Founded in 1958, Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU) is the second oil and gas engineering programs-based institution in China, formerly known as Sichuan Petroleum Institute. In 1970 it changed its name into Southwest Petroleum Institute, then Southwest Petroleum University in 2005. After 50 years of construction and development, it has become a comprehensive national university whose fields of study cover seven branches of learning: science, engineering, management, economics, art, law, education and with engineering as its major and strong fields. For years oil and gas-oriented programs here have been ranking the top in China. SWPU is one of the first universities in China authorized to confer the PhD, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees all around the nation.
SWPU comprises two campuses, the original in Nanchong City (more than 700 mu, or 115 acres) and the second in Chengdu City (more than 2000 mu, or 346 acres) with a total of about 2800 mu, or 461 acres and the total floor space of over 800,000 square meters. Both campuses are so beautiful and amazing that SWPU has won the title of garden-like campuses in China.
Currently, there are 2,264 Academic staff and general staff, 1,467of whom are teaching staff, including 206 full-professors, 516 associate professors, one academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, one teacher titled Young and Middle-Aged Experts Nationally Acknowledged for Their Outstanding Achievements, three members of the Jury of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council and the Educational Instruction Committee of the Professional Degrees Committee of the State Council, one professor of Cheung Kong Program, five experts from the state Hundred-Thousand-Ten Thousand Personnel Project (Bai Qian Wan Talented Staff Project), 48 experts awarded the Special Governmental Allowance, 35 professors titled the Province/Ministry-Level Experts with Distinguished Contribution, 76 doctoral supervisors, eight excellent experts awarded for their outstanding contribution in teaching at the national and at the provincial/ministerial level respectively, six awardees of Fok Ying Tung Young Teacher Award and 16 awardees of Sun Yueqi Scientific and Educational Foundation.
SWPU has a complete educational system involving postgraduate education, common higher education, advanced vocational technology education, adult education It governs 18 schools and departments that offer 55 bachelor’s degree programs. 77 master’s degree programs, 24 doctor’s degree programs, three post-doctoral research centers. There are three national key disciplines, 12 ministerial and provincial key disciplines; 7 National Quality Courses and 13 Ministerial and Provincial Quality Courses. Over 23000 undergraduates and more than 3000 post-graduates are studying in SWPU.
SWPU has been strong in science and research work and making remarkable achievements over the years. From the provincial, ministerial level up to the national level, It has 23 research centers and laboratories, including: one State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, one Oil and Gas Equipment Key Laboratory under the supervision of Ministry of Education (MOE), one Natural Gas Exploitation Engineering Research Center under the supervision of MOE, one Oil Field Petrochemical Engineering Research Center under the supervision of MOE, one Natural Gas Exploration and Exploitation Research Experimental Base under the supervision of Sichuan province, One Oil and Gas Development Research Center under the supervision of Sichuan province, etc. At the university, two extensive libraries are available to offer a collection over 1.7239 million bound volumes books and 30,000 GB electronic-books. It has three field practice bases and one science and technology exchange center.
SWPU, attaching major importance to international exchanges and cooperation, has established good collaboration relationship with such countries as the United States, Russia, Britain, Japan, France, Canada and other institutions of higher education, academic research institutions in various countries and regions. It has joined the Sino-American 1 +2 +1 Dual-Degree program, jointly initiated by China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE) American Association of State Colleges and Universities（AASCU）.
Our graduates are spoken highly of by their employers. Within the past ten years the proportion of students successfully being employed ranked high.