School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University, is a polytechnic institute founded in January 2008 on the basis of the original Department of Earth Sciences. Now, it has three departments, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Water Sciences and Department of Geological Engineering and Information Technology.
The school has 150 faculty members, including 3 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 65 professors (including 44 doctoral supervisors), 46 associate professors, 39 lecturers, 5 Distinguished Professors in the Changjiang Scholars Program, 2 academic chair professors, 10 winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars and 1 with the title National Outstanding Teacher.
The School of Earth Sciences and Engineering is one of the oldest geology educational programs in China. It has nurtured a large number of outstanding geoscientists and has the largest number of graduates who are now academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the winners of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars among universities within China. The school tradition and characteristics in its history of over 90 years can be summarized as “patriotism and dedication, sincerity and unity, science and democracy, and realism and innovation.”
Each year, the school enrolls about 100 undergraduates, who major in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology and water resources, and geological engineering. It has two first-level doctoral-degree-conferring disciplines, geology and geological resources and engineering, eight second-level doctoral-degree-conferring disciplines, including the deposit mineralogy petrology, structural geology, geochemistry, paleontology and stratigraphy, hydrology and water resources, mineral prospecting and exploration, earth exploration and information technology, and geological engineering, and nine second-level master-degree-conferring disciplines. Each year, the school enrolls about 90 master’s students and 40 doctoral students. In addition, the school also has a post-doctoral station in geology.
In the key construction disciplines in the National “211” and “985” Projects, the School of Earth Sciences and Engineering has geology as the first-level national key discipline and hydrology and water resources as the national key construction discipline and the provincial key discipline of Jiangsu Province. The school also has the national geology talents training base and the national experimental teaching demonstration center, both approved by the Ministry of Education. In the latest assessment by the Academic Degree Center of the Ministry of Education, the geology discipline of Nanjing University was ranked the first of universities in China; geology and geochemistry were listed as the Best Brand Disciplines of Jiangsu Province (A category) and leading disciplines; hydrology and water resources and geological engineering were awarded the Distinctive Disciplines of Jiangsu Province.
The school has two basic tasks, talent cultivation and scientific research. In talent cultivation, it focuses on cultivating high-quality, broad-based, and creative talents in aspects of virtue, knowledge and capacity. The undergraduate course series includes basic courses, core compulsory courses and cutting-edge elective courses. During the undergraduate years, students participate in two field practice sessions: general geology practice (lakes and hills in Nanjing) and the regional geological surveying practice (Chaohu-based). It lays stress on the integration of teaching and scientific research. Good undergraduates can be admitted to the graduate program without taking the entrance examination and outstanding masters can apply for the master-doctorcontinuous program.
In recent years, the school has published over 20 types of text materials, won 7 national teaching achievement prizes, and 15 provincial/ministerial teaching achievement prizes. In scientific research, it has undertaken about 1,000 national key projects with nearly 100 million yuan of annual research grant. Each year, it publishes about 100 papers in SCI journals.
The School of Earth Sciences and Engineering hosts the State Key Laboratory for Mineral Deposits Research and the Ministry-of-Education Key Laboratory of Supergene Geochemistry. It has a well-equipped experimental analysis system and is able to carry out microcrystalline, constant and trace element analysis, isotope analysis, inclusion research and diagenetic mineralization experiments for all kinds of geological samples. Relying on its faculty, the school has established 14 earth science research institutes. For instance, the InstituteofGeophysicsand Dynamics has 45 sets of internationally advanced broadband seismographs. With the permission of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology, the school publishes the journal College Geology and runs the Museum of Earth Sciences at Nanjing University.
In international cooperation, the school has set up relationships of cooperation and exchange with dozens of universities and research institutions at home and abroad. It has succeeded in holding a series of national and international conferences. It has invites famous scholars at abroad to give lectures and has sent teachers to attend international conferences or carry out cooperative research. To broaden the vision of students, the school sent students for field practice at Lake Baikal and at Mount Tianshan together with students from California Institute of Technology (USA). Graduates from the school can be employed in many areas and are regarded by employers as having good learning, good ability and good potential.
Zhu Gongshan Building, Xianlin Campus, No. 163 of Xianlin Avenue, Qixia District, Nanjing, China 210023
School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Nanjing University
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