In 1950s, the national economic construction starved for oil resources and the country was in great need of professionals for petroleum industry. Under this circumstance, in 1953, with the Petroleum Engineering Department of Tsinghua University as its basis, as well as the petroleum-related faculties and facilities of other leading institutions.
China University of Petroleum has 12 schools as well as College of International Education, School of Military Reserve Officers, College of Distance and Continuing Education. Focusing on the education of undergraduates, the university has established a complete education system, enrolling nearly 20000 full-time undergraduates, over 5000 postgraduates, about 700 overseas students and more than 70000 registered correspondence network students. It has a highly qualified faculty which ensures the quality of teaching and research. The university has 1610 teachers at present, among which there are 906 professors and associate professors, 161 doctoral supervisors.
UPC is an important research base of petroleum and petrochemical industry and competitive and experienced in the studies of both basic theory and application. More than 10 research fields have been regarded as the domestic leading level and the world’s advanced level. There are now 62 national, provincial and ministerial key laboratories and research centers in UPC, including the state Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil, State Engineering Research of Oil and Gas Drilling Technology, MOE Engineering Research Center of Petroleum and Petrochemical Equipment and Technology, and 5 newly-developed provincial and ministerial innovation teams.
Based on the reference room of Petroleum Engineering Department of Tsinghua University,the library of UPC was established in 1953. The current library was built in Qingdao campus in 2004, covering an area of 29,000 square meters and holding over 2.44 million volumes of books and documents.
The university now has two campuses in Dongying and Qingdao, Shandong Province. Qingdao Campus, the main and new campus, is located in Qingdao which enjoys a high reputation as “the sailing city” and “city by the sea” with its charming scenery. It is facing the Tangdao Bay and backed by the Little Pearl Hill with picturesque scenery. Dongying campus lies in Dongying, the central city on the Yellow River delta and nationally known as “the city of oil”. It is the old campus and now well served as the base of research and practice.