Attention has always been paid to the development of university by the Chinese government. In 1988, the great leader Deng Xiaoping inscribed the school name. In 1994 former President Jiang Zenmin expressed his great support to the research project of Underground Coal Gasification at CUMT-Beijing. On January 19, 1996 former President Jiang Zemin inspected CUMT-Beijing and delivered important instructions on strategic development and technological education of energy science. He also wrote an inscription on May 18, 1999 to mark the 90th anniversary of CUMT: To make CUMT a world-class university in energy science through development, innovation and precise attitudes towards teaching & researches. On June 6 of the same year, Li Peng, former Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, also wrote an inscription to mark the 90th anniversary of CUMT: To develop technology and education in energy science, to train more excellent talents for the next century. Since then, Wu Bangguo, Li Lanqing, Chen Zhili and other CPC Party and state leaders have also been to CUMT-Beijing for inspection. In June 2009, Premier Wen Jiabao gave an autograph inscription for the statue of Mr. Sun Yueqi, the former director of the university. On October 14, 2009, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, State Councilor Liu Yandong inspected CUMT-Beijing and gave her guidance. On October 18, 2009, the General Secretary of CPC Central Committee, President Hu Jintao sent a congratulatory message for the university’s centennial celebration, encouraging the university “to further highlight characteristics, direct education towards modernization, towards the world and towards the future, make efforts to cultivate more high-quality innovative talents to get more high level achievements of scientific research, and make new and greater contributions to enhancing the technical level of China’s energy resource industry and to promoting the sound and rapid development of China's economy and society”, which further pointed out the direction for the future development of the university.
Currently CUMT-Beijing consists of one graduate school and 11 academic schools. It also has one first-grade national key discipline, 8 national key disciplines, one national key cultivated discipline and 9 provincial key disciplines; 16 first-grade disciplines conferring Doctor Degrees, 35 first-grade disciplines conferring Master Degrees, 69 second-grade disciplines conferring Doctor Degrees, 173 second-grade disciplines conferring Master Degrees, 9 professional degree authorization stations for Master Degree, 60 specialties for undergraduates, 8 “211 Project” construction programs of key disciplines during the “10th Five-Year” Plan period, 8 disciplines for special appointed professors by the name of “Cheung Kong Scholar Program”, and 14post-doctoral research stations. It has built 2 State Key Laboratories and one National Engineering Research Center, together with 2 engineering research centers listed by China Ministry of Education, one key laboratory listed by Beijing Municipal Government, and more than 20 basic and specialized laboratories in various disciplines. In 2007, the university established China’s first Technology Park with energy and safety as its features — “Zhongguancun Energy and Safety Technology Park” and “China University of Mining and Technology Overseas Students Pioneer Park”. The Directors Board of China University of Mining and Technology -Beijing was established in 2008. At present, a total of 77 energy enterprises have become directors of the Board. In 2010, the Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology was built in cooperation with Beijing municipal government.
CUMT-Beijing now has 6 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 153 supervisors for doctoral candidates and 159 supervisors for master candidates. Among the full-time teachers, more than 73% hold doctorates and 97% master degrees. The university boasts 7 winners of the National Outstanding Youth Science Foundation, 3 teachers entitled as National Outstanding Young and Middle-aged Expert, 5 winners of China Youth Science and Technology Award, 2 winners of Li Siguang Geological Science Award, 9 teachers selected as “New Century Millions of National-level Outstanding Talents”, 2 awarded as National-level Excellent Teacher, 3 rated as outstanding teachers in Beijing, 9 winners of Beijing Distinguished Teacher in Higher Education, 36 teachers included in the Ministry of Education’s Excellent Talents Support Program for the new century, and 6 elected to the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology New Star Program. There are also 3 “Plans for Innovative Research Teams” and 6 special appointed professors by the name of “Cheung Kong Scholar Program” in this university.
Over the years, with gradual deepening of teaching reform in the university, the quality of education has been improved continuously. From 2000 to 2009, seven doctoral dissertations had been evaluated as top-100 nationwide outstanding dissertations. 1 student from this university out of the 10 winners in the whole country won the first “Outstanding Postdoctoral Award” in 2000. The Post-doctoral Scientific Research Stations on “Science and Technology of Surveying and Mapping” and on “Mining Engineering” in the university were awarded “National Outstanding Post-doctoral Scientific Research Station” in 2005 and 2010. 2 teachers were entitled “Excellent Post-doctoral Researchers” in 2005; 8 postdoctoral researchers won the China postdoctoral Science Foundation in 2011. Meanwhile, 2 papers were selected as the 2007 China’s 100 Most Influential domestic academic papers; 3 doctoral dissertations were selected as Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Beijing; 2 professional master students were awarded “excellent engineering masters with outstanding contributions” by national steering committee for professional degree education. Since the restoration of undergraduate education in 1998, the university has continuously increased the investment in undergraduate education and actively built a research-oriented undergraduate education system. Currently, the university boasts 8 specialties authorized as the first-grade national “University Characteristic Specialty Construction Site”, and 8 specialties authorized as Beijing University Characteristic Specialty. The specialty of Safety Engineering was the first special in the whole country that passed the Accreditation for Engineering Education by Ministry of Education. There are also one national experimental and teaching demonstration center, 2 national engineering practice education center, 2 municipal-level experimental and teaching demonstration centers in Beijing, and 4 municipal-level training bases outside the school in this university. Besides, 5 courses were evaluated as Beijing high-quality courses; 3 textbooks were named Beijing top-quality teaching materials for higher education; one textbook won the project foundation of the Beijing top-quality teaching materials; 5 teams were rated as excellent teaching teams in Beijing. Since 2005, CUMT-Beijing has won a total of 17 Beijing Outstanding teaching Achievement Awards, including 8 first-place awards. The university has been actively organizing students to participate in various science and technology competitions. In recent years, nearly a thousand students have won prizes. In 2010, the university won 4 first-place awards in Beijing Undergraduate Mathematical Contest, 2 first-place team awards at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Mathematical Contest in Modeling; one first-place award in a race of the Beijing University Students’ chemistry experiment; and one first-place award in China Robot Competition. In 2011, the university won three first-place awards respectively in Beijing Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest, Beijing University Computer Application Contest and Beijing University physics experiments race. The work on students’ employment has also achieved satisfying results, realizing a high employment rate of graduates, with the average annual employment rate over 96%. After years of efforts, the university has formed a school-running pattern that attaches equal importance to both post-graduate education and undergraduate education. At present, on the basis of a research-oriented undergraduate education system and an open style graduate education system, the university has been making efforts to establish an elite education and teaching system in energy industry, so as to build an internationally renowned high-level university of mining and technology with distinctive features. The university now has more than 13,000 students, including 5935 graduates, 5253 undergraduates, and 1972 adult education college students.
In recent years, with gradual deepening of reform in scientific research management, the ability of scientific and technological innovation has been greatly enhanced. Over the past few years the university has won 21 State Science and Technology Awards, including 10 National Invention Awards and Science and Technology Progress Awards as the first complete unit. In 2008 the university won 2 second-place National Science and Technology Progress Awards as the first complete unit, ranking No.8 in all national universities; in 2010 the university won 5 National Science and Technology Progress Awards and Invention Awards, among which 2 were gained as the first complete unit, ranking No. 9 in all national universities. Since the “11th Five-Year” Plan, the university has won a total of 232 provincial and ministerial awards, and formulated 41 standards of the People’s Republic of China, the Coal industry and the industry of safety production as the first complete unit. The number of papers included by SCI, EI and ISTP has multiplied; the number of authorized patents and research funding has maintained a momentum of continuous growth; brilliant achievement has been made in scientific research projects, academic innovation teams and technology talents building.
With emphasis on domestic and international academic exchanges and cooperation in science and technology, CUMT-Beijing has initialized the founding of “Beijing High-Tech Universities Alliance” together with other 10 high level universities with industry characteristics, and established such educational ties with dozens of foreign universities and academic organizations. In August 1999, the International Symposium on Mining Science & Technology (’99ISMST) was successfully held at CUMT-Beijing. In April 2001, the 29th International Symposium on Computers Applications in Mineral Industries (APCOM 2001) was also held in this university. In September 2006, the 23rd Annual Meeting of International Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) was held successfully on campus and this was the first time that TSOP series had ever been convened in China of a developing country. In September 2011, CUMT-Beijing successfully convened the first session of the International Conference of the Safety Behavior and Safety Management, which was the first international conference on the theme of behavioral safety held by mainstream academic institutions in China. In September 2012, the university successfully held a joint meeting of the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Coal Petrology Committee and the 29th Annual Meeting of International Society for Organic Petrology (ICCP-TSOP), which was the first time that this joint meeting had ever been convened in Asia and in a developing country. Currently, CUMT-Beijing has signed inter-university cooperation contracts with 18 world-renowned universities and scientific research institutions such as Pennsylvania State University in U.S.A, University of Western Australia, Technical University-Freiberg in Germany, University of Mining and Technology in Moscow, University of Mons in Belgium, and Baptist University in Hong Kong, the U.S. Northwest Pacific National Laboratory, the Russian Academy of Engineering, and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia and so on. At the same time, CUMT-Beijing has carried out academic exchanges in relevant disciplines with more than 50 renowned universities and scientific research institutions. Currently, 145 graduate students have been selected to participate in the “national program of sending graduates to high-level universities on a government sponsorship” through joint training or PhD education in University of Cambridge, the Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan, the University of Berlin, Waseda University in Japan, University of Alberta in Canada, and other well-known world universities.
CUMT-Beijing will stick to the educational philosophy of “focusing on proficiency, capacity and characteristics”, follow the overall development principle of “enhanced features, improved quality, enriched concept and outward development”, concentrate on the three key points of “overall planning, team building, and scientific management”, make great efforts to promote educational, technological and management innovation in order to enhance the core competitiveness of CUMT-Beijing, and strive to build it into an open, multi-disciplinary and research-oriented high-level university with mining and security features that is influential both at home and abroad.
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