Beijing Forestry University (BFU)
No. 35, East Qinghua Road, Haidian District, Beijing
A key national university under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and technically affiliated to the State Forestry Administration (SFA), Beijing Forestry University (BFU) is consecutively listed among China’s prestigious universities that are entitled to enjoy financial supports from the country’s educational initiatives like the Innovation Platform for Prioritized Academic Disciplines and the Higher Education Reinvigoration Project 211. BFU is also among the 56 universities in China that have MOE-approved Graduate Schools. As another major milestone in its development, BFU has since 2011 been honored as a member of the League of Hi-tech & Science for Universities in Beijing and in 2012 initiatedSystematic Innovation Centerof Efficient Cultivation and Utilization of Forest Resources, the first forestry coordinative innovation center in China.
The history of BFU can be dated back to 1902. Originally known as the Forestry Section of the Agriculture Department of the Imperial University of Peking (JingshiDaxuetang, predecessor of Peking University). In 1952, an independent Beijing Forestry College (BFC) was set up, which was one of the earliest higher education institutes in the country that specialized in forest studies. Thanks to the unrelenting efforts of all the faculty and students over the past six decades, BFU has developed itself from a specialized college in forestry to its current status as a multi-disciplinary university with leading positions among its counterparts in such disciplines as forestry, soil and water conservation, desertification control and prevention, landscape architecture, biology, and forest engineering, together with an extensive coverage of disciplines in agriculture, science and technology, economics and management, liberal arts, fine arts, law, and philosophy. Around 100,000 high-level forestry professionals and overseas students have emerged from BFU as the builders of the country, including 13 celebrated academicians and a whole stock of distinguished scientists, researchers and managers.
Currently, BFU is arranged into 15schools and colleges of studies, a Graduate School, a School of Continuing Education and a School of International Studies, offering 57 undergraduate programs, 116 master’s programs, 39 PhD schemes and 6post-doctoral research stations. With three distinguished academicians in the leading, a highly competent teaching force provides high-quality education to 32,000 students, which breaks down to approximately 13,000 undergraduates, 4,600 graduates, 13,000 continuing education students and 1,700 part-time graduate students. Partnerships have also been entered between BFU, with over 180 higher education institutes, research institutes or NGOs throughout 30 countries and regions to carry out cooperative endeavors in education, scientific research and technologies.
Remarkable achievements have been made by BFU in both teaching and research. With 8 State Awards for Excellence in Teaching and40awards from provincial/ministerial authorities, BFU stands ahead of its counterparts in China. In addition, the university has gone through a fruitful decade since 2000in scientific research, winning 3State Awards for Technological Invention and 12 State Awards for Science & Technology Achievements, and has established 32state-level or provincial/ministerial-level science-technology platforms and six comprehensive fieldwork bases. Science- and Technology-based industries affiliated to BFU have also boomed. Beijing Forestry University Science Co. Ltd. (BFUS) has been listed among the Key New & Hi-tech Enterprises that are entitled to supportive policies under the National Torch Initiative. Moreover, researchers and scholars of BFU have often been either taking leading roles or actively involved, through provision of technical consultation, in the compilation of China’s State Strategic Plan for Forestry Development and in the making of many other policy-decisions concerning the country’s eco-security, resource conservation and other critical issues.
BFU is now endeavoring to bring into reality the university’s vision: developing it into an internationally-recognized, competitive, research-oriented university with distinctive academic features.