Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU), the second petroleum university in the People's Republic of China, was founded in 1958, and is now administered and supported by Chinese central government and Sichuan province local government, with the latter playing a bigger role.
SWPU has two campuses, one in Chengdu and the other in Nanchong, covering an area of over 200 ha. The current student body on the two campuses includes 26,490 undergraduates, 3,801 graduates, 715 PhD candidates and 49 international students. So far SWPU has produced more than 146,000 bachelors, masters and doctors, many of whom have established themselves as preeminent specialists and scholars, great statesmen, successful entrepreneurs, or technological and managerial backbones in various fields.
SWPU has 16 schools, 1 Photo voltaic Industry and Technology Research Institute, 1 Institute of New Energy and Unconventional Oil and Gas, and 1 engineering training center. There are 8 subject groups: science, engineering, management, economics, arts, law, education and artistic. 65 programs under those subject groups are qualified to recruit undergraduates; 4 first-level programs and 24 second-level programs are authorized to offer doctoral degrees. 18 first-level programs and 86 second-level programs are authorized to offer master’s degrees. There are 4 postdoctoral research stations, 1 first-level program and 3 second-level programs, which are all recognized as national key programs.
SWPU has 111 scientific research bases on all levels, which have undertaken 2,679 government research projects and 3,757 petroleum industry sponsored research projects since the initiation of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan. SWPU has been awarded the grand prize and first prize of “National Science and Technology Progress” and the second prize of “National Science and Technology Progress and Invention”, totaling 133 times; the university has been awarded state-level teaching achievement prizes and ministerial-level teaching achievement prizes, the former amounting to 8 times while the latter 84 times.
For academic exchanges and research collaboration, SWPU has established close ties with universities and academic research institutions in the United States, Russia, Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, etc.