Shihezi University is a public university, founded in April 1996 under the integration of institutional colleges by the Ministry of Education and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. It is a national key university.
The university has 2,611 staff. There are 1,560 full-time teachers including a specially-engaged academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 166 professors, 489 associate professors, 58 experts and scholars receiving outstanding achievement awards at national and provincial level, and 80 distinguished experts and scholars receiving special subsidies from the government. It employs more than 10 foreign experts and teachers every year.
Students come from 31 provinces and regions. The student population is currently 30,261, including 22,635 undergraduates, 2120 postgraduates and 245 international students from countries such as United States, India, Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, etc.
The campus covers 1,870,000 square meters. It has 950,000 square meters of building, and the area of its laboratories is 170,000 square meters. The library has a collection of 2,900,000 Chinese and foreign books and periodicals, and is only one model project in Xinjiang, as university digital libraries in State High-tech Project 863. It has a book collection spot of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).