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The School of Environmental Science and Engineering (SESE) of Guangzhou University was founded in 2004 which includes the Department of Environmental Science and the Department of Environmental Engineering. The school has conferred degrees to more than 1,200 undergraduates and 120 postgraduates and there are 515 undergraduates and 180 postgraduates. The school possesses a faculty team of 99 members to include 20 professors and 33 associate professors.
The school hosts three provincial and ministerial scientific research and teaching platforms to include the Key Laboratory for Water Quality and Conservation of Pearl River Delta of Ministry of Education, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Radionuclide Control and Resource Utilization, and Guangdong Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center. The school laboratories cover an area of 5000 square meters. The school has high-precision plasma mass spectrometer, ion chromatograph, ultra-low background liquid scintillator and other large-scale scientific research instruments in the value of 100 million yuan.
The school has a Master program for Environmental Science and Engineering and Master degree program for Environmental Engineering. The first-level discipline of Environmental Science and Engineering is a key discipline in Guangdong province, and a key disciplinary group of "Regional Water Environment Security and Water Ecological Protection" conducted by “Guangdong High-level University Building”. The program of Environmental Engineering is the first of its kind in Guangdong Province to pass the International Certification of Engineering Education. The first-level discipline of Environmental Science and Engineering ranked 41st place among Chinese universities in 2019 according to ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The school has carried out international cooperation and exchanges with the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Italy and other countries. It has undertaken more than 100 scientific research projects to include the NSFC projects and has won many awards such as Second prize of Provincial Science and Technology Award. It has been granted more than 20 invention patents and published more than 10 books and textbooks.
In 1995, the Office of Environmental Engineering Teaching and Research Office (South China Construction West Institute) and the Environmental Education Center (Guangzhou Normal University) were established to undertake the environmental education courses of the university.
In 1998, Institute of Environmental Applied Chemistry (Guangzhou Normal University) was established.
In 2000, Institute of Environmental Science (School of Biology and Chemical Engineering, Guangzhou University) was established in 2000.
In 2001, the bachelor program of Environmental Engineering was set up (School of Civil Engineering, Guangzhou University).
In 2003, the bachelor program of Environmental Science (School of Biology and Chemical Engineering, Guangzhou University) was set up.
In 2004, School of Environmental Science and Engineering was founded.
In 2009, Master’s degree program of Environmental Engineering has been qualified to grant.
In 2011, the school has been qualified to confer the first-level Master’s degree program in Environmental Science and Engineering.
In 2013, the first-level discipline of Environmental Science and Engineering became one of the first advantageous key disciplines in Guangdong.
In 2015, the discipline of Environmental Science and Engineering was incorporated in the core discipline group of "Regional Water Environment Security and Water Ecological Protection conducted by "Guangdong High-level university Developing", and the "5+2" platform of Guangzhou University- the "South China Geography, Environment and Urban Sustainable Development Discipline".
In 2018, Institute of Environmental Research at Greater Bay (type I Research Institute) was founded.
In 2018, "Environmental Engineering" was listed in the “Guangdong Province Universities and Colleges Pearl River Scholar Disciplines”.
In 2019, "Environmental Science" was listed in the “Guangdong Province Universities and Colleges Pearl River Scholar Disciplines”.