The School of Physics at Huazhong University of Science and Technology is among the fastest-developing Physics Faculty in the world. Started in 1983 as a small department, the Faculty contains now 120 tenured and tenure-track members, with 50 professors and 50 associated professors; The Faculty has more than 10 high-level research groups, including the “NSF Renovation Group for Gravitational Theory and Experiment” and the “MOE Renovation Group for Ultrafast Optics”. The MOE ranking of HUST physics rose from 19th in 2007 to be 12th in 2012. And in the past 3 years, the Faculty continued be in a rapidly uprising stage: obtaining about 30 new NSF grants each year, with over 100 research projects ongoing via a total funding over 100 million RMB, publishing over 500 SCI papers with more and more in prestigious journals.
The international impact of physics at HUST is quickly increasing. HUST is the unique university in the world which has three affiliated National Laboratories related to Physics: The Wuhan National Laboratory of Optoelectronics, National Pulsed High Magnetic Field Center, and the National Precision Gravitational Measurement Facility under construction led by the School of Physics. They strongly support the research of AMO, condensed matter physics, precision measurement, fundamental theoretical physics and test of fundamental physical laws, and geophysics, etc.