Nanjing ForestryUniversity (NFU), located in the east of Nanjing,at the foot of PurpleMountain and east of XuanwuLake,is a comprehensive university administered directly by Jiangsu ProvincialDepartment of Education. Its origin can be traced back to 1902, when it wasfounded as SanjiangNormalCollege.Then, it evolved as: Forest Departments of JinlingUniversity (founded in 1888) and CentralUniversity (in 1902). During thenationwide restructuring of institutions of higher learning in 1952, the universitywas called NanjingForestryCollegecombined with different forest departments from WuhanUniversity, NanchangUniversity and HubeiAgriculturalCollege. NFU was alsonamed Nanjing Technological College of Forest Products in 1972. Again in 1983NFU resumed its name as NanjingForestryCollege.1985 witnessed the founding of NanjingForestryUniversity.
At present, NFU has 60 Departments in 22 Colleges of Forestry ,Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronic andMechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economics and Management, Humanitiesand Social Sciences, Information Science and Technology, Landscape Architecture, Science, Foreign Languages, Art Design, Furnishings and Industrial Design, Light Industry and Food, Automobile and Transportation Engineering, Biology and Environment, Graduate School, Applied Technology, Continuing Education, International Education, College of Marxism, Physical Education Department, Teaching Research Department of Ideological and Political Theory and Nanfang College.
NFU has beenauthorized to confer master and doctoral degrees in addition to conferringbachelor degrees. NFU offers 75 undergraduate programs,70 master degreeprograms and27 doctorate programs. Thediscipline of Forestry, as a first-class discipline which can confer thedoctoral degree, is also authorized to confer a professional master degree inAgricultural Extension. The discipline of Forestry Engineering, as afirst-class discipline which can confer the doctoral degree, is also authorizedto confer a master degree in engineering. NFU currently possesses 8 Current Centers for Postdoctoral Researchers with 3 first-class disciplines. There are6 national key disciplines of Ecology, Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, WoodScience and Technology, Chemical Processing Engineering of Forest Products,Forest Protection and Forest Engineering together with another 13 ministerialand provincial key disciplines.
The total numberof students is more than 30000, among whom are 4000 master, doctoral and foreign students. In nearly 60 years, NFU has fostered 90,000 graduates andpostgraduates as well as foreign students, most of whom have now become thebackbones of the forestry development of China.
NFU isauthorized to examine quality and approve professorships. Now NFU has approximately 2040 teaching and administrative staff including 2 members of the ChineseAcademyof Engineering, other 7 members of the ChineseAcademyof Engineering invited as university’s concurrent professors, 255 professorsand 559 associate professors and 209 supervisors for Doctoral students.
NFU pays a particular attention to scientific research programs and has attained great achievements. Since 1978, NFU has carried out more than 700 various kinds of scientific research projects each year including “973”, “863”and “948” research programs together with other research projects at the state, ministerial and provincial levels. More than 280 research projects have obtained fruitful results and various prizes have been obtained from the state, the ministerial and the provincial government, among which 4 got the first prize and 37 obtained the second and third prizes of State Science and Technology Advancement; 1 had the first prize, 2 had the second prize together with 1 for the third and 1 for the forth prize of State Invention; 1 got the second prize of State Natural Sciences; and 237obtained prizes at the ministerial and provincial levels. NFU issues academic publications such as: Journal of Nanjing Forestry University (one edition for natural sciences and the other for humanities and social sciences), China Forestry Science and Technology, Interior Design + Construction and Forestry Energy Conservation.
NFU takes anactive role in developing academic exchanges and has establishedintercollegiate ties for academic exchange and cooperation with 50 universitiesand research institutions from 20 countries and areas worldwide. More and moreforeign students are coming to our university to study as language learners,undergraduate, master students and doctoral students. Right now, some specialinternational cooperation programs have been launched with Mississippi States University, AlabamaA&MUniversity, North Carolina State University, Universityof Toronto, University of British Columbia, etc.The Confucius Institute formally inaugurated on April 16, 2015 at Alabama A&M University has become an important platform for international exchange and cooperation.
Today, dependingon rich regional economic advantages and excellent human and natural resources,NFU is further deepening its own educational reform and quickening itsdevelopment while exploring the effective ways to provide the services foreconomic construction and social development, endeavoring to build itself intoan outstanding university both at home and abroad integrating science,engineering, agriculture, liberal arts, management, economics, philosophy andlaw, with a special emphasis on ecological environment construction andmanagement, development and utilization of biological resources.