1953: The predecessor of HEU, the PLA Military Engineering Institute was established, and Senior General Chen Geng acted as the first president. Chairman Mao gave the instructions for the establishment. According to the types of the services, the Institute was subdivided into five parts: Department of Air Force Engineering, Department of Artillery Engineering, Department of Naval Force Engineering
HEU has formed a well-structured curriculum that is characterized by the main subjects as well as distinctive, related disciplines with matching support and reasonable structural layout:
The university maintains strong technical knowledge in the shipping, ocean and nuclear fields. Its underwater robots, shipping anti-rolling technology, integrated navigation, acoustic positioning and nuclear power simulation have occupied advanced domestic and international positions, leading HEU to become one of the main forces in the basic and applied research of China's ship science and technology. It is renowned for providing key units of the navy's advanced technical equipment and being a reliable resource for developers of high-techmarine equipment in China.
The Harbin Engineering University Library was founded in 1953. The present building was built in 1990. It has 11174 square meters and holds 1200 reading seats.
Harbin Engineering University Library's collection emphasizes Science and Engineering, especially in the shipping industry, ocean exploration and nuclear application, and also covers broad subjects of humanities, social science.
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