The School of Biological and Chemical Engineering consists of six departments: Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Polymer Materials and Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Biotechnology, and Applied Chemistry.
The school has seven research centers: Ningbo Key Laboratory of Molecular Design and Nutrition Engineering, Biotechnology Research Center, Pharmaceutical Engineering Research Center, Polymer Materials and Engineering Research Center, Chemical Engineering Research Center, Plant Use and Protection Research Center, and Sinochem-NIT Joint Laboratory.
Currently, 12 PhD students, 33 Master’s students, and 1102 full-time undergraduates are studying in the School. In 2010, 23 undergraduates (8.9% of total enrollment) received admission offers for Master’s programs. The majority of 2010 graduates (97.7%) are now employed.
The School has 67 faculty members, including 12 professors and 20 associate professors. Among the faculty, 27 possess PhD degrees, six are PhD student supervisors, and 15 are Master’s student supervisors. Moreover, 14 members of the faculty have been selected as the first, second, or third tier of the “151 Talents Project” in Zhejiang Province, with two professors in the first tier. Recently, four members of the faculty were selected for the first or third tier of the ‘4321 Talents Project’ in Ningbo City.
Established in 2001, the Bioengineering program focuses on training engineering technicians in basic biotech theories and skills, including process engineering, engineering design, and industrialization. Students are prepared for careers in the areas of production, management, science and technology transfer, process design, technology research, and product development. Bioengineering has been designated a key major in Zhejiang Province and in Ningbo City. It has also been listed as a key specialization for the Practical Biomedical Professional Training Base of Ningbo City.
First offered in 2003, the Biotechnology program systematically trains students in the basics of modern life sciences and cultivates their mastery of theories and skills related to animal and plant cell culture technology, fermentation, separation and purification of natural products, etc. Graduates are qualified for careers in education, research, production, management, and trade, as well as positions in the fields of agriculture, medicine, and environmental science.
The Pharmaceutical Engineering major, founded in 2001, aims to cultivate competent engineers and technicians with a strong sense of innovation and the ability to practically apply their knowledge of math, physics, computer science, and related disciplines. The curriculum provides a solid education in basic theories and technologies in chemistry and biology, equipping students with the pharmaceutical engineering expertise required for careers in production, technology development, applied research, medicine, chemical and biochemical engineering, and other related fields. Pharmaceutical Engineering has been listed as a key specialization for the Practical Biomedical Professional Training Base of Ningbo City.
The Polymer Materials and Engineering program, another key major in Ningbo City, was first offered in 2002. The thrust of this major is to train students to become advanced engineering and technical personnel with a practical mastery of basic theories of preparation, structure-property relationships, modification, and processing of polymer materials. Graduates can engage in the research and development of polymer materials, and other related jobs.
The Chemical Engineering and Technology major program, founded in 2006, hosts aspiring engineers and technical personnel in the basic theories of chemical engineering and technology. The curriculum is designed to confer innovative awareness and ability, thereby preparing students to pursue careers in engineering design, technology development and management, scientific research, business management, petroleum and chemical engineering, as well as the fields of medicine, food processing, lighting technology, and environmental science.
Founded in 2010, the Applied Chemistry major teaches the chemistry theory and methodology required to explore new applications and to develop innovative solutions in chemical engineering, materials science, medicine, information technology, biology, environmental science, energy, and other industrial fields. Training is directed toward instrumental analysis and ‘green chemistry’. With their command of basic knowledge, theory, and experimental technique in applied chemistry, graduates can look forward to challenging careers in product development, quality control, agriculture, chemical engineering, environmental protection, medicine, and other related fields.
The School of Biological and Chemical Engineering has one key discipline in Ningbo City (Drug Design and Biochemical Engineering), one key supporting discipline in Ningbo City (Medicinal Chemistry), and two dominant characteristic disciplines in the Institute (Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, and Polymer and Green Chemical Engineering).
The School’s research fund has been gradually increasing; in 2010, the fund was nearly 10 million RMB. To date, we have received 15 grants from the National Natural Science Foundation, three major projects in Zhejiang Province, nine grants from the Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation, and have participated in over 100 other projects at the provincial and city level. A total of 21 national invention patents from the School have been authorized, and 469 articles have been published in various journals, including 285 in SCI-indexed journals and 31 in EI-indexed journals.
The School provides strong supporting facilities for teaching and research. The library currently has a total collection of over 1,000 books and over 60 Chinese and foreign journals. We are recognized as a Practical Biomedical Professional Training Base in Ningbo City. The School’s Experimental Teaching Center is one of the exemplary undergraduate experimental teaching centers in Zhejiang Province.
Currently, the Institute has nine teaching and research laboratories, including the Basic Chemistry Laboratory, Analysis and Testing Center (with Provincial Measurement Certification), Biochemistry Laboratory, Process Theory and Control Laboratory, Bioengineering Laboratories (including the Industrial Microbiology Laboratory), Pharmaceutical Engineering Laboratory (including the GMP Laboratory), Polymer Material and Engineering Laboratory (including the Polymer Chemistry and Physics Laboratories), Biotechnology Specialized Laboratory, and Chemical Engineering and Technology Specialized Laboratory. The total value of instruments and equipment in these laboratories is nearly 3 million RMB.
Since its founding, the Ningbo Institute of Technology has developed a unique campus culture that supports the personal development of its students with a strong emphasis on the School’s areas of specialization. The annual D.N.A Cultural Festival, Bio-chem Forum, Biochemistry Day, and other popular activities offer an interesting and comprehensive range of activities. Based on our five specialties, the School has established academic societies, which not only provide effective platforms for the Student Research and Innovation Program (SRIP) and the professional quality development plan, but also fully represent the School’s academic culture. The School also cooperates with the Youth League, the Young Volunteer Association, the Sun Inn, the Rainbow Home, the Wujiang Reading Association, the Red Ribbon Association, and other student associations, and has organized a variety of extracurricular activities to enrich the cultural life of students. These endeavors improve the comprehensive quality and professionalism of students, while supporting a positive and beneficial study environment.
Six members of the School’s faculty have toured laboratories in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and other countries as visiting scholars. We have invited distingished guest scholars from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, Japan, and other countries, and have organized more than 40 academic exchanges. Over 30 of our representatives have attended international academic conferences, and the School of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering has hosted one international conference.