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Top Universities in Harbin

Harbin is the northeast hub of China. Here sits some China's top universities. Some Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival activities for example international ice sculpture competition for college students will be held in Harbin Engineering University. Just learn more about top Harbin universities below:  

Harbin Institute of Technology
Address: No. 92 West Dazhi Street, Nan Gang District, Harbin  
English Official Website: http://en.hit.edu.cn/index.asp

The Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), colloquially known as Ha Gong Da, is a research university consisting of three campuses nearly from the most north to the most south of China: Harbin campus in Heilongjiang Province, Weihai campus in Shandong Province and Shenzhen graduate school in Guangdong Province. HIT undertakes plenty of researches and projects with official secrets, e.g. space science and defense-related technologies, which may affect its international cooperations and worldwide rank. But it is widely recognized as one of the top universities in China and consistently ranked among the best science and engineering university. HIT is a member of the Chinese C9 League (the top nine Chinese universities and was acknowledged to be "China's Ivy League").

Harbin Institute of Technology was established in 1920, as Harbin Sino-Russian School for Industry to educate, in the Russian education style, railway engineers. Students were educated in the two majors at the time: Railway Construction and Electric Mechanic Engineering. On April 2, 1922, the School was renamed Sino-Russian Industrial University. The original two majors became two departments: the Railway Construction Department and the Electric Engineering Department. Between 1925 and 1928 the University's Rector was Leonid Aleksandrovich Ustrugov, Russian Deputy Minister of Railways under Nicholas II before the Russian Revolution and was involved in the development of the East Chinese Railway.

After the Allies defeated Japan in World War II, Japan departed China on September 3, 1945, and HIT came under the joint management of the Chinese and Soviet governments through the China Changchun Railway Administration. In June 1950, the administration of HIT was taken over by the Chinese government and started a period of full-scale reform and growth. In 1951, HIT was approved by the central government to become one of the two institutions of higher learning to learn advanced techniques from the USSR . HIT then became the important base for learning from the USSR and training talents for universities throughout the country, HIT enjoyed the fame of being the 'Cradle for Engineers'.

In 1977, the undergraduate programs reopened, 1978 the graduate programs followed, and in 1982 doctoral programs were for the first time offered. In 1984, HIT again found its way into the list of 15 universities to be favorably built. In the same year, HIT became one of the first 22 universities to establish a graduate school. In 1992, HIT High-and-New Tech Park was founded. In 1996, HIT was in the first batch of universities to enter the list of Project 211. In November 1999, HIT was appointed by the Central Government one of the 9 best universities to be preferentially built according to the standards of internationally renowned universities.

Harbin University of Science and Technology
Address: No. 52 Xuefu Road, Dongli District, Harbin  
English Official Website:

In 1995, three higher institutes, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Electrical Engineering and Harbin Higher Industrial Vocational College, combined into the present Harbin University of Science and Technology (HUST). Founded in the 1950s, the three all once belonged to the former Ministry of Machinery. In 1998, HUST was transferred to the management of Heilongjiang Province and is now the largest provincial polytechnic university. After 60 years of development, university has become a teaching-research university with distinctive style and comprehensive strength, focusing on the specialty of engineering and a combination of engineering and science, with coordinated development of disciplines of economics, management, philosophy, literature, law and education. In 2003, HUST was awarded by the Ministry of Education as an excellent university in undergraduate teaching evaluation.

With the guideline of coordinating internal and external resources, HUST actively promotes international cooperation and academic exchanges. So far it has established long-term cooperation with many universities or research institutes in more than countries in Europe, America and the Asian-pacific region. Substantial achievements have been made in teaching and learning, scientific research, and the cultivation of talented personnel. To promote the construction of Shandong Peninsula's manufacturing base, HUST established Rongcheng College of HUST in 2006 with the cooperation of Rongcheng City.
With 60 years of development, HUST has cultivated tens of thousands of talents for manufacturing industry, and many graduates have become backbones in technical field or leaders in large or medium enterprises. The university is renowned as the “Cradle of Engineers”. At the turn of the 21st century, in order to become a first-class local polytechnic university by 2020, HUST will “stabilize school size, improve teaching quality, highlight school characteristics, and consolidate the basis for high-level teaching-research university”.

Harbin Engineering University
Address: No. 145 Nangtong Da Street, Nan Gang District, Harbin  
English Official Website: http://english.hrbeu.edu.cn/

Harbin Engineering University is defining her distinctive position in the nation's development strategy by specializing in shipping industry, ocean exploration and nuclear application. By also leading a series of reforms in teaching, scientific research and informa-tion management systems, Harbin Engineering University is expanding her role as China's premier comprehensive international university now and into the 21st century.

Harbin Engineering University was founded in 1953, in Harbin, China. It used to host the PLA Military Engineering Institute, China's foremost institute in that field. Following the deterioration of China's relations with the USSR after the Sino-Soviet border conflict, it divided into six universities for security reasons. HEU is now top engineering university in China. Subordinate to the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, HEU is a national key university of glorious history and fine traditions, encompassing engineering science and management as well as support programs on humanities and social sciences. It is among the first batch of Project 211 universities that are entitled to enjoy first priority from the state in construction and development and also one of the universities that have Graduate School. Moreover, HEU is an important base for talent cultivation and scientific research in the fields of ship industry, ocean exploration and nuclear application.

Harbin Normal University
Address: No. 92 West Dazhi Street, Nan Gang District, Harbin  
English Official Website: http://english.hrbeu.edu.cn/

Harbin Normal University (HRBNU) was founded in 1946, and was ranked “Excellent” in the “Evaluation of University Baccalaureate Programs Project” issued by the Ministry of Education. It is the center of teacher training on Chinese International Promotion, higher teacher education, higher education in arts, educational science and research and teacher training in Heilongjiang Province. The university covers 495.98 hectares with a total floor space of 1,599,400 squire meters. HRBNU covers wide branches of learning, also a very high quality of faculty and advanced facilities ensure a top teaching. The university has 2 mobile centers majoring in Chinese Language & Literature and Maxism Theory for post-doctoral research, 10 state-level subjects, 9 doctoral degrees, 81 master degrees and 51 bachelor subjects reaching economy, law, education, arts, history, science, engineering and management branches of learning, with the total enrollment of 40,000 students. HRBNU has developed several academic exchange programs and intercollegiate relationships with over 30 universities in the United States, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, Australia, Russia, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa, as well as other countries and regions 40.

Harbin Medical University
Address: No.74 Xuefu Road. Nangang District, Harbin  
English Official Website: http://website.hrbmu.edu.cn/English/index.html

Harbin Medical University (HMU) is located in Harbin, a beautiful city well-known for its ice and snow and reputed as “Eastern Paris”. HMU has a scenic view on the campus dotted with ancient-style buildings, with a total area of 2.36 million square meters.

HMU was founded in 1926 and features a glorious history and tradition. It originated from the combination of former Harbin Medical University (its predecessor being Harbin Special Medical School founded by Dr. Wu Liande, a medical pioneer in China) and former 1st and 2nd branch schools of China Medical University in Xingshan (its predecessor being China Red Army Health School founded in Ruijin, Jiangxi, in 1931). During the 80 years, HMU has inherited Dr. Wu Liande's spirit "loving the motherland wholeheartedly and succeeding by self-made efforts", carried forward China Red Army Health School's tradition "firm political belief and excellent medical skills", and upheld the motto “integrity from the rules and learning to promote medicine”. HMU's strength has been increasing and become a medical school of huge capacity and distinct characteristics. HMU has now been one of the top medical schools in China. It is now a national base for basic sciences research and teaching talent development, and a key “Project 211” university in Heilongjiang Province.

Heilongjiang University
Address: No.74 Xuefu Rd. Nangang District, Harbin  
English Official Website: http://hlju.edu.cn/

Heilongjiang University is a multi-disciplinary university in the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, People's Republic of China.
Heilongjiang University was founded on March 1941, in the base of China's communist revolution Yan'an. It dates back to the Russian Language Group, Number 3 school-level division, Military and Politics University of the Anti-Japanese invasion, China, an institute dedicated to the training of military translators.
Several names varied,it was called the Forgein Language School of Ya'an in the early time of 1940s. After the PLA liberating in 1946, the Forgein Language School moved to Harbin as a junior college conducted by the HQ of Northeastern Democratic Army (also a group of PLA). In 1958, the college was extended, and rebuilt as Heilongjiang University.

Heilongjiang University's Russian Language Studies program is considered the best in China.In addition to normally enrolled Chinese students, Heilongjiang University is host to a range of foreign exchange students, primarily Russian and Korean. In recent years, Fulbright Fellows studying Mandarin Chinese through the National Security Language Initiative have studied at Heilongjiang University, in part due to the perceived purity of the Northeastern dialect of Mandarin.

Northeast Forestry University
Address: No. 26 Hexing Road, Xiangfang District, Harbin  
English Official Website: http://en.nefu.edu.cn/

Founded in 1952, Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) was formed by the combination of both Zhejiang University and forestry department of Northeast Agricultural College . It is currently one of  the key universities affiliated with the Ministry of Education of People's Republic of China as well as one of the universities of the "211 Project" .

Northeast Forestry University is located in the city of Harbin, the center of the region with China's largest state-owned forests. Its campus covers more than 136 hectares with teaching buildings, scientific research laboratories and practice sites. In addition, there are several practice centers which include the Maoershan Experimental Forestry Center (Maoershan National Forest Park) and the Liangshui Experimental Forestry Center (Liangshui National Nature Reserve) etc.

Northeast Agricultural University
Address: No.59 Mucai Street, XiangFang District, Harbin
English Official Website: http://www.neau.edu.cn/english/

Northeast Agricultural University, founded in Harbin in 1948 and originally named Northeast Agricultural College, is a key university directly under Heilongjiang province and one of universities of Project 211. It is located in .

NEAU comprises 18 colleges and 1 Education Department, covering the disciplines of Agronomy, Engineering, Science, Economics and Management. There are 3 key disciplines of national level, 3 key (under cultivation) disciplines of national level, 2 key disciplines under the Agricultural Ministry, 2 key disciplines of provincial level, 6 first-class provincial key disciplines and 29 second¨Cclass ones.