As a key comprehensive university, Hebei University (HBU) is co-constructed by Ministry of Education and the People's Government of Hebei Province. It is also one of the first-level universities participating in China’s construction plan of national first-class university and world-class disciplines, with strong support from the Hebei Provincial Government.
The university was originally founded as Tianjin Technology and Business University in 1921, which was relocated in 1970 from Tianjin to a well-known historical and cultural city--Baoding in Hebei Province.
Covering an area of 2430 mu, the university is consisted of the Main Campus, the Qiyi Road Campus and the Yuhua Road Campus, with a construction area of 1.33 million square meters. The total value of fixed assets is 3.2 billion RMB. There are 15 first-level disciplines authorized to offer doctoral degrees, 46 first-level disciplines authorized to award master degrees, 30 disciplines authorized to offer professional master degrees, and 95 undergraduate programs. As one of the universities with most completed discipline fields across China, it offers programmes in 12 major fields, including philosophy, economics, law, pedagogy, literature, history, science, engineering, agronomy, medicine, management and art.
Currently, there are approximately 42,000 full-time students, including over 6400 full-time doctoral candidates and postgraduates and more than 28,000 undergraduate students. Currently there are 3347 faculty members.
With an open mind, HBU has established cooperative ties with over 100 high-level universities across the world. It has set up the HBU-UClan School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries, a Chinese-foreign cooperative college approved by the Ministry of Education. It has also founded the Chinese Learning Centers in Russia and Malaysia, and the Confucius Institutes in Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Xavier University of Louisiana, University of Nouakchott in Mauritania and Universiti Malaysia Pahang. Having cultivated more than 3,000 doctors, masters, bachelors and short-term overseas students from over 90 countries and regions, HBU is a pilot university designated by Training and Research Center for Overseas Study of Ministry of Education, and the first one in Hebei Province qualified to receive students awarded with Chinese government scholarships and the first indexed in the Chinese Teaching Bases of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council.
HBU has gone through the vicissitudes of more than 90 years since its establishment. In the course of its development, scholars and students from generation to generation have been striving with great efforts to make contributions for the country, thus forming the motto of “Seeking Truth from Facts, Studying Profoundly and Behaving Honestly” and the school spirit of “Erudition, Pursuit for truth, Endurance and Innovation”. Taking this as its aspiration and values, HBU has educated nearly 400 thousand excellent students with alumni spreading around the world, and created a multitude of original and cutting-edge achievements in scientific and technological filed, which brought great economic and social benefits. Currently, HBU is thriving with strong momentum, supported by Hebei Provincial Committee, the People’s Government of Hebei Province and national ministries including Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance. With the opportunity of being co-constructed by Hebei Province and Ministry of Education, all teachers and students are working together to overcome difficulties and striding ahead to build a top-level university.