As one of the national software schools in the country, the School of Software and Microelectronics, Northwestern Polytechnical University was founded in 2001 by the Ministry of Education and the Commission of National Development Planning in accordance with strategic adjustment of the national economy and the urgent need for engineers in software and microelectronics industry. At present, the total enrollment is about 1800 students, including about 1200 undergraduate students, and more than 600 graduate students in the school.
Aiming at the advanced international IT technology, the school introduces and digests the leading results, and explores new ways to realize the integration between software talents cultivation and international demand. Apart from introducing software engineering courses of Carnegie Mellon University, the School has also invited highly respectable professors, industrial experts and engineers from both home and abroad to deliver lectures bilingually. In teaching fundamental knowledge, the School lays stress on delivering new technology, cultivating practical abilities and enhancing professional quality.
For setting up an international engineering software talent training base, the School has cooperated with the famous companies and institutes at home and abroad, such as IBM, MICROSOFT, INTEL, ORACLE, CISCO, HP, BEA, Toshiba Corporation, Xi’an National Software Base, Huawei Corporation, VanceInfo Technologies Inc., Digital China, and the Computer Technology Institute of Aviation Industry Corporation of China, etc., setting a good example of university-industry cooperation.
The School has worked as the supporting institution when NPU founded the “International Software Talent Training Base” approved by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs in 2003, the “National IC Talent Training Base” approved by the Ministry of Education in 2004, and the “National Center for Linux Technical Training and Promotion” approved by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology in 2005.
The school respectively passed the mid-term assessment of the Ministry of Education in 2003 and performance assessment by the Ministry of Education in 2006 with advanced ranks. Education reform project “The Innovation and Practice of International Engineering Software Talent Cultivation” won the second prize of the 2009 National Teaching Achievement award.