Founded in January, 2003, School of Gemology and Material Technology started to recruit and cultivate undergraduates in Gemology and Material Technology who are expected to engage in the appraisal, evaluation and management of gem and precious metal jewellery in the same year. The school begun to enroll undergraduates in Mineral Processing engineering and product design from 2006 and 2013, respectively. Now, we have set postgraduate programs in Mineralogy, Petrology, Metallogeny and Geological Engineering.
At present, the school has 36 faculty and staff, including 3 professors, 9 associate professors and 11 doctors. Over 10 teachers have achieved outstanding teacher titles at the municipal, provincial and national levels. We have strong strength in the teaching, research and development of gemology and material technology, mineral processing engineering and jewellery design. In recent years, we have edited two textbooks, led and participated in 15 national and provincial projects and 12 research and teaching reform projects, and published over 50 articles in national core journals, provincial and ministerial key journals and academic conferences.
The school owns a Jewellery and Mineral Processing Experiment Center which has been awarded as a experiment and teaching demonstration center of Hebei universities and colleges. The experiment center consists of 17 laboratories, including gem identification, diamond grading, mineral and technological mineralogy, jewellery and metalworking, jade carving, etc. The total investment in the equipment has reached 7.29 million RMB. In the experiment center, there are 953 pieces of experimental equipment, 185 diamond samples and 3,420 samples of other gems. It covers a total area of 4,040 square meters with sufficient facilities, samples and materials, providing a good opportunity for students to have hands-on experience.
In recent years, our students have been achieving outstanding results in a variety of national and provincial competitions. The percentage of students who have successfully passed the National Graduate Entrance Exam has been over 20% for 5 consecutive years, while the employment rate has reached over 95%.
Adhering to the school motto: to be ambitious, persistent, inclusive and innovative, School of Gemology and Material Technology will continue to dedicate to talent cultivation, scientific research, social service and cultural continuity.