Hebei GEO University (HGU), founded in 1953, is one of the five universities affiliated to the former Ministry of Geology, and is a provincial key university jointly supported by the Ministry of Land and Resources and the Government of Hebei Province.
As the first educational institution affiliated to the former Ministry of Geology in New China setting up programs of Economics and Management, HGU has been adhering to the core mission of “providing talents and technology support to the sustainable development of resources and environment.”During the six decades, by upholding the motto of “cultivating universal perspectives and pursuing infinite knowledge”, and “advocating the traditional spirit of hard-working, truth-seeking and innovation”，HGU has gradually formed the schooling characteristics of highlighting the overall feature of resource & environment and economics & management, strengthening the coordinated development and the integration of various disciplines of Geo-science, Economic Management, Environmental Science, Land Surveying, Civil Engineering, Information Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, and fundamental science.
Up to now, HGU has education in 7 category disciplines including Science, Engineering, Management, Economics, Law, Literature and Art with 65 bachelor degree programs and 11 disciplines of Geology, Geological Resources and Engineering, Business Administration, Management Science and Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, Law, Applied Economics, Mathematics, Material Science and Technology and Public Administration, covering 51 master degree programs, and 7 professional master programs of Geological Engineering, MBA, MPACC, Finance, Art, Applied Statistics and Engineering Management. In 2016, HGU became the project construction unit of doctor degree programs.
HGU now has about 18,000 full-time students from all over the country and over 900 academic staff, 50% of them with professorship or associate professorship, 92% with doctor or master degree. Among them, over 70 have the titles of such as Government Special Allowance Experts, Provincial Excellent Experts, young and middle aged experts with provincial outstanding contribution, Provincial young excellent experts in social science, provincial young top-notch talents and provincial excellent teachers. In recent years, HGU has brought in many talents, such as Liu Jialin, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),Mao Jingwen, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE),Ji Qiang, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and the winner of National Distinguished Young Scholar, and the famous expert Li Shaoliang. Besides, there are 187 part-time and visiting professors including 14 academicians.
HGU attaches great importance to promoting the support capability. The library has collection coming to 1.3 million books and copies, over 1,400 kinds of Chinese and foreign periodicals; HGU has Geological Experiment Center, Economic Management Experiment Center, Water Resources Environment Experiment Center, Jewelry and Mineral Processing Center, etc. Accounting to 2 national experiment and teaching demonstration centers, and 5 provincial centers; We have 221 internship and training bases of various levels; in addition, HGU owns Geo-Science Museum and Monetary and Financial Museum, the former one is the popular science and quality education base of national, provincial and municipal levels.
HGU also attaches great importance to international exchange and cooperation, and always regards the idea of running the University open as an important way of talents training. HGU has established partnership with 42 colleges and universities of 25 countries including UK, US, Canada, Germany, Russia, Australia, France, Republic of Korea, Czech Republic and South Africa, carrying out various forms of cooperation and exchange, such as students exchange, mutual recognition of credits, mutual degree granting and research cooperation.
HGU now has two Sino-Foreign cooperative education programs approved by the Ministry of Education: the “3+1” bachelor degree program on Finance with Ulster University, UK; and the “3+1” bachelor program on Environmental Design with Wonkwang University. Besides, the Czech Research Institute has registered as the Center of Country and Regional Studies of the Ministry of Education. We also offers bachelor and master degree programs to foreign students. The number of overseas exchange, study and social practice projects has reached 24. All these provided a wide space for talents cultivation.
Over the past 6 decades, more than 100,000 students graduated from HGU and worked all over the country. The outstanding alumni including Xu Deming, former Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Land and Resources, Ji Qiang and Mao Jingwen, members of CAE, Hou Zengqian, member of CAS, Li Yuansheng and Wu Genshui, members of Antarctic Research Team, Hu Jun, President of Jinan University, Zhang Hong, winner of Li Siguang Geological Science Prize, Shen Xuhui, chief scientist of Zhang Heng 1 Satellite Project, Zhao Ziliang, CEO of Hua Xia Insurance Corporate and Xie Yuhong, chief geologist of CNOOC.