Foreword from the Dean

Spring is coming and everything takes on a new look. At this moment, on behalf of the College of the Environment and Ecology (CEE), I would like to extend our most sincere greetings and best wishes to all faculty, staff, students, retirees, alumni at home and abroad and friends who care about the state of the College.

Year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is a key year to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects. It is a crucial year to fully implement the spirits of the 19th CPC National Congress, its plenary sessions, and the National Education Congress and the Symposium for Teachers on Ideological and Political Theories in Education. It is also an important year to basically achieve the modernization of education and to fully realize the connotative development of our college. In 2019, under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the College comprehensively strengthened party building, adhered to the principle of "Cultivating Both Morality and People", and focused on building a system of "Totality in Education". The quality of talent training has been greatly improved; the faculty development has been continuously optimized; the scientific research strength has been steadily enhanced; the internationalization has been further advanced; and the ability to serve the greater society has been significantly improved. Faculty, Staff and students' sense of gain and happiness has been continuously enhanced. The College has made great strike towards building world-class disciplines.

This year, we accelerated the establishment of a governance system with distinctive CEE features. We carried out the theme education of "never forget the original intention, staying true to our founding mission", strove to solve the bottleneck and problems in the "Double First-Class" mission. We constantly improved the institutional system of the College, enhanced its governance capacity, accelerated the construction of a CEE unique governance system.

This year, we continued to develop an effective talent education system. We were accredited for the bachelor's degree in Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Two courses were selected as demonstration courses for "ideological and political course" of Xiamen University (XMU); one "ideological and political course" for graduate students was pre-approved; two first-class undergraduate courses of XMU and one excellent demonstration and developing course for graduate students were approved. The quality of graduate student candidates has been steadily improved, and the ratio of 2019 admitted graduate students who were exempted from admission exams has reached 50% for the first time. To strengthen the practice training of our students, the Ecological Environment Practice Teaching Base was jointly established with Xiang’an Campus Management Committee. The achievements made by social practice group of "Shared Development of Ecological Economy" were reported by many media, while the group was honored as one of the "Top Ten Teams" in XMU in 2019.

This year, we enhanced the quality of our faculty. We recuited 8 full-time faculty members, including 1 awardee of the “National Science Fund for Outstanding Youth”, 1 Distinguished Professor, and 3 selected candidates of "Nanqiang Youth Top Talent Program" of Xiamen University. Prof. Dalin Shi was awarded the “National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars” and the “National Ten Thousand Project". Profs. Huasheng Hong and Mindong Bai were awarded the medallion for "Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the PRC". Prof. Huasheng Hong was also selected as one of the “70 Outstanding Women in Xiamen since the Founding of the PRC”. Prof. Zhenji Li was the first class awardee of Outstanding Contribution Awards of the Chinese Society of Ecology. Associate Prof. Qiaoguo Tan was awarded "My Favorite Ten Professors" of Xiamen University in 2019.

This year, we have made great strides in scientific research. According to the latest ESI statistics, the discipline of Environmental Science and Ecology at Xiamen University has been ranked among the top 0.431% in this field worldwide. CEE faculty members have received 21 new research projects sponsored by the central government and 52 new research projects funded by the enterprises and government institutions. The project of "Capacity Building Program for Sustainable Coastal Development" was officially launched, contributing to the national “The Belt and Road Initiative. Meanwhile, we published 174 academic papers in SCI/EI/CPCIS journals and a number of innovative studies in the top journals of the discipline, attracting the attention of the media and domestic and foreign peers. We also published 2 monographs while 6 new invention patents were granted.

This year, we greatly promoted the development of scientific research platforms. The “Fujian Key Laboratory of Coastal Pollution Prevention and Control” was approved and established; The “Taiwan Strait Marine Ecosystem Field Observation and Research Station”, a joint effort of “Zhangjiang Estuary Mangrove Wetland Ecosystem Field Observation and Research Station” and “Dongshan Marine Science Observation and Research Station” of Fujian Province, has been approved as part of the Field Observation and Research Station system of the Ministry of Education of PRC, and has been nominated to apply to join the national field station system.

This year, we strengthened the international and regional cooperations. The number of undergraduate and graduate students sent abroad increased by 91% and 93%, respectively, and the number of students sent abroad for long-term exchanges increased by 150%. The number of foreign scholars invited to visit the College rose by 76%. We expanded the cooperation with our partner universities on "Lingfeng Summer Research Program", attracting students from The University of Tokyo and Tohoku University both in Japan to participate, further highlighting the branding effect. Many international and regional high-level academic conferences have been held to comprehensively improve the level of international education. Our internalization mission was greatly enhanced by the award of the National “111 Program” which provides supports for international known scholars to work with us on campus.

This year, we fully embraced ecological civilization and the construction of Beautiful China. We created a set of standards or policies for the city of Xiamen, e.g. “List of Admittance on Ecological Environment in Xiamen”, “The Study of Ecological Civilization Development in Xiamen City during the Period of 14th Five Year Plan” and “Marine Garbage Monitoring Report towards Coastal Waters of Xiamen”. We also participated in designing of the Sea Floating Garbage Prediction Model, and provided services related to environmental protection and six proposals to Xiamen Torch (Xiang'an) Industry Area. Besides, we provided suggestions to, was adopted by, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Fujian Province. We established strategic partnership with Construction & Development Co., LTD. of China Constructruction Fourth Bureau Hydrology and Water Resources Investigation Sub-bureau in Zhangzhou, and established Marine Talents Base jointly with Guangxi Beibu Gulf Economic Zone. We provided scientific and technological support to relevant government departments and enterprises, and playing increasing important role of "main think tank" in local and regional eco-civilization progression.

What's past is prologue. The pace of 2019 is gone, and 2020 is coming. The Year 2020 is the year to build up a well-off society in an all-round way and the closing year for the National 13th Five Year Plan. Standing at the historical intersection of achieving the Two Centenary Goals of the nation, the College will continue to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a New Era, keep up with the times and further deepen the reform of the internal management system. We will transform institutional advantages into governance efficiency and form development momentum, accelerate the development of "double first-class" and promote a new round of high quality development of the College, presenting our achievements to the centenary of the founding of the CCP and 100th’s Anniversary of Xiamen University.

We gather talents from home and abroad at this golden age. We encourage all CEE members to continue stride on our founding mission and keep on writing a new chapter!