学校以“锲而不舍，敢为人先”为校训，贯彻落实科学发展观，坚持质量立校、人才强校、特色兴校。全校师生员工在 “三步走”战略目标和“十二五” 规划蓝图的指引下，积极进取，开拓创新，努力把学校建设成为位居全国同类院校先进行列的特色鲜明的高水平工程应用型大学。
Hunan Institute of Engineering (HIE), located in Xiangtan City, the hometown of Chairman Mao Zedong, was initially founded in 1951. Approved by the Ministry of Education in June 2000, the official name HIE came into being as a result of the merger of Xiangtan Institute of Machinery and Electricity Technology and Hunan Textile College. Xiangtan Institute of Machinery and Electricity Technology, founded in 1951, affiliated with the former National Ministry of Machinery Industry, was appraised to be the national key construction modeling school of higher technical colleges of engineering. Hunan Textile College, founded in 1978, was attached to Hunan Provincial Bureau of Textile Industry. HIE is under the joint support of the central government and Hunan provincial government, the latter being mainly in charge of its administration.
Since its upgrade from junior college to undergraduate education, HIE has stuck to its running principle of “application-oriented university”. In 2007, HIE passed with good record the Undergraduate Teaching Proficiency Evaluation hosted by the Ministry of Education. In June 2010, HIE was authorized by the Ministry of Education to be the first batch of “Plan for Cultivating Outstanding Engineers”. In October 2011, HIE was authorized by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council to be the pilot college of “professional degree graduate students education meeting national special demands”. In 2013, HIE took the lead and established the "Hunan Province Collaborative Innovation Center for Wind Power Equipment and Energy Conversion ", combining with Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Group Co., Ltd. and Xiangtan University. The center was selected as the first batch of Hunan Collaborative Innovation Center in "2011 Program" (the Innovation Ability Enhancement Program of the Institute of Higher Learning), and was identified through inspection and evaluation in September 2014.
HIE possesses the Main Campus and the South Campus, covering a total area of 1,080,000 square meters, with a construction area of more than 500,000 square meters. Its teaching instrument and equipment is worth 139,800,000 yuan and the library holds a total collection of more than 1.34 million books. The Main Campus, located on the riverside of Xiangjiang River, is in good company with the scenic belt along river and the Pagoda Park. Because of its beautiful scenery and good teaching condition, HIE was awarded the honors of "Garden Unit" and "Civilized Institute of Higher Learning" in Hunan Province. With 16 teaching departments, HIE offers 50 bachelor degrees. There are more than 20,800 registered students from 28 provinces and regions all over the country.
HIE has a staff of 1,123 with a faculty of 746, of which 322 are professors and associate professors, 590 have a doctoral degree or a Master's degree, 1 is awarded “National Model Teacher”, 2 are awarded “National Excellent Teacher”, 2 are New Century Excellent Talents under the Ministry of Education, 2 are members of the National Education Consultation Committee under the Ministry of Education, 3 have been awarded the title of “Master Teacher” of Hunan Province, 9 are provincial discipline leaders (including cultivating objects), 10 are awarded "Excellent Teacher" at provincial and ministerial level, 18 have got the academic support from the “121 Talents Project” in Hunan Province, 52 are awarded “Young Backbone Teacher”of Hunan Province (including cultivating objects), and 45 have been doctoral supervisors or MA student supervisors in HIE and other colleges and universities of Hunan Province.
The undergraduate education in HIE offers 6 disciplines of engineering, management, liberal arts, science, economics and arts, and constructs specialty groups in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, textile engineering, chemical engineering and management， having formed a professional pattern of engineering-oriented development coordinated with multidiscipline. HIE has 5 provincial key construction disciplines, 8 experimental specialties of “Plan for Cultivating Outstanding Engineers” with the approval of the Ministry of Education, 8 national characteristic specialties and 8 provincial characteristic specialties, 1 national comprehensive reform experimental specialty and 2 provincial comprehensive reform experimental specialties. Moreover, HIE has 2 national educational centers of engineering practice, 1 national base for out-campus practical education of college students, 1 national base for Culture-Oriented Quality-Education base of College Students (joint efforts), 6 provincial demonstration laboratories (or centers), 8 provincial constructive programs of teaching practice, 9 provincial first-class practice of teaching bases, 3 provincial demonstration bases of industry-education-academy cooperation, 2 provincial key laboratories, 3 provincial teaching teams and 1 provincial technology innovation team and 11 disciplines of provincial excellent courses. Besides, the Metalworking Practice Base has been appointed Training and Examination Center of metalworking teaching for the country's technological institutes of higher learning.
HIE features the cultivation of engineering practical talents, with 40 items of educational and teaching reform achievements winning the National and Provincial Teaching Achievement Prizes; the reform achievements of cultivating application-oriented talents of engineering, in particular, have been widely accepted by superior departments and employers, which becomes greatly influential among the similar colleges. HIE is a deputy-group-leader-unit of “National Application-oriented Engineering Undergraduate Education Collaborative Group”, a vice-director-general-unit of “The Special Committee of Application-oriented Undergraduate Education in National College Teaching Research Committee”, and a chairman-unit of “National Higher Education Teaching Material Editing and Censoring Committee for Application-oriented Talent Cultivation”.
HIE actively promotes discipline construction and scientific research. In recent years, it has obtained 228 items of national, ministerial and provincial projects, including 22 items of National Natural Science Fund Project, 2 sub-programs of the "863" National Program, 4 items of Technological Innovation Fund for SMEs, 349 scientific research awards at all levels. 40 academic books are published, 92 patents obtained, and more than 659 papers included in SCI, EI, and ISTP. HIE greatly strengthens industry-education-academy cooperation and this cooperation relationship has covered more than 180 enterprises, resulting in 73 major projects, with its fund amounting to more than 135,000,000 yuan, which makes a direct economic benefit of more than 400,000,000 yuan.
HIE promotes the multi-channel, multi-level and multi-form international communication and cooperation, which makes it one of the pioneers in Chinese-Foreign Cooperative Education Programs in Hunan. HIE cooperates with Tefo College (TAFE), University of Canberra, University of Southern Queensland in Australia, the University of West Scotland and the University of the Highlands and Islands in UK. More than 200 foreign experts have worked in HIE since this cooperation.
Since its founding, HIE sticks to the notion of finding a foothold in Hunan, opening up to the world and serving the grassroots public, providing over 100,000 highly competent personnel for industries of machinery, electricity and textile and social economic development. Students of HIE have won the favor of the employing units owing to their ability, willingness and capability in work performance. Therefore, the employment rate remains above 90%.
Following the motto of "Perseverance and Initiative", HIE adheres to the Scientific Outlook on Development and sticks to the principle of running the institute by quality, talents and characteristics. Under the guidance of the 12th Five-year Plan and the Three-step Development Strategy, HIE sets its aim to work for a first-class and high-quality application-oriented university of engineering.