The university was established on 18 September 1940, it now has around 26,000 students and 1,590 teachers. Chongqing University of Technology used to be named the Chongqing Technology Institute, one of four universities with a traditional ordnance department. It originated from the 11th Technical School of the Department of War Industry, which was founded on 18 September 1940. The 11th Technical School of the Department of War Industry was called 21-Factory Technical School in short, and its external anonym was "Shiji Public School". Although its public identity was technical school, it actually acted to train professionals in weapon production for the Nationalist government. Today the university is strong in the fields of engineering, economic management and basic engineering; and especially so in the disciplines of automobile manufacturing and researches in drive technology, thermal engine technology and transmission technology are on top in the state. It has become one of the benchmark schools in China for its research in automobile design, thermal engine and automobile suspension systems. It established Chongqing Automobile Institute and the first CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) Institute in China in a joint capital partnership with Changan Ford, Suzuki, Mazda, and Honda.
The university has a fixed assets of 2.1 billion RMB, with its facilities valued at 182 million RMB. The nine-story library, overlooking the waterfall and lake, boasts a collection of 2.3 million volumes. CQUT also contains many well-equipped workshops, laboratories, factories and training centers, and works with a total of 170 facilities both on-site and off-site.
The university shares a close relationship with the city of Chongqing, particularly its engineering and automotive industries. CQUT has undertaken over 500 research projects with municipal partners, which bring in about 50 million RMB for the school each year. The university has been awarded several national and hundreds of regional prizes, and remains one of the top 100 Chinese universities for patents.
The following is the list of articles by scholars from Chongqing University of Technology that are published in OMICS International journals.