Introduction to Faculty of Land Resource Engineering
Faculty of Land Resource Engineering in KUST was originated from the Mining & Metallurgical Department of Donglu University (a private university, established in 1925, and currently known as Yunnan University). In August, 1954, Kunming Engineering Institute was established separately by combining the departments of Minerals & Metallurgical Processing for Nonferrous Metals and Mining Engineering as the key disciplines.
In 1959, the Major of Geological Survey and Prospecting for Metallic and Nonmetallic Ores was separated from the Department of Mining Engineering to form a Geology Department, while a newly-added Major of Mining Machinery was included in the Department of Mining Engineering. In 1964, the Major of Mineral Processing was separated from the Department of Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, followed by a combination with the Mining Engineering to form a Mining & Mineral Processing Department. In 1972, a Major of Engineering Surveying was set in the Geology Department, and began to run short-time class for advanced studies and recruit undergraduates in 1973 and 1978, respectively. In order to meet the requirement at that time, the Mining & Mineral Processing Department was renamed as the “Department of Resource Exploitation Engineering” in June, 1988; the Geology Department was renamed as a Department of Land Resource Exploitation and Urban-Rural Construction. In Dec.1999, the Department of Resource Exploitation Engineering combined with the Department of Land Resource Exploitation and Urban-Rural Construction to form a new faculty to present, namely, Faculty of Land Resource Engineering. In 2011, the faculty was authorized as one of Multiple Reform Experimentation Faculties of the Ministry of Education.
2. Majors and Degree Programs Available
The faculty includes four departments and nine majors for the undergraduate program at present, i.e., Geoscience Department, covering three majors: resources prospecting engineering, resource-environment and urban-rural planning management, and engineering prospecting technology; Mineral Processing Department/Major；Resource Exploitation Department, including mining engineering and safety engineering; Land Surveying and Mapping Department, covering three majors: surveying and mapping engineering, geographic information system (GIS), and land resource management.
At present, two postdoctoralresearchstations available on the geological engineering and mining engineering, covering two doctoral programs ranked in first-class disciplines of China. In addition, following programs are available in the faculty: 3 doctoral programs on management in second-class discipline, 15 master of engineering programs（11 in academic type and 4 in engineering type, 3 master of science programs, 3 master of management programs, and 3 key disciplines listed at provincial level.
3. Disciplinary Platform and Laboratory
The geoscience-mining discipline group in the faculty was indentified as: the Industry-University-Research Cooperation Center of Yunnan Provincial Mining Development in 1998; Innovative Talents Training Base for Geological Resource and Engineering of Yunnan Province in 2006; High-Efficient Utilization Engineering Center for West Dominate Ore Resource of the Ministry of Education in 2009; Still more, the South-West Research Institute, China Geological Survey on Nonferrous Metallic Ore, Copper Mineral Processing Technology and Engineering Center of Yunnan Province, Engineering Laboratory of Yunnan Provincial Ore Resource Forecast Evaluation are set in the faculty.
The faculty occupies an area of 14000m2 with 58 specialist laboratories, among which the Goescience Museum is a highlight of the university. The museum owns more than 10 thousand pieces of unique paleontological specimens, and precious rock ore samples of the world, which enjoys a good academic reputation among the domestic colleges and universities, and authorized as the Scientific Popularization and Training Base by Yunnan Geological Society and Association of Science and Technology of Yunnan Province in 1998.
4. Teaching Team and Student Scale
The full-time students scale in the faculty approved by the state planning is 2500 persons, among which the undergraduate 1700, the doctoral and master candidate 800. Additionally, students on adult education and short-time training reach over 200 persons each year.
At present, a teaching team of 172 persons serves in the faculty, among which 143 persons are professional teaches, 75 with PhD, and 32 with senior professional titles.
5. Research achievement
In the recent 5 years, the faculty has undertaken more than 800 scientific research and social service projects funding above RMB 300-million Yuan. The research projects cover the NFSC in grand projects, key projects, general projects, district projects, youth projects, the projects of the national science and technology for the eleventh five-year and twelfth five-year plans, the major projects of the Development and Reform Commission of China, provincial key projects and projects from industry sponsors.
The faculty has applied for more than 300 national patents and published above 900 scientific papers, among which more than 200 papers have been indexed by SCI, EI and ISTP, and above 50 monographs and textbooks have been published in domestic publications. Furthermore, the faculty has achieved 25 awards on the contribution to science and technology authorized by the provincial government and the ministry, among which 8-project achievement won the first award, and one achievement won the second national prize for progress in science and technology.
The educational goals of the faculty is to aim at the international academic frontier, base on the southwest of China, serve whole China and radiate southeast Asia, educate the geology and mining professionals as the mainstay, concentrate on scientific research, serve the geological and mining industry, be a teaching-research faculty with distinctive features and advantages.