Introduction to the Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering
The Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering has developed from the Department of Chemical Engineering of Kunming Institute of Technology that was established in 1958. In 1978, with the consent of the former State Education Commission of PRC, the major of Inorganic Physics and Engineering was reorganized by the Ministry of Metallurgy to the major of Environmental Monitoring and Management, and as such the Department of Chemical Engineering was renamed the Department of Environmental Engineering. In 1990, it was renamed the Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering and in 1999 the Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering (hereinafter referred to as the Faculty). In 2002, the Faculty took the lead in setting up the major of Renewable Resources Science and Technology in China. Currently, the faculty has three subordinates, namely the Department of Environmental Engineering, the Department of Environmental Science and the Department of Renewable Resources Science and Technology.
Great historic opportunities and challenges have been provided for the development of the Faculty by the 40 years of reform and opening-up. Currently, the Faculty has a complete talent-training system, cultivating bachelors, masters, doctors, and post-doctors. Specifically, the Faculty has the doctoral-degree conferring spots in Environmental Science and Engineering (first-level discipline) and in Energy and Environmental Protection; the master’s degree conferring spots in Environmental Science and Engineering (first-level discipline) and in Ecology (first-level discipline); one post-doctoral research station and two academician workstations in Environmental Science and Engineering, among which Environmental Engineering is a national key discipline and Environmental Science and Engineering a key discipline in Yunnan Province.
There are altogether76 faculty members, including 62 full-time teachers, 19 professors, 27 associate professors, 17 lecturers, and 51 doctoral degree recipients. One of the recipients of National Outstanding Youth Fund, one of the Young and Middle-aged Scientific and technological Innovative Leaders of the Ministry of Science and Technology, one of the Scientific and Technological Leaders of Yunnan Province, one of the national selectees of “Talents Project”, one of the listed teachers of Ten-thousand Talents Program, one of the recipients of National Teaching Masters Award, one of the recipients of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, one of the selectees of “New Century Excellent Talents Training Program” of the Ministry of Education, one of the recipients of State Council’s special allowance, four of Hundred Overseas High-level Talents in Yunnan Province, eleven of Young and Middle-aged Academic and Technological Leaders in Yunnan Province, and five listed talents in “Thousands of People Plan” in Yunnan Province are engaged here. The Faculty has also one of Teaching Studios for Institutions of Higher Learning in Yunnan Province.
Fruitful achievements have been made by the Faculty over the past 60 years in talent-training, scientific research, social service, cultural inheritance and innovation, and international communication and cooperation. Specifically, More than 8000 talents of different levels have been cultivated here and provided for the society. The faculty has won one first prize of National Teaching Achievement Award, three prizes of Provincial Teaching Achievement Award, one second prize of National Technology Invention Award and twenty-seven prizes of Provincial and Ministerial Science and Technology Achievement Award. Moreover, the Faculty has undertaken more than 1000 national and provincial scientific research projects, published more than 50 monographs and more than 500 SCI/EI papers, and obtained more than 1000 patents. The funding for scientific research in the recent five years has reached 114million yuan.
There are National Regional Engineering Research Center-NCW, Western Typical Industries Pollution Control Cooperative Innovation Center, Soil Carbon-fixation and Pollution Control Key Laboratory of Yunnan Province, Industrial Waste Gas Purification and Utilization Engineering Research Center in Yunnan Province, National Environmental Protection and Industrious Resources Recycling Engineering and Technology (Kunming) Center, Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control Key Laboratory in Institutions of Higher Learning of Yunnan Province, Environmental Soil Science Key Laboratory in Institutions of Higher Learning of Yunnan Province, Water Pollution Control Technology and Application Engineering in Institutions of Higher Learning of Yunnan Province. Currently, the Faculty covers a total area of more than 18000 square meters and has fixed assets of equipments and instruments worth 40 million yuan including the domestically-advanced facilities for the research of environmental wind tunnels. There are also six of Industrial Waste Gas Purification and Utilization Provincial Innovation Team in Yunnan Province, and two of College-level Innovation Team.
The Faculty has been listed as Environmental Science and Technology High-tech Technology Innovation Talents Training Base in Yunnan Province. The major of Environmental Engineering, which is graded as one of National Characteristic Majors in Institutions of Higher Learning and Regional Characteristic and High-level University Brand Majors has been selected by the Ministry of Education into “Excellent Engineer Education and Training Program” and was in the first batch certified by China Engineering Education Accreditation Association. The major of Renewable Resources Science and Technology (Resources and Environmental Science), which is the key and characteristic major of Yunnan Province, has been listed as Talent-training Mode Innovation Experimental Area in Yunnan Province. The course of Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal has been graded as National Excellent Video Open Course, Environmental Toxicology Bilingual Teaching Demonstration Course in Yunnan Province. The Faculty has the National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center in Environmental Engineering. The Faculty’s Waste Recycling and Comprehensive Utilization Teaching Team has been listed as National Teaching Team, and Environmental Science and Engineering Teacher Team was in the first batch selected by the Ministry of Education into “Huang Danian Teacher Team of National Universities and Colleges”. And the Faculty’s Environmental Soil and Ecological Safety Innovation Team was awarded the title of “Worker’s Pioneer” by All-China Federation of Trade Unions.
Stable and friendly relationships have been established by the faculty with many famous colleges, universities and research institutions both at home and abroad, with cooperation made in scientific research, academic exchange and the joint training of bachelors, masters, doctors, and teachers.
Adhering to the motto of “Enriching the World, Learning to Reach the Four Frontiers” and seizing the historical opportunities, taking morality as the foundation, academic pursuit the theme, science and education the focus, and talent training the strategy, the Faculty has been steadily proceeding towards the goal of building first-class disciplines, and cultivating first-class undergraduates and talents.
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