China University of Geosciences

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China University of Geosciences
China University of Geosciences
Motto 艰苦朴素 求真务实
Motto in English
Being austere and simple, keeping on practice and acting for truth
Type National Public
Established October 1952
Location Beijing and Wuhan, China
Campus Urban
Affiliations Project 211, Project 985
Website (Wuhan) (Beijing)

The China University of Geosciences (simplified Chinese: 中国地质大学; traditional Chinese: 中國地質大學; pinyin: Zhōngguó Dìzhì Dàxué; colloquially 地大; ) is a key national university directly under the administration of the Education Ministry of the People's Republic of China. It consists of two campuses, one is located in Haidian District in Beijing, the second one is located in Wuhan, the capital of Central China's Hubei Province.[1][2]

It is regarded as a top university specialized in geosciences in China and exerts considerable influence within the Chinese mining and oil industry. Its notable alumni include Wen Jiabao, the Premier of China's State Council, who attended the Beijing Campus when it was known as the Beijing Institute of Geology (BIG). The motto "Being austere and simple, keeping on practice and acting for truth." is from him.[1][2]


Beijing Campus[edit]

The Beijing Campus, also known as CUGB (China University of Geosciences in Beijing), is located in the original campus of former Beijing Institute of Geology, Xueyuan Road, with a concentration of 8 famous universities and academic tradition.[1] [2]

CUGB boasts nine members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on its staff. Out of 40,000+ graduates, 24 alumni have been elected to either the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and more than 200 alumni have been singled out as “model workers” by provinces or ministries.

As a multi-disciplinary national key university, CUGB is one of China’s main centers for educating geological researchers and professionals of all sorts. It has evolved an educational program that balances sciences, technology, arts, management, economics and law—one which emphasizes a connection between education and geology, natural resources, environment and geological engineering. CUGB has 17 colleges with a total of 47 undergraduate programs and 118 graduate programs for a master's degree, 37 doctoral programs, 16 fields of Master of Engineering, and 9 post-doctoral research stations. At present there are 14,000 full-time students, 25000 continuing education students, 12000 independent college students enrolled with a teaching and research staff of 1200. CUGB is headed by Prof. Deng Jun, president of the university and Mr. Wang Hongbing, the chairman of the university council.

Wuhan Campus[edit]

The Wuhan Campus is located in No. 388 Lumo Road, Wuhan, with a scenic view and a large campus area. It has a larger annual enrollment and provides more available majors other than geosciences.[1] [2] Its Yifu Museum is known for housing China’s top ranked displays of dinosaur fossils, mineral and rock specimens.


The history of China University of Geosciences dates back to Beijing Institute of Geology (BIG; simplified Chinese: 北京地质学院; traditional Chinese: 北京地質學院; pinyin: Běijīng Dìzhì Xuéyuàn) which was a merger of the geology departments of Tsinghua University, Peking University, Tianjin University and Tangshan Railway College in 1952. It was among China's first 16 key universities back in the 1950s.

The university suspended operations from 1966-1970 due to the Cultural Revolution, and reopened in Jiangling County, Hubei Province, in 1970 as Hubei College of Geology (simplified Chinese: 湖北地质学院; traditional Chinese: 湖北地質學院; pinyin: Húběi Dìzhì Xuéyuàn).[3]

In 1975 the campus was moved to Wuhan, and the school was renamed Wuhan College of Geology (WCG; simplified Chinese: 武汉地质学院; traditional Chinese: 武漢地質學院; pinyin: Wǔhàn Dìzhì Xuéyuàn). In 1978 BIG reopened in Beijing with the help of Deng Xiaoping. In 1986 the Chinese Government ratified the foundation of the Graduate School of WCG. It was ranked as one of the first 33 Graduate Schools nationwide.

Later in 1987, WCG was renamed "China University of Geosciences" (simplified as "CUG"), and its branch campus in Beijing was renamed the "Graduate School of CUG in Beijing". In 2005, the two campuses in Wuhan and Beijing were renamed China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and China University of Geosciences (Beijing), respectively. The Ministry of Education still considers the two campuses as a single university. CUG is among the first batch of 15 universities in project 211 for Higher Education.[1][2]

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Wuhan Campus[edit]

Beijing Campus[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e History of China University of Geosciences
  2. ^ a b c d e A brief Introduction in Chinese
  3. ^ (English) History Review of China University of Geosciences

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