Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) is a leading public, co-educational, national key university, located in Beijing, China. Established in 1940 in Yan'an the university used to be administered by the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND). After COSTIND was merged into the newly established Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in 2008, the university is now under the direct administration of the MIIT.
BIT has been a tier-1 research university in China for more than 50 years. It is one of the first Chinese universities to run a graduate school and received privileged fund from the Chinese government in “the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Five Year Plan.” BIT is also one of the national “Project 211” and “Project 985” universities, which were given priority for development by the Chinese government, the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, the Ministry of Education (MOST) and the Beijing Municipal Government.
BIT's strategic collaborators include eleven Chinese provinces and direct-controlled municipality, as well as forty city or county level governments. The university also has various cooperations with ninety higher education institutions in 29 countries, as well as over one hundred major domestic and international corporate enterprises.
The main campus of BIT is located in Weigongcun, near Zhongguancun, widely known as the Silicon Valley of China. There is a multitude of established international leading technology corporations which have offices in this neighborhood. The main campus has an area of 920,700 square meters, including a floor space of 724,000 square meters.
The Liangxiang campus, located in suburban Beijing, encompasses 2,000,000 square meters and hosts mainly undergraduate students. The Zhuhai campus in Guangdong Province spans 3,330,000 square meters. BIT also has satellite campuses in Xishan of suburban Beijing and Qinhuangdao of Hebei Province. The university's residential areas spreads over 900,000 square meters.
BIT has 16 national key disciplines, 25 ministry-level key disciplines. BIT offers Bachelor's degrees in 60 majors, Master's degrees in 144 majors, and Doctorate degrees in 62 majors. It also has 17 post-doctorate stations.
BIT is an important research institution for military technology and is famous for its contributions to the research and development of radar, missiles, firearms and armored combat vehicles. However, some of its research are not allowed to be disclosed and a great amount of the research work cannot be published.
Established in 1940, the BIT library now consists of one main library and four branch libraries. Nine new branch libraries are in construction or planning. The renovation of the main library was completed in 2006. The state-of-the-art building has an area of 25,509 square meters and is covered by wireless network. It now has a total collection of more than 3 million items, including 1.13 million electronic items.