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School History

In 1953, Hebei GEO University was founded in Xuanhua, the ancient city beyond the Great Wall, the siting of which was selected by geologist Li Siguang and revolutionist He Changgong. It was named as Xuanhua Geology School at that time, which was the earliest geological academy with the economics majors, and one of the five institutes that were directly under the leadership of the Ministry of Geology. In November 1971, the Xuanhua Geology School was renamed Hebei Geology College setting out to recruit undergraduate students. In 1972 the Institute enrolled the first batch of college students. In 1977, it recruited the first batch of undergraduate students after the resuming of college entrance examinations. In June 1985, Hebei Geology College was relocated from Xuanhua to Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei Province. In addition, it was renamed to Shijiazhuang University of Economics in May 1996. In 2000, the management of the university was transformed from being in the charge of the Ministry of Land Resources to dual leadership with the local government. In March 2016, Shijiazhuang University of Economics was officially renamed Hebei GEO University.

The Period of Xuanhua Geology School under the leadership of Ministry of Geology(1953-1971)

In 1953, Xuanhua Geology School was established.

In 1955, it was officially renamed from Xuanhua Geology School of the Ministry of Geology of People’s Central Government to Xuanhua Geological School of the Ministry of Geology.

In 1965, Xuanhua Geology School was delivered to Hebei Bereau of Geology.

In 1970, the school was renamed Hebei Geology school.

In 1971, it was transformed to Hebei Geology College.

The period of Hebei Geology College (1971 - April 1996)

In 1978, it was under the dual leadership of the General Bureau of Geology and Hebei Province instead, mainly under the leadership of the General Bureau of Geology.

In 1985, it was relocated in Shijiazhuang.

In 1986, it began to recruit graduate students in 3categortes, 6 majors and 15 research directions such as Geology, Hydrology and Engineering Geology, Economics and Management, etc.

The Period of Shijiazhuang University of Economics (May 1996 - February 2016)

In 1996,Hebei Geology College was renamed Shijiazhuang University of Economics

In 2001, Professor Du Rulin, the geologist of formation of ancient biology and the former Cambrian, won the prize of the seventh Li Siguang Geology Science.

In 2003, the college was granted the master's degree awarding qualifications. Three postgraduate programs were first approved, which were Population Resources and Environmental Economics, Business Management, Mineral Exploration.

In 2006,there were 6 secondary schools were granted the master's degree qualification, which were the Environment and Resources Protection Law, Mineralogy, Petrology, Mineral Deposit Geology, Structural geology, Geological Engineering, and Computer Application Technology.

In 2010, Master of Engineering (Engineering) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) were officially approved.

In 2011, five first-level schools were qualified for awarding master’s degrees, which were Geology, Computer Science and Technology, Geological Resources and Geological Engineering, Management Science and Engineering ,and Business Administration.

In 2013, Shijiazhuang University of Economics has become the university co-sponsored by both the ministry and the government. And contract has been signed by the Ministry of land and resources and the People's Government of Hebei Province.

In 2014, two schools, Accounting and Finance, were qualified for granting master's degrees.

The Period of Hebei GEO University (March 2016 to ---)

In March 2016, Shijiazhuang University of Economics was renamed HeBei GEO University.