1. School profile
Xi’an Polytechnic University is the only college characterized by textile and clothing in western China. Its predecessor was the Machine Weaving Department of Beijing Higher Technical School founded in 1912. Afterwards, it went through several development stages, including the Textile Department of the National Peking University Institute of Technology, the Textile Department of Northwest United University and the textile Department of Northwest Institute of Technology and etc. In 1978, the Northwest Textile Institute of Technology was established under the Ministry of Textile Industry. In 1998, it was transferred to be jointly established by the central government and the local government, with Shaanxi province as the main management party. In 2006, it was renamed Xi’an Polytechnic University with the approval of the Ministry of Education. After more than 100 years of development, the school has become a university with outstanding characteristics in many disciplines, such as industry, science, culture, management, economics, law, education and art, featuring textiles and clothing and etc. Meanwhile, the school is now the " Education and Training Program for Outstanding Engineers" university selected by the Ministry of Education, a high-level university in Shaanxi Province, and the first batch of university approved by Shaanxi Collaborative Innovation Center in 2011. In the long-term practice of running the school, Xi’an Polytechnic University has cultivated more than 100,000 senior specialized technical personnel, which has made great contributions to local, industrial and socio-economic development.
At present, the school has two campuses, namely Jinhua and Lintong, covering an area of 1.08 million square meters in total. There are 13 teaching units including Textile and Materials School, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering School, Electronic Information School, Environment and Chemical Engineering School, Management School, Clothing and Art Design School, Humanities and Social Sciences School, Science School, Computer Science School, Art Engineering School, Applied Technology School ( Continuing Education School, Sino - Australian International School ) and Sports Department and Ideological and Political Education Department. At present, there are 57 laboratories, 8 provincial experimental teaching demonstration centers, 2 provincial and ministerial key laboratories, 1 provincial 2011 collaborative innovation center, 5 provincial engineering technology research centers, 4 national and provincial industrial technology innovation strategic alliances, 1 provincial philosophical and social science research base, and 1 public service platform of the Ministry of Education. Besides, there are more than 22,000 students in various schools, including more than 18,000 undergraduates and nearly 2,000 postgraduates.
Since the 11th Five - Year Plan, the school has won 37 outstanding teaching achievement prizes at the provincial and ministerial levels. Moreover, there have been more than 380 textbooks being published, 26 textbooks being awarded at the provincial and ministerial levels, and 39 educational and teaching research projects being undertaken at the provincial and ministerial levels, 65 national research projects, natural science and social science fund projects and innovation projects being undertaken, and 265 provincial and ministerial scientific research projects. Besides, the school has won 2 first prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, 2 second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, 83 provincial science and technology awards. In addition, there are more than 2000 academic papers being included by SCI, EI and ISTP.
The school has established cooperative relations with nearly 50 universities and research institutions in more than 20 countries and regions, such as the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong and etc., and has carried out extensive cooperation in personnel training, academic exchanges and scientific research. In recent years, more than 400 students have been sent abroad to exchange or participate in the joint training of double degrees. Meanwhile, teachers have gone abroad to study and exchange for more than 300 times, and the school has also invited experts and scholars from other countries to teach, give lectures and visit for more than 800 times and carried out 3 Sino - foreign cooperative education projects and undertook more than 30 international scientific research cooperation projects. In addition, the school has hosted or undertaken more than 20 large-scale international academic conferences such as " China International Wool Textile Conference"and etc.
2. Textile and Materials School
Textile and Materials School has been running for nearly a hundred years, which is the earliest school set up in Xi’an Polytechnic University. Its predecessor, the Textile Department, can be traced back to the Machine Weaving Department of Beijing Higher Technical School founded in 1912. Since 1949, it has experienced several development stages, including Northwest Institute of Technology, Xi 'an Jiaotong University and Shaanxi University of Technology and etc. In 1978, on the basis of the textile department, the Northwest Institute of Textile Technology was established with the approval of the State Council. After nearly a hundred years of development, the school has been formed that integrates different disciplines, including materials, textiles and light chemical engineering and etc., makes them support each other, develop harmoniously and owns distinctive features. On the whole, it has become a school which has powerful strength and complete school levels.
At present, the School has set up four undergraduate majors, namely textile engineering, light chemical engineering, polymer materials and engineering, and non-woven materials and engineering. Among them, textile engineering and light chemical engineering are major construction sites with national characteristics, specialty of Shaanxi province and specialty of famous brands in Shaanxi province. Meanwhile, it has three second-level master's authorization points in textile materials and textile design plan, the first-level master's authorization in textile science and engineering, textile engineering, textile materials and textile design, textile chemistry and dyeing and finishing engineering, and master's degree authorization in textile engineering. Besides, it has many research institutes ( Centers and offices ) such as the Key Laboratory of Functional Textile Materials and Products of the Ministry of Education, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Functional Clothing Fabrics, Shaanxi Teaching Experimental Demonstration Center, Central Laboratory, Academician Base and Xi’an Polytechnic University - Yida Textile New Technology Research and Development Center. Above all, the School has good teaching and research conditions and complete facilities, with more than 50 sets of large-scale equipment and more than 2600 sets of various teaching and research equipment.