By the numbers: Highlights of Hubei’s science and education

Hubei boasts 129 universities, including 7 universities affiliated to the Ministry of Education and 1 university affiliated to the National Ethnic Affairs Commission, as well as 3,675 scientific research institutions.

The province embraces 29 state key laboratories, 182 provincial key laboratories, 20 national technology transfer demonstration organizations, 32 international science and technology cooperation bases, 63 national high-tech business incubators and 83 national makerspaces, ranking 4th, 4th, 9th, 7th, 6th and 9th nationwide, respectively.

Hubei ranks 4th to 5th in light of the number of national science and technology awards. The number of first-class disciplines and A-category disciplines ranks 4th to 5th nationwide.

There are National Optoelectronics Research Center and 3 major national scientific and technological infrastructures in Hubei, including Pulsed High Magnetic Field, Precision Gravity Measurement Facility and Wireless Electromagnetic Method.

By the end of 2020, Hubei has a total of 12 national high-tech zones, ranking 4th in China. Wuhan East Lake High-tech Development Zone ranked 4th place in the 2019 national high-tech zone comprehensive evaluation, and its knowledge creation and technological innovation capabilities ranked 2nd. There are 10,404 high-tech enterprises in the province, ranking 7th nationwide.

Since the beginning of the 13th Five-Year Plan period, the number of scientific research institutions in Hubei has increased from 2,245 to 3,678; the number of invention patents owned by per 10,000 people has increased from 4.3 to 12.4; the added value of high-tech industries has increased from 502.894 billion yuan to 868.41 billion yuan; the number of high-tech companies increased from 3,317 to 10,404; the transaction volume of technology contracts increased from 83.01 billion yuan to 168.7 billion yuan, an increase of 63.8 percent, 188.4 percent, 72.7 percent, 213.7 percent and 103.2 percent, respectively.

Hubei’s scientific and technological innovation capability has risen from 10th to 8th in China. The province’s contribution rate of scientific and technological progress has increased from 53.8 percent at the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan Period to 60.33 percent in 2020.