The School of Mines has a history of over 100 years, stemming from the mining department of Jiaozuo School of Railroad and Mines founded in 1909. The Department of Mining and Metallurgy was officially established in 1933. After a nationwide readjustment of high-learning institutions in 1952, the Mining Engineering Departments of such universities as Tsinghua University, Beiyang University (the predecessor of Tianjin University), and Tangshan Railroad University have been emerged into the Mining Department of China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), known as China Institute of Mining and Technology (CIMT) at that time. Since then, the Department has rapidly evolved into a mining-oriented educational pattern and set her dominant status in the mining field. She was upgraded to the School of Energy Science and Engineering in 2000 and was renamed the School of Mines in 2007.
The School of Mines now has 153 full-time faculty and staff, including 3 academicians (2 are from other research institutes), 46 professors, and over 40 talents with honored titles at or above provincial level. There are 5 undergraduate majors--Mining Engineering, New Energy Science and Engineering, Intelligent Mining, Industrial Engineering, and Transportation. The present number of students in the School is 2242: 1196 undergraduates (including 61 international students) and 1046 postgraduates (697 masters and 349 doctoral students, with 56 international postgraduates included). Over the past 113 years, more than 10,000 graduates have been put into all sections of our economy, most of whom have grown into the backbone of their respective professions.
There are 1 Mining-Engineering postdoctoral scientific research mobile station, 6 doctoral degree authorization centers (1 for first-level discipline, 2 for second-level discipline, 2 for interdiscipline, and 1 for professional degree), and 9 master degree authorization centers (1 for first-level discipline, 3 for second-level discipline, 2 for interdiscipline and 3 for professional degree).4 national teaching and research platforms are built on the base of Mining Engineering discipline: State Key Laboratory of Coal Resources & Safe Mining, Overseas Expertise Introduction Center for Discipline Innovation in Resource Utilization and Disposal of Solid Waste in Mines, National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of Mining Engineering, and National Virtual Simulation Experimental Teaching Center of Mining Engineering. So do the 4 provincial (ministerial) teaching and research platforms, like Education Ministry Key Laboratory of Deep Coal Resources Mining, Jiangsu Engineering Laboratory of Mine Earthquake Monitoring and Prevention, Education Ministry Virtual Teaching and Research Section of Mining Engineering, and Jiangsu Virtual Simulation Experimental Teaching Platform of Mining Engineering. Mining Engineering is one of the key disciplines listed in the national “211 Project”, “985 Innovation Platform for Advantageous Disciplines”, and national “World-Class Discipline Construction Project”. The discipline in 2021 ranked in the top 20 of QS discipline evaluation and No. 1 in China.
Since 2010, the School of Mines has undertaken 121 national major research projects, 174provincial (ministerial)major research projects, and over 5000 college-enterprise S&T projects, and earned a host of science and technology awards like 5 at a national level and 153 at aprovincial (ministerial) level, as well as 855 domestically and overseas authorized invention patents. The School of Mines has held a close partnership with domestic research institutes in the field of energy and mining and with all large coal enterprises in China, and also developed a stable academic communication and research mechanism with overseas universities and research institutes of more than 20 countries from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada to Russia.
In the foreseeable future, the School of Mines will forge ahead. Featured by green and intelligent development of energy resources, the School of Mines will strengthen the research on new energy like Geothermal to play the leading role of Mining Engineering as a first-class discipline and help the interdisciplines develop into first-class ones and build the school of Mines into a world-class school in the field of mining engineering in the future.