University is a key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Founded in 1893, Wuhan University not only has a glorious tradition, but also enjoys very high academic prestige. It is ranked as one of the top 10 universities in China. And in 1999, Wuhan university is appraised “as one of the most outstanding universities in China” by SCIENCE.
Wuhan University is located in Wuhan, the heartland of central China. The university features spectacular natural surroundings with the scenic Luojia Hill in it and the beautiful East Lake by its side. Its 373 hectares campus is wooded and green, and has fragrant flowers everywhere all the year round. The buildings are in special architectural styles, magnificent and mansion looking. Therefore, Wuhan University is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful universities in the world.
The University now has more than 50,000 students, including 32,000 undergraduates, 18,000 graduates and 2300 foreign students.
International School of Software, Wuhan University, the first batch of demonstrational software school in China was established in March 2002. As one of the national demonstrational schools dedicated to supplying high-level interdisciplinary software talents, the school is administered independently and has put an emphasis on internationalized education.
The School have 4 departments including Department of Software engineering，Department of Spatial Information & Digital Techniques, Department of Digital Arts, and Department of Integrated circuit & Communication Software, and 4 scientific research institutions：ISS experimental center, Research and Development center of ISS, Spatial Information & Digital engineering Center, International & Engineering education center, Hubei software engineers and technical support platform. At present, The school have 2 undergraduate majors: software engineering and Spatial Information & Digital Techniques , and they won the title of Second characteristic specialties construction from the Ministry of Education. The school have two doctor programs including Services science and Digital-media and three master programs- Software engineering , Service science and Digital-media.
The school has 210 full-time and part-time teachers. 54 are full-time teachers. Among them, 11 are doctoral supervisor, 18 are professors, 15 are associate professors,. More than 90% of the faculty have doctorate degrees and most of them have experience of studying or working abroad. 96 are external teachers, 60 are Dual professors in Wuhan University. Among them, 2 are academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 78 are professors, 28 are associate professors and 14 are senior software engineers.
The school have most advanced teaching laboratory and professional laboratory with high- performanced servers and computers , facilities and softwares for experiment and scientific research & teaching, Great Wall broadband and school network. And all the facilities are free to the students of International School of Software.
Relying on its schooling advantages, the International School of Software pursues internationalization of software engineering education. The school has invited distinguished professors and experts from famous universities such as Tokyo Institute of Technology and Canadian Quebec University etc, and IT corporations such as Microsoft, IBM to give lessons or deliver academic lectures to the students. It also establishes overseas practice base in the U.S., Europe, Japan and India, and signs cooperative agreements with foreign universities such as DCU, CMU, EMU, JMU, UW-L ,CNAM, UM,etc, in the fields of introducing first-rank original text books and courses, teachers’ training, cultivating students andcollaborative research. Such international programs also provides chances to students to study abraod. The school pays much attention to practice training and cultivate students’ innovation ability. It is the first school in Wuhan University to carry out three- terms system, and cooperates with famous IT corporations such as IBM, Microsoft, Neusoft, ICSS etc to make students take part in project training. The school also builds practice bases in Beiing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and some other cities, to intensify application-oriented practice and graduation project. Many courses in International School of Software are taught in English or bilingual, and main specialty courses are introduced from Carnegie-Mellon University . The school also provides intensive English courses to improve students’ oral English.
The school also introduces certification courses e.g. DB2 and Websphere from IBM; MCSD, MCDBA and MCSE from Microsoft , OCP and DBA from Oracle, Gromidia from Intergraph, Maya from Autodesk, and CCNA, CCNP from Cisco, for students to take as elective courses reckoning in credits, so as to encourage them to be certified by the first-class software