HIT, Weihai provides 37 bachelor programs and shares HIT's 22 master programs and 18 doctoral programs, with the same HIT educational standards. Complementing to the Harbin campus, HIT, Weihai has developed with the characteristic disciplines such as Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, Automotive Engineering, and the highlights in the domains of Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Electric Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Material Science and Engineering.[7]

Shenzhen Campus

Main article: Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen)

Shenzhen Campus

Along with Tsinghua University and Peking University's graduate schools, the HIT Shenzhen Graduate School occupies 0.17 square kilometres (0.066 sq mi) of space within Shenzhen University Town. The Shenzhen Campus covers a total floor space of 73,700 square metres (793,000 sq ft) including teaching, research, administration, conference centers, student housing, and cafeteria. Additional space of approximately 53,500 square metres (576,000 sq ft) is under construction.

Administration and organization

Harbin Institute of Technology is organized into 20 full-time schools, which hold 73 undergraduate degree programs, 143 master programs, and 81 doctorate programs. Though most of HIT's schools focus on science and engineering, several schools offer courses in humanities, social sciences, and management. HIT does not have agriculture or medical school.


HIT operates on a year-round schedule that includes both a fall, a spring, and a summer semester. Winter and summer holidays are scheduled to occur between semesters. During vacation periods, the dormitories and select dining halls remain open for students.


The Harbin campus of HIT offers 86 undergraduate degrees across its eighteen schools along with 41 master programs, 29 doctoral programs and 24 post-doctoral research programs.[8][9][10]

As of 2019, there were 15,675 undergraduate students, 6,518 doctoral students and 9,680 master graduate students at the Harbin campus, including 1,984 international students from 128 countries and regions.[11]

General Rankings

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[12]101-150 (2020)
CWUR World[13]184 (2023)
QS World[14]217 (2023)
THE World[15]168 (2024)
THE Reputation[16]101 (2023)
USNWR Global[17]196 (2023)
Regional – Overall
THE Emerging Economies[18]26 (2020)
USNWR Asia[19]27 (2022)
National – Overall
BCUR National[20]10 (2019)

Nationally, HIT is consistently ranked among China's top-10 research comprehensive universities and ranked No.1 in Northeast China region,[21] which includes the province of Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang with a combination of more than 100 million population.[22]

HIT was ranked 10th in China and 158th worldwide in 2023 in terms of aggregate performance from the three most widely observed university rankings (THE+ARWU+QS) as reported by the Aggregate Ranking of Top Universities.[23]

For 2022, HIT was ranked 196 by U.S. News & World Report,[17] # 184 by the Center for World University Rankings,[24] and 217 by QS World University Rankings.[25] In 2020, it was ranked in the 101-150 band by Academic Ranking of World Universities.[26]

Internationally, HIT is regarded as one of the most reputable Chinese universities by the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings where it ranked 101th globally.[27] HIT graduates are highly desired worldwide, with its Graduate Employability rankings placed at # 143 globally in the 2021 Global Employability University Ranking by Times Higher Education.[28]

Subject rankings

Research at Harbin Institute of Technology spans a broad range of topics with a strong focus on engineering sciences.[29] HIT has been ranked in the top 10 Best Global Universities for Engineering by the U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Ranking since the ranking’s inception in 2014 by the US News & World Reports.[29][30] As of 2022, it is ranked 5th globally in Engineering.[31]

Global Subject Rankings by ARWU 2023 Rank[32]
Instruments Science & Technology 1
Biotechnology 4
Aerospace Engineering 5
Mechanical Engineering 5
Automation & Control 7
Metallurgical Engineering 7
Civil Engineering 9
Marine/Ocean Engineering 14
Chemical Engineering 17
Environmental Science & Engineering 22
Energy Science & Engineering 24
Library & Information Science 26
Computer Science & Engineering 27
Remote Sensing 28
Transportation Science & Technology 30
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology 31
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 35
Materials Science & Engineering 37
Telecommunication Engineering 47
Chemistry 51-75
Water Resources 51-75
Biomedical Engineering 76-100
Mathematics 76-100


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Research Outputs

Regarding scientific research output, the Nature Index 2023 ranked HIT the No.37 university in the Asia Pacific region, and 87th in the world among the global universities.[33] The 2023 CWTS Leiden Ranking ranked HIT 18th in the world by total publications and 30th in the world based on the number of their scientific publications belonging to the top 1% in their fields for the time period 2018–2021.[34]

HIT is one of the Seven Sons of National Defence.[35]

HIT completed the "Large-Size Vacuum Container Ground Simulation Equipment" project, an important national scientific research project.[citation needed]

Research teams

Harbin Institute of Technology has a high-level research faculty with over 2,900 full-time teachers and researchers, including 1,950 professors and associate professors, 41 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, nearly 640 doctoral supervisors. It has 12 principal scientists working on Projects 973 and 13 "Young Experts with Prominent Contributions to the Country".

Laboratories and facilities

HIT currently has 7 State Key Laboratories and 3 National Engineering Laboratories granted and funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Development and Reform Commission, and State Council of China.

HIT also has 40 national key disciplines granted by the Ministry of Education P.R.C and 30 provincial / ministerial-level key laboratories.

Research expenditures

With a strong emphasis on scientific research, HIT has been bold and innovative in its scientific research and has consistently undertaken large-scale and highly sophisticated national projects. Because of this, funding for research increases yearly. In 2018, the total research funding from the government, industry, and business sectors reached 3.76 billion RMB yuan (about 537 million US dollars). The Harbin campus owned 3.2 billion yuan, the Shenzhen campus owned 443 million yuan, and the Weihai campus owned 132 million yuan. Some media reported that the total research expenditures of HIT reached 7.47 billion RMB yuan (about 1.07 billion US dollars) in 2019.


Its faculty and students have invented many 'firsts' in China: the first analog computer in 1957, the first digital computer in 1958, the first intelligent chess computer, the first arc welding robot, the first world-class new system radar, the first IC CMOS chip with its own copyright, the first superway, computer real-time 3D image creation system, and the first high-performance computer controlled fiber twister.[36][37] HIT undertakes research covered by official secrets (e.g. in space science and defense-related technologies).[38][39] It made the largest contribution to the success of the Shenzhou series spacecraft and Kuaizhou series spacecraft.[40][41] One minor planet (#55838) is named after the Harbin Institute of Technology and nicknamed "Hagongda Star" by the International Astronomical Union for HIT's achievements in science and engineering.[42][43]

HIT is known to have close links to the People's Liberation Army and the space program of China as one of the main universities in China for space and defense-related research.[44] HIT has made major contributions to the Chinese Shenzhou spacecraft project. In 2010, the Astronautics Innovation Research Center was established at HIT in conjunction with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The establishment is the biggest investment of this class in China.[45] In May 2020, the United States Bureau of Industry and Security added to HIT to the Entity List for its alleged activities in support of the People's Liberation Army.[46][47]

The faculty, staff, and students at HIT have led the research and development of 20 satellites, which include:

Notable faculty and alumni

Academia and education

Business and entrepreneurship

Engineering and technology

Politics and government

Sports and arts

See also


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