In recent years, QUST has actively promoted open strategy and internationalization strategy and cooperated with 69 universities of 16 countries, such as Germany, Korea, America, Canada, Russia and France at different levels and areas. Sino-German Technical College (CDTF in German) founded by QUST and the University of Paderborn of Germany has been included into the cooperation between the governments of Germany and China, and is honored as the model of joint-education cooperation. QUST sets up R&D Centers, International Engineer Training Center, Post-undergraduate Stations, University Student Business Start-up Center, and joint-labs with world-known companies, such as Lanxess (Germany), Alps (Japan) to jointly cultivate talents of different levels (Bachelor, Master and PhD), progressively improves the internationalization of its educational system and forms a distinctive international features of education. In recent years, the employment rate in international companies of graduates of QUST is increasing year by year, some majors have over 50% of their graduates employed by overseas companies. You can find graduates of QUST in many multinational corporations, such as BASF, BAYER, Volkswagen, Degussa, Sanyo, and Alps etc.
QUST attaches great importance to the scientific researches and has won 14 National Technological Invention Prizes, National Scientific and Technological Progress Prizes, one Dupont Technology Innovation Prize of Ministry of Science and Technology. According to the release of China Allumi Network, QUST ranks the 29th among colleges and universities across the country in the list of "2010 Chinese Major National Technology Award for Top Colleges and Universities", the 59th in the “2010 Chinese University Science Contribution List” and ranks No.1 among provincial universities in Shandong Province in these lists.In recent years, QUST has adhered to taking the path of government-industry-university-research cooperation and has yielded great economic benefits by applying scientific research achievements to actual production. Four listed companies have been founded as the result of transformation of scientific research achievements, namely MESNAC, Yantai Wanhua Group, Sailun Co. Ltd, and Qingdao Kingking Group. Its exploration and achievements in the industry-university-research cooperation is widely hailed as “the phenomenon of Qingdao University of Science and Technology". As the only university representative of Shandong, QUST delivered speeches twice at Shandong Industry-University-Research Cooperation Conference in 2009 and 1022. And it has also been rated twice as "Outstanding University of Industry-University-Research Cooperation", and was complimented as “QUST Mode” by vice secretary Wang Junmin of Shandong Province.