Kunming University of Science and Technology

Kunming University of Science and Technology (KMUST) (昆明理工大学) is in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, Southwestern China.

As the goal by 2010, KUST was to become a key university with a strong science and engineering background. The university is to be developed into an important provincial training base for advanced technical personnel, a research base for applied fundamental research and hi-tech research, an industrialization base for hi-tech, and a research and consulting center for the national social and economic development.

Yunnan University Science Park (YNUSP) was established as an experimental site of University Science Park in 1999 and was awarded the status of national university science park in May 2001. The park is supported by Yunnan University, Kunming University of Science & Technology and Yunnan Normal University.

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As the largest university in Yunnan Province and one of the well-known universities in China, the earliest departments of KUST started admitting undergraduatestudents for Bachelor’s degrees in March 1925. KUST became an independent public higher education institution in September 1954. In October 1999, based on a decision made by Yunnan Provincial Government and approved by the Education Ministry of China, the former KUST and Yunnan Polytechnic University (founded in 1974) amalgamated into a new and much larger university under the name of Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST).

University Rankings

Year National Ranking Provincial Ranking  Total Score
2019  67  1 65.12
2018  72 2  63.62
2017  87 2   62.96


With the current 20 faculties (schools) covering the fields ranging from science, engineering and economics to administration, arts, law and education, KUST offers a complete list of degree programs including Ph.D., MS., MSEng., MEng, MA, BS, BSEng and BA, as well as programs including post-doctorate, preparatory, continuing education, vocational training and Chinese language training for international students.


KUST recruits students from all over China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In addition, KUST is authorized to recruit international students for degree programs ranging from Bachelor to Master and Ph.D. There are about 28,000 students studying at KUST; among them nearly 2,000 were graduate students (2004).

KUST offers 64 Bachelor programs, 49 Master programs and eight Ph.D. program areas. There are three state-authorized post-doctoral stations, one state-level key academic subject, and 14 province-level key academic subjects.


The staff numbers about 3,700 including academic and non-academic ones. Nearly 1,100 are professors and associate professors, and about 1,600 are full-time teaching staff. There is one academician of China Academy of Engineering working for KUST and there are 17 academicians of China Academy of Science and of China Academy of Engineering jointly working for KUST.

Campuses and Facilities

KUST is composed of three campuses, Chenggong, Lianhua,and Xinying. All are in Kunming City, occupying an area of about 120 hectares. The buildings on the campuses occupy over 730,000 square meters, and many important construction projects are in progress.

The university library has about 1.7 million volumes of books and periodicals, and the library is authorized as a state-level research documents collection unit. KUST has founded a state-level engineering research center, two provincial and/or ministerial level test stations, two research and development centers, two key laboratories of provincial level and one class-A design and research institute. There are 32 research institutes, 13 research laboratories and 13 research centers.

Exchange and Cooperation


The university has ties with over 100 domestic local governments, institutions of higher education and research, as well as enterprises. The research activities in KUST play an important and critical role in Yunnan Province as well as in the southwest region of China. For the past two years,[when?] the increment of the research fund for KUST took a proportion of over two-thirds in the total increment for all the universities in Yunnan Province.


As of March 2018, the school has established long-term and stable friendly cooperation and exchange relations with more than 60 universities and scientific research institutions in more than 30 countries such as the United States, Germany, France and Britain. In terms of long-term training of engineering and management talents for neighboring countries, international technology transfer, and high-level cooperative research for developed countries, it has gradually formed its own characteristics and influence. The establishment of 2 Confucius Institutes approved by the State Hanban Office; In Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, several schools abroad have been set up in China.

Academic Departments

  • School of Land and Resources Engineering
  • College of Metallurgy and Energy Engineering
  • School of materials science and engineering
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Information Engineering and Automation
  • architectural engineering institute
  • School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Environmental science and engineering
  • School of chemical engineering
  • Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Life Sciences and Medicine
  • School of Medicine
  • College of life science and technology
  • School of Agriculture and Food
  • Faculty of Science
  • Law school
  • Yunnan Provincial Institute of Local Legislation
  • College of Marxism
  • College of arts and media
  • City college
  • School of management and Economics
  • Foreign Language and Culture Institute
  • International college
  • School of Civil Aviation and Aviation
  • School of traffic engineering
  • Yunnan Institute of Industrial Cadres

Scientific Research Platform

As of March 2018, the school has 18 national platforms, 1 national accredited laboratory, 87 provincial and ministerial platforms, 32 scientific and technological innovation teams, and 1 design and research institute with Grade A qualifications.

As of March 2018, the school has won 1 first prize of the national science and technology progress award, 6 second prize of the national technology invention award, 7 second prize of the national science and technology progress award, 4 innovation achievement prizes of China’s industry-university-research cooperation and 316 science and technology achievement prizes at the provincial and ministerial levels. Published 1311 works and 8099 patents. In 2017, the scale of scientific research funds will reach 897 million yuan.

Academic Resources

According to the official website of the school in September 2018, the library of Kunming university of technology has a total of more than 3.07 million copies of paper documents and more than 5,500 kinds of newspapers and periodicals in Chinese and foreign languages. the carrier types include paper documents, electronic documents and other carrier documents. one of the national research-level document collection units has been designated as the “southwest non-ferrous metal professional document information center” by the relevant departments of the state.

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