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The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB)

The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) was founded in 1952 following the amalgamation of the best departments in related fields of five eminent universities as a result of a nationwide reorganization of the higher education system. Over half a century of remarkable growth, it has developed into one of the most influential key national universities sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education. USTB is renowned for its study of metallurgy and materials science. Its main focus is on engineering;at the same time it maintains a balanced programme of science, management, humanities, economics and law. It was one of the first universities to be entitled to establish state-approved graduate schools and was chosen to be part of China's "211 Project", which is designed to develop a hundred first rate universities in the 21st century. In 2006 it was also selected as one of a select group of pilot universities for the "Platform for National Advanced Disciplines Innovation" program.

USTB values greatly and will for ever cherish its long tradition of being "Rigorous in Learning and Research and Venerating Practice". Over 100,000 graduates are contributing to society all over the world; most of them have become professionals and joined our national elites in the field of politics, economics, science and education. As metallurgy and materials science are the two disciplines for which it is most renowned, USTB is also known as "the cradle of iron and steel engineers" .

USTB is now working hard towards its goal of becoming one of the top-ranking research universities in China and an internationally renowned higher education institute with its own distinguishing features. While retaining its current leading position in metallurgy and materials sciences, it is making great efforts to develop other areas and to achieve a balanced disciplinary structure in engineering and technology, science, management, economics, social sciences, humanities and law in the near future.



The Center for Sustainable Environmental Sanitation (CSES), integrated in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) was created in 2007 with the objective to build capacity among young professionals (Chinese and international) in the interrelated sectors of sustainable environmental sanitation, food security, bioenergy and climate protection. Up to 30 master and PhD candidates (about 50% of them belong to the male gender) do their research and project work in the CSES under guidance from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Li Zifu, environmental sanitation expert, and Dipl.-Ing. Heinz-Peter Mang, ecological sanitation and bioenergy expert. These students are coming from different Chinese provinces and different economic groups of the Chinese population: daughters and sons from workers, farmers and academicians.

The CSES cooperates largely with national and international universities, organizations and individuals in the above mentioned sectors. Already in 2007, CSES and WORLD TOILET ORGANIZATION signed an agreement on cooperation to set up the World Toilet College (WTC) - China Node in the future Centre; in May 2008 the CSES have received the task from GTZ to coordinate the GTZ-ecosan relation among Chinese partners and to distribute the Chinese EcoSan Newsletter among the 100 registered users of the google-China EcoSan discussion group and the 5000 members of the China Biogas Association.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.