The University of Petroleum (UPC) is one of the major state universities under the jurisdiction of the State Education Ministry. Formerly known as The Beijing Petroleum Institute and founded in 1953, it moved to Dongying City, Shandong Province in 1969, with its name changed to The East China Petroleum Institute. In 1988 it was renamed The University of Petroleum, consisting of one university in East China and one in Beijing.
The University of Petroleum (East China) is the main part of the UPC. In 1997, it ranked among the key universities of the "211 Project" --which means 100 key universities will be built in the 21st century in China--and was examined and accepted by the State Education Ministry in 2001.
The University of Petroleum (East China) covers an area of 3100 Chinese mu (about 200 hectares) with 650,000 m2 of floor space. The library has a collection of 1.27 million volumes. In addition to 13 colleges and departments, there are also an Adult Education School, a Network Education School and an Advanced Vocational School, and the university has over 17,000 regular undergraduates over 2,000 postgraduates over 139,000 correspondence students and over 6,000 Internet students
The University of Petroleum (East China) is a multi-disciplinary university laying stress on engineering disciplines, while seeking coordinate development of science, engineering, management, humanities, jurisprudence, economics and so on. There are 3 Post-doctoral Research Centers, 3 first-class disciplines with Doctoral Degree Authority, 13 Doctoral Degree program designations, 7 self-designated Doctoral Degree program designations, 31 Master's Degree program designations, 8 engineering Master's Degree program designations, 5 state key disciplines, 1 state key laboratory, 1 Engineering Research Center of State Education Ministry, 1 state Teaching Base offering the basic chemistry course for engineering students, 8 provincial and ministerial level key disciplines and 17 provincial and ministerial level key laboratories (research centers).
China University of Petroleum covers all the major fields of petroleum and petrol refinement studies, the level of which take the lead in China. Five subjects are State? The university has been incorporating and promoting general disciplines and new disciplines
The University of Petroleum is a vital base for conducting petroleum and petrol refinement researches. Provided with good research conditions and a vast prospect in the scientific research market, it has acquired a remarkable strength in both theoretical and applied studies. It has built up a technology innovation system and achieved an advanced level in many aspects. At present it undertakes over 800 scientific research programs, among which over 245 are on and above the provincial and ministerial level, 1 in the Focused State Research Program, 6 in the "863" program, 12 in the "973" program, 61 funded programs, 80 important programs for top three Petroleum Corporations. It has implemented 26 million-yuan programs, 3 ten-million-yuan programs. Since 1996 it has harvested over 500 scientific research fruit, among which 162 are awarded by the superior authorities. It lists the 35th in Chinese universities in terms of gaining intellectual patent. Its staff have been writing highly accomplished scientific theses, and in 2001, the academic theses published in SCI and EI list the 32th and the 44th among Chinese universities. The scientific research funds has been mounting up for 7 years and in 2002 amount to 75 million Yuan RMB
The University of Petroleum runs over 40 enterprises that amount to 146 000 000 yuan in total asset and yields 900 000 000 yuan in annual sales and 70 000 000 yuan in income, which sit on the top of school-run enterprises in Shandong Province and within the top ten of school-run enterprises in China.