Introduction to Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)
Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) is a leading university in China offering a wide range of English-medium programs for international students. The university receives one of the biggest annual research fund among universities in China (over $200 million USD).
BIT is one of the first universities to run a graduate school and one of the key universities supported by the central government in every five-year plan since the foundation of the People’s Republic of China.
Beijing Institute of Technology is one of the national key universities in China. It is an open, public, research-oriented university with a focus on science and technology. BIT is the 10th university to enter the 985 Project and one of the first 15 universities to join the 211 Project to become a world renowned university.
BIT has received more than 130 national awards of science and technology over the past 30 years, ranking among the top 10 in China. According to the first national program evaluation from 2002 to 2004 by MOE, 1/3 of the programs in BIT were evaluated as national key programs.
BIT is one of the 1st universities to run a graduate school and one of the key universities supported by the central government in each Five-Year Plan since the foundation of the P. R. China. BIT receives considerable trilateral support and endowment under the agreement signed by the Ministry of Education, the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, and the Beijing Municipal Government in September 2000. BIT is now under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
BIT Location and Campus
The University is located in Beijing, and has three campuses: Zhongguancun campus, Liangxiang campus and Xishan Campus.
Zhongguancun campus, is located near to the high-tech zone “silicon valley” of Beijing, with good transportation links to the rest of the city. The Liangxiang Campus was founded in 2002, 40 km. Southwest of Zhongguancun Campus. It covers an area 3 times as the big as the Zhongguancun Campus. Shuttle buses connect both campuses. The Xishan Campus accommodates many large machinery laboratories of BIT.
BIT Library is composed of two main libraries (on Zhongguancun campus and Liangxiang campus separately) and four branch libraries, occupying a total area of over 46,000 square meters. Bright and spacious, the library boasts a seating capacity of 2,477. In addition, it is well equipped with central air conditioners, access control system, burglar alarms and video monitoring cameras.
Over the past decades the library has rapidly expanded its collection of diverse resources, the e-resources in particular. Up to the end of 2011, the library has more than 2.31 million volumes of physical collections, over 2.77 million volumes of e-books and 177 network databases, offering a high-quality and all-round reference system with equal stress on physical collections and e-resources.
Sports at BIT
As a teaching unit, the Sports Department of Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) undertakes the teaching task of all the undergraduates’ sports class. And meanwhile, it has been actively organizing all kinds of mass sports activities, firmly supporting a wide range of sports associations and societies of BIT to hold various activities.
The Sports Department is also in charge of the training task and performance of four high-level sports teams, which is represented by the men’s football team. The Sports Department dedicated itself to strengthening the physical education and the construction of sports teacher staff. Now the Sports Department has 38 staff members, the number of professional teachers is 35, among which 2 are professors, 15 are vice-professors and 1 is doctor.
Students can play a variety of different sports according to their interests.