Founded in 1978 and originating from a school of Beijing Institute of Iron & Steel, Shougang Institute of Technology(SGIT) is an engineering college officially approved and authorized by the Ministry of Education. Before 1999, SGIT mainly focused on the education of undergraduates with six bachelor degrees –the Degree of Machinery Design & Manufacture, the Degree of Metallurgy of Iron and Steel, the Degree of Metal Working, the Degree of Industrial Automation, the Degree of Constructional Engineering and the Degree of Trade and Industry. Since 1999, with the higher vocational education developing vigorously in China, SGIT has set up a distinctive educational target to cultivate more practical talents and started organizing higher vocational education system.
Currently, the institute consists of 4 departments and 1 school, they are Department of Economic Management, Department of Computer Science, Department of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Department of Architecture & Environmental Protecting Engineering, Department of Basic Courses and Adult Education School. There are 25 specialties for the students to take higher vocational education, which contain Marketing and Planning, Environmental Monitoring and Treatment Technology, and 8 specialties for the adult students to take further education with a degree. About 3,600 students may take full-time higher vocational courses while the other 3,000 adult students may take part-time courses. Moreover, every year about 20,000 people have been trained for the enterprise.
SGIT has good teaching facilities. It covers 167,535 square meters, in which 25,074 square meters internship and laboratory construction area is within its 91,237 square meters construction area. There is a playground surrounded by 400- meter standard environmental green rubber tracks and many training grounds for all kinds of ball games. Modern teaching facilities such as training center, computer rooms, professional classrooms, laboratory, network center etc. are located in SGIT. A volume of 294 thousand books are kept in the library. The teaching facilities and the good learning environment make SGIT at the top place among the similar academies circle in Beijing.