The Jinan University, established in 1906, is the first national university and jointly constructed by Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and Guangdong Province. It is also the first Chinese university to enrol Chinese and foreign students. With the largest number of overseas students on campus, the Jinan University enjoys a well-earned reputation as the paramount academy for overseas Chinese and is one of the top 100 universities under the key Construction Project of the 21st Century of China.
The Institute for Environment and Climate Research (ECI) was founded in May 2016, and conducts original research with the overarching goal of understanding the major characteristics and controlling processes and investigation if mitigation technologies of air pollution and climate change. Findings of ECI’s research can contribute significantly to environmental and climate change sciences, more importantly, the research outcomes can benefit the people and the society substantially.
The ECI currently has four major research domains: namely observation, assessment and mitigation of atmospheric environment; environmental impacts on human health; chemistry of air pollution; and climate change focusing on clouds and precipitation.
The ECI has 46 members at present, including 10 professors, 5 associate professors, 1 distinguished associate researcher, 6 assistant professors, 5 postdoctoral researchers, 8 laboratory and administrative staffs, 11 research assistants, and 5 guest professors. There is one Academician, one “Ten Thousand Scientific Leader Awards” winner, three “Outstanding Young Scientist Awards” winners, and a number of other academic award winners. Among these faculty, 11 are accepting PhD students and 17 are accepting Master students. The ECI offers Master and PhD degrees in Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Engineering. Faculty members of ECI currently carry out 16 nationally and province funded major research projects. In addition, there are 18 research and operational projects funded by urban governments. The annual total research funding from these funding agencies exceed 70 million.
The ECI collaborates with universities and research institutes worldwide. For instance, ECI has close ties in research with University of California, Berkeley, Max Planck Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Tsinghua University, Peking University and Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry from Chinese Academy of Sciences. The ECI has also co-established research laboratories with many universities and institutes for sharing academic resources and research facilities. With these collaborations, students can benefit from a wider picture of global scientific researches.
In April 2018, the JNU-QUT Joint Laboratory for Air Quality Science and Management was unveiled and the JNU-QUT Joint PhD Program Agreement was signed. In November 2018, the JNU signed the agreement to become Official Members of the Centre.
ECI现有教职工46人，其中教授10人，副教授5人，副研究员1人，助理教授6人，博士后研究人员5人，实验室和行政人员8人，研究助理11人，客座教授5人。有一位院士，一位“万科学领袖奖”获得者，三位“杰出青年科学家奖”获奖者，以及其他一些学术奖获得者。在这些教师中，有11人接受博士生，17人接受硕士生。 ECI提供生态学，环境科学，环境科学和环境工程以及环境工程硕士和博士学位。 ECI的教职员工目前正在执行16个国家和省资助的重大研究项目。此外，还有18个由城市政府资助的研究和运营项目。这些资助机构每年的总研究经费超过7000万。
ECI与全球的大学和研究机构合作。 例如，ECI与加州大学伯克利分校，马克斯普朗克研究所，昆士兰科技大学，香港理工大学，清华大学，北京大学和中国科学院广州地球化学研究所的研究密切相关。 ECI还与许多大学和研究所共同建立了研究实验室，以共享学术资源和研究设施。通过这些合作，学生可以从更广泛的全球科学研究中受益。