The institute has been consistently keeping teaching as the central task and advancing the construction of quality engineering. In the recent years, a series of reforms and explorations on talent cultivation, curriculum system, teaching contents and methods, practical teaching, as well as textbook construction, have been carried out and gained great achievements. Up to now , it has been granted one second award for national teaching achievement, two first awards and nine second awards for provincial teaching achievement, thirty-seven awards for office-level teaching achievement. It boasts two national excellent courses, twenty-nine provincial excellent courses and fifty-nine institute-level excellent courses. Centers for the Mechanical Engineering Experimental Teaching and Electric Engineering and Automation Experiment are rated as the “Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of the Gansu Institutes of Higher Education”.
The institute has been working hard to carry out scientific studies and improve its academic research proficiency. About 275 projects has been approved, among which eight were approved by National Natural Science Foundation of China, one by the National Social Science Foundation of China, fifty-one by the provincial science and technology project. Eighty-seven projects were granted the Award for Science and Technology Advancement (seven), an Award for Social Science Advancement, an Award for Science and Technology Advancement of Gansu Institutes of Higher Education, and an Award for Social Science Advancement of Gansu Institutes of Higher Education respectively. To date, Forty-five patents have been obtained. Teachers have published 3,200 research papers in total, of which 231 were covered by SCI, EI and ISTP.