Established in 2002 with the approval of the Ministry of Education, College of International Business and Economics, WTU (CIBEWTU for short) is an independent college, covering engineering, literature, economics, management and art. It has more than 12,000 undergraduate and junior college students.
CIBEWTU is located in the hinterland of Wuhan Optical Valley, on the shore of Tangxun Lake, which is the largest urban lake in China, and adjacent to China (Hubei) Pilot Free Trade Zone Wuhan Area, which is the site for many universities and high-tech enterprises. Because of its geographical advantage, the College has a unique advantage of cultivating scientific and technological talents. The campus covers an area of 400,000 square meters, and is planned and constructed according to the international vision of the ecological campus. The College is well equipped with complete and advanced teaching and living facilities. There is a modern library, an experimental center, a college student activity center, teaching buildings and dormitory buildings with elevators, classrooms and dormitories with air conditioning, besides wireless network covering the whole campus. The entire campus is shaded by trees and has a beautiful landscape.
CIBEWTU has always adhered to the educational philosophy of “characteristic development and brand management”, has strived to implement the strategy of “famous teachers, famous college and famous students”, and has long been committed to the school-running goal of building a high-level application-oriented college with distinctive characteristics. Adhering to the school motto of “aspiring self-cultivation and applying what you learn”, we have formed a good teaching style of “being a model for students and teaching what can be applied”. The College adheres to the scientific development concept of “surviving by quality and developing by reform”, constantly emancipates the minds of our faculty, advances with the times, highlights the characteristics of running a school, and promotes the cultivating of applied talents.
CIBEWTU continues to strengthen the construction of disciplines and majors and takes the construction of teaching staff as the main project. Currently we have 33 undergraduate majors, 13 three-year college majors, and a total of 9 teaching departments. The College has now become a member of some professional societies across the country or in Hubei Province, such as China Textile Engineering Society, China Association of International Trade, China Association of Trade in Services, China Fashion Association, China Designers Association, Hubei Society for Electrical Engineering, Wuhan Textile Engineering Society, Hubei Association of International Trade, and Accounting Association of Hubei Province. CIBEWTU strengthens the construction of teaching staff and pays attention to the introduction, training and promotion of full-time teachers. At present, there are 632 full-time teachers, among which 40% are associate professors and professors, 35% have master’s degrees or PhD degrees, and many are excellent teachers at national or provincial level.
The College recruits students from 15 provinces and cities across the country, and the employment rate of graduates ranks in the forefront among similar colleges and universities. CIBEWTU gives full play to the characteristics of foreign trade, clothing design, textile engineering and other majors, and aims to cultivate students who possess the merits of strong commercial competitiveness, the adaptability to work independently, noble quality, elegant temperament, distinct personality, and the most important one—the information processing and communication skills to meet the needs of foreign communication.
The College regularly holds Hidden Dragon Humanities Forum and Growth Navigation Lecture, inviting many well-known experts and scholars at home and abroad, social celebrities and entrepreneurs to give lectures to guide students to become talents. It attaches great importance to the construction of campus culture, and has initiated the establishment of more than 20 student associations, such as the University Students’ Art Troupes, the Photography Association, the Journalists Association, the Painting and Calligraphy Association, and the Accounting Association, which contribute to the diverse and colorful campus cultural activities with various themes. Since 2008, the school has carried out a series of activities every year with the theme of Being Grateful and Inspired To Become Talents on the basis of Thanksgiving Day and traditional culture and art festival, forming the campus cultural atmosphere of learning gratitude and students knowing gratitude, and has nurture a large number of model students. The students have won awards in various national, provincial, and municipal competitions and honors for the school.
Relying on social and economic development, the College gives full play to the environmental advantages adjacent to the China (Hubei) Pilot Free Trade Zone Wuhan Area and the long-term good cooperative relationship with the government and enterprises, and combines majors with industries and courses with positions to achieve the combination of academic education and vocational education. It strengthens and further promotes school-enterprise cooperation, focuses on improving students’ sense of innovation, entrepreneurial awareness and team spirit, and strives to improve students’ learning skills, professional skills, communication skills and application capabilities for the integration of knowledge and action, and to cultivate for the society a large number of open-minded high-quality talents who are pragmatic, innovative, good at cooperation, and equipped with professional skills. The quality of teaching and the reputation of the school are rising day by day. CIBEWTU has been awarded many honorary titles such as Top Ten Responsible and Honest Independent Colleges in China’s Education and the Best Independent Colleges in China.