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Tourism and Environmental Sciences of Shaanxi Normal University

School of Tourism and Environmental Sciences is one of the key schools of Shaanxi Normal University directly affiliated to Ministry of Education and “211 Project University”, which is a comprehensive institution with professional influence within the country.

The predecessor of the school was the Department of History and Geography of Shaanxi Provincial Teachers School which was founded in 1944 and undergone the Department of History and Geography of Xi’an Teachers College, Geography Department of Xi’an Teachers College, and Geography Department (Tourism Department) of Shaanxi Normal University, in 1996 School of Tourism and Environmental Sciences was set up.

The school possesses a high quality staff with 79 members among whom there are 64 faculty members including 18 professors (15 doctoral supervisors) and 25 associate professors, 75% of the faculty members have obtained Ph.D degree. Some famous geographer such as Prof. Huang Guozhang, Prof. Nie Shuren, Prof. Liu Yinhan once worked here. Academician Sun Jiulin of Chinese Academy of Engineering works here as the double hired academician. Dong Zhibao,  the winner of  National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, blown sand physics scientist works here as the professor of “Changjiang Scholar Programme”. Feng Qi, the winner of National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, water resource expert works here as the professor of “Hundred Talents Program”, and Zhang Hui, the well-known tourism economist works here as the professor of “Sanqin Scholar Programme” of Shaanxi Province.

With more than 60 years’ development, School of Tourism and Environmental Sciences has formed a complete discipline system. The school contains Geography Doctor Degree Program of first rank discipline (including Physical Geography, Human Geography, Cartography and Geographic Information System, as well as the Regional Environmental Science, Natural Disaster Science and Land Resource Science), Ecology Doctor Degree Program of first rank discipline and Tourism Management Doctor Program,  Geography postdoctoral mobile research station, Business Administration postdoctoral mobile research station, 13 master programs of Environmental Science, Soil and Water Conservation and Desertification, Quaternary Geology, Subject Teaching Curriculum, and three professional degree programs including Master of  Environmental Engineering, Master of Tourism Administration, and Master of Education.

The School offers four Bachelor's degree schemes including Geography Science, Tourism Management, Geographic Information System, and Environmental Sciences. The school  have subdivisions as Northwest Land Resources Research Center, China Tourism Academy (the western research base), Western Resource Environment Institute, Tourism Planning and Design Institute, Shaanxi Xuezhilv International Travel Agency, Urban Planning and Research Center, Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Lab, Environmental Science Lab, Loess Plateau Environment Dynamics Lab, which are served as the platform for innovative talents and scientific research base.

The school has a good scientific research tradition and the spirit of innovation. Based on the ongoing reform of curriculum system and teaching content, the staff have put great efforts to strengthen the reconstruction and development of traditional specialties. “Physical Geography” is chosen as the National Excellent Course, “ Surveying and Mapping ” World Geography and “Human Geography”  are chosen as Provincial Excellent Courses, “The Introduction of Remote Sensing ", “Tourism Resources Development ”, “ Tourism planning ” and many other courses are chosen as University Excellent Courses. The School was awarded 8 national, provincial teaching achievements, national excellent course, national “Eleven-Five” planning teaching material, 6 Shaanxi province outstanding teaching material, 2 outstanding provincial teacher, 1 Baosteel outstanding teacher. Geographical Science was awarded the national characteristic specialty in 2008, and Tourism Management was awarded the provincial characteristic specialty in 2010. Geographic Experimental Teaching Center and Environmental Experimental Teaching Center was named the “Provincial Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center”. The school also works as the fixed provincial training unit for managers of tourism enterprises with national tourism planning and design quality and Shaanxi provincial land planning qualification certificate (B).

The School enjoys high reputation of teaching reform and management, which obtained 5 consecutive “Excellent Teaching Unit of Shaanxi Normal University” from 1996 to 2012 and it was rated as civilized unit of Shaanxi province.

Based on the advantage of comprehensive multidisciplinaryto promote the sustainable development of regional resources, environment, population and economic society, the staff of the school carried out a large number of basic, applied research and made important advances in theories to solve many problems of the regional economy and social development in the field of the relationship coordination between northwest environmental evolvement and human development, regional ecological environment assessment and comprehensive improvement, global change and natural disasters, the development of land resources and land value evaluation, eolian process kinetics geography, population and health geography, tourism customers market, tourism resources development, tourism planning and urban and regional research. The results of these studies not only enriched the theoretical system of the discipline, but also offered the scientific basis for decision-making of the government and gradually formed the advantage of our research direction. During the recent ten years, our staff completed more than 100 national, provincial and ministerial key scientific research task, land grading and evaluation and tourist attractions planning, made important contributions to promote the development of the disciplines and the regional economic and social development. More than 90 monographs and textbooks have been published by the Higher Education Press and Science Press. More than 1500 academic articles have been published on international SCI journals and domestic authority and core journals. More than 50 teaching and research achievements were honored for national and provincial awards. The achievements in scientific research are among the top ranks of the professional institutions.

The school now has Physical Geography Laboratory, GIS Laboratory, Environmental Science Laboratory, Soil and Sediment Analysis Laboratory, the Loess Plateau Environment Dynamics Laboratory, OSL/TL Dating Laboratory, Environmental Radiation Laboratory and other large-scale integrated laboratory, which are equipped with more than 200 sets of large modern analysis instrument equipment of the total value of 20,000,000 yuan. The Meteorological Observation Garden, Digital Tourism Simulation Laboratory, Water Resources and Engineering Laboratory, and Shaanxi Xuezhilv International Travel Agency are all served as the basis of research and teaching practice.

The library of the school covers 240 square meters, which collects more than 32,000 volumes of books, and 55.6 volumes per student. The School is equipped with complete teaching facilities, modern electronic reading room, multimedia classroom, multimedia report hall, a variety of Chinese, foreign periodicals and books database are opened to meet the needs of our teachers and students.

 

The Ministry of Education’s discipline evaluation of university ranking results in 2009 shows that the geography discipline in our university ranked 10th in China. In “Science Times”  which is co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Natural Science Fund Committee, in the Chinese university evaluation report made by the Chinese University assessment group of Wuhan University showed that the tourism management of our school ranks 4th in China in 2006. In 2007, the result of university graduate evaluation of Chinese Academy of Sciences revealed that the tourism management specialty entered A++ ranks, ranked 3rd of China. In 2007, in the Ministry of Education’s “Chinese University Philosophy Social Sciences Development Report 2007”, our staff published18 academic papers in the field of Humanistic Economic Geography, which only second to Fudan University ( 22 ) and the number of citation of papers only after Peking University.

For over 60 years, the school has cultivated more than 5000 undergraduate and graduate students, most of them are now technical backbones and academic leaders of the relevant lines of work, some are even become well-known experts and business leaders of home and abroad and received high praises from the society. In recent five years, the Free Normal Graduates’ employment rate of our school reaches 100%, and average employment rate maintains above 92%.

 

 

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