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The Innovation Platform for Prioritized Academic Disciplines

The Innovation Platform for Prioritized Academic Disciplines -- The Restoration & Sustainable Development of Forest Ecological Systems in Addressing Global Climate Change, a project initiated by BJFU and duly approved in Dec., 2008, was highly praised in the evaluation that has just been concluded in May, 2012. A series of researches concerning the critical issues in forestry development and technological innovation have been launched under the framework of the ¥110m-Platform, jointly funded by the MOE and the MOF and solidly based on the advantageous disciplines of BJFU, to come up with a whole batch of major innovative breakthroughs that contribute tremendously to the development of Chinas modern forestry and are of significant value to the smooth implementation of Chinas strategic decisions.


The Four Sub-Platforms and their research fields

1.Platform for quality seed cultivation & fundamental biology


2.Platform for research on fragile eco-system degradation and methods for its restoration

3.Research in the conservation of forest and wetland eco-systems

Higher Education Reinvigoration Project 211

BJFU was designated in 1996 as a key university entitled to enjoy favorable supports of the Higher Education Reinvigoration Project 211. The implementation of this project injected tremendous impetus to BJFU for it to deepen its education reform, upgrade teaching/research facilities, optimize its talent-development systems, and buildup its capacities for converting lab findings to productivities. As a result, not only is the academic influence of BJFU among its domestic and foreign counterparts greatly improved, closer ties are also established between the development of the school and Chinas overall social and economic growth.

Project initiation in 1996



Key Academic Disciplines

BJFU offers a curriculum of remarkable breadth and depth, which covers 32 First Category disciplines under 10 discipline groups, featuring forestry, landscape architecture, forestry engineering, biology and ecology. There is currently one First Category discipline (State-level), two Second Category disciplines (State-level), and one most-favored disciplines (State-level) in the university. Six major areas, including the conservation of forests and other renewable resources, eco-system protection and restoration, soil and water conservation, desertification control and prevention, landscape architecture and human habitat safety, bio-material and energies, and eco-culture, have been identified as the most important areas for favored development. Forestry (First Category discipline) is in the leading position among its counterparts in the country.

Key academic disciplines (State-level)

Key academic disciplines (Beijing Municipality)

Key academic disciplines (SFA)


Established in 1952, the Silviculture program is among the earliest disciplines offered by the forestry universities in China. BJFU had been granted the rights to confer doctorate degrees in this discipline as early as 1986. The major areas covered under this program include: theory and techniques for seed/seedling breeding; theory and techniques for developing eco- and urban-forests; theory and techniques for developing timber-producing forests as well as energy-oriented forests; the development and utilization of economic (fruit and/or nut) forests. 


1.Academician Shen Guofang with students  

2.Teachers investigating in field

Soil and Water Conservation, Desertification Control and Prevention

First established in 1952, the program in BJFU was granted doctorate degree conferring rights in 1984 and listed among State-level key disciplines in 1989. Major fields include: dynamic monitoring & control of soil erosion; spatial configuration of shelter forests & stand optimization; the mechanism of desertification & corresponding techniques for its control; technological development in the above fields. 



Established in 1951, the program in BJFU was granted doctorate degree conferring rights in 1986. The International Registering Center for New Plum Varieties falls within this program. Major fields of studies include: germplasm resources & propagation of ornamental plants; modern techniques for floral cultivation; floral bio-techniques development; gardening plants & garden ecology studies.


1.Teachers conducting field investigation at Beijing Botanical Garden

2.Flower arrangement has been listed as a national non-substantial cultural heritage.

3.Flower bunches designed and created by BJFU used in Beijing Olympics/Paralympics in 2008.

Plant Genetics and Propagation Engineering

Established in 1954, the program in BJFU was granted doctorate degree conferring rights in 1986 and listed as a State-level key discipline in 2003. Major research areas include: genetic grouping & molecular seed breeding; cell genetics and cell engineering; forest genetics & tree refining; quality seed propagation; upgrading of economic forests; genetic improvement of broad-leafed tree species; genetic improvement of needle-leafed tree species; and etc.


1.National Prize for Science

2.Technology Progress (Grade II) won by team four times

3.Research team


The botany program in BJFU can be traced back to 1952. After being granted the rights to confer doctorate degree in 1998, the program was listed as a State-level key discipline in 2007. Major fields of studies include: fundamental studies on the adversity-resistant features of trees and corresponding application; growth control & physiological regulation of woody plants; plant sub-metabolism & defense mechanism; plant classification & evolutionary biology.


1.Reserch Team

2.Molecular mechanism of plant growth

3.National Prize for Science/Technology Progress (Grade II) won by the team

Forest Conservation

Established in 1952, the forest conservation program in BJFU was granted rights for conferring doctorate degree in 2000, and listed by the MOE as an innovative team for Researches on the Pre-warning System against Serious Pest/Disease Disaster & on Ecological Regulating Techniques. Major research topics include: theory and techniques for the prevention of injurious pests. The team excels especially in forest entomology, tree physiopathology, entomology & bacterium studies, and plant quarantine. 


1.National Prize for Science/Technology Progress (Grade II) won by the team

2.Achievements in pest control

Wildlife Fauna & Floral Conservation and Utilization

A Grade II discipline established in 2001, this program was listed as a State-level key discipline in 2007. Major research topics include: systematic studies on fauna/floral species; evolutionary biology; the biological, physiological and propagation features of species; genetic diversity & germplasm conservation; nature reserves development; studies on the immunity systems of animals; the utilization of biological resources & corresponding techniques.


1.Students making plant specimen under the guidance of teachers
2.Teachers and foreign experts conducting field investigation

Forest Management

Established in 1952, the program in BJFU was granted doctorate degree conferring rights in 1981 and listed as a State-level key discipline in 1989. Major research areas include: theories and techniques for sustainable forest development; forest increment modeling; forest resources monitoring and assessment, forestry remote sensing and IT. This program is in the leading position among its counterparts in China. 


1.Forest resources satellite image
2.The Application of 3S Technologies in Forest Resources Monitoring, a project that has been awarded National Prize for Science/Technology Progress (Grade II)

Wood Science & Technology

Established in 1952, the program in BJFU was granted the rights to confer master and doctorate degrees in 1981 and 1986 respectively. Forestry engineering was developed into a Grade I discipline, together with the setup of a post doctorate station, in 2003 and late designated as a State-level key discipline in 2007. Major research areas include: timber; wood drying techniques; wood-based compound materials & adhesives; woody craft processing; wood-processing equipment & automation; and functional improvement of timbers.


1.Sophisticated research facilities  
2.Critical Techniques for the Making and Application of High-effective Adhesives Used for Wood-based Panel Production, a project that has been awarded National Prize for Science/Technology Progress (Grade II)
3.Sophisticated research facilities

Forestry Economics & Management

First established in 1952, the forestry economics & management program in BJFU began to award doctorate and post-doctorate degrees respectively in 1996 and 2003, and was listed among the most favored disciplines at State-level in 2007. Major research topics include: forestry economics theory & policies; forestry management; forest resources appraisal & management; forest product trade & marketing. This program is playing active roles in providing technical support and consultation for Chinas strategic decisions concerning forestry and ecological development.  


1.Academic seminar
2.High level seminar on forestry economics & management organized by BJFU

Science/Technology Platform   

BJFU has witnessed significant progresses in its efforts to upgrade the facilities for conducting lab experiments and researches. Up to date, 29 science/technology platforms (of provincial/municipal level or above) have been established in BJFU, including numerous State-level engineering research centers, demonstrative parks, laboratories, energy R&D centers and etc. These platforms have laid down solid bases for BJFU to make new breakthroughs in scientific innovations. They make up not only the hardware facilities for developing high-level professional talents, but also constitute effective channels for BJFU to carry out cooperation and exchanges with its counterparts at both home and abroad.

State-level Science/Technology Platform

1.  The State-level Research Center for Floral Engineering & Technologies


University leaders inspecting the Center Experts on the Appraisal Panel visiting BJFU flower-producing bases

2.The State-level Demonstrative Park for Water & Soil Conservation Technologies


Panorama-view of the Demonstrative Park
University leaders inspecting the Carbon/Water Monitoring System for Desert Ecological Systems

3. The State-level Engineering Lab for Seed/Seedling Breeding


Mr. Cao Jianlin, Vice-minister of the MoST, being briefed about the work of the Lab.
Councilors of the Lab taking pictures with the Academic Committee

4. Observatory for Deciduous Broad-leaf Forest Eco-systems, situated in Jixian, Shanxi Province


Observatory base at Hongqi Forest Farm 

5.The State-level Non-grain-based Biofuel R&D Center


Experts of the Center doing experiments
Experts of the Center delivering an academic report at a international workshop held in Canada