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“Double First-Class University” Deans of Environment Departments Visit SUSTech
On May 12, SUSTech’s School of Environmental Science and Engineering (SESE) hosted a forum themed “Creating World-Class Academia, Servicing Beautiful China.” Many Class A universities under the “Double First-Class” plan sent Deans from their Schools of Environment from across the country and joined other leading environmental science experts from Guangdong. University Council Chairman Guo Yurong opened the forum. She welcomed the assembled experts, and sincerely hoped that the forum would foster new ideas for education in environmental science while contributing to more original research findings in this highly important academic field. Academician and Dean of College of Engineering Xu Zhenghe briefly introduced recent developments at SUSTech, while SESE Dean Zheng Chunmiao made an in-depth presentation of the school’s development. Zheng wished the School could take part in “creating world-class academia” and “servicing beautiful China.” Academician Tao Shu from Peking University then presented a special report on “Air Pollution and Simulation of Its Effects Based on High-Resolution Emissions.” Academician Hu Chunhong from the Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) followed Tao, and talked about “Ecological Construction and Yellow River’s Water-Sand Changes in the Loess (Huangtu) Plateau.” Dean Zhu Tong from Peking University, Assistant Dean from Tsinghua University, Dean Ma Jun from Harbin Institute of Technology, Dean Dai Xiaohu from Tongji University, Dean Ren Hongqiang from Nanjing University and Dean Chen Baoliang all came on stage. As deans and assistant deans of prestigious environmental programs from across the country, they joined other experts to share a variety of experiences. The panels spoke at length about the development of their respective schools and engaged in many lively discussions about curriculum design, talent education, evaluation system, resource allocation and policy reform:   Original Chinese Text: School of Environmental Science and Engineering English Text: Fan Yining, Chris Edwards
MEE Approves of Building Water Pollution Prevention and Control Laboratory at SUSTech
Recently, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China (MEE) officially permitted SUSTech to build a water pollution prevention and control laboratory. The laboratory will focus on surface and underground water in state-protected drainage basins, and it is the first national-level laboratory at SUSTech. Laboratory leader and Dean of School of Environmental Science and Engineering Zheng Chunmiao will undertake a three-stage drainage-basin-based research project, aimed at water pollution prevention technology and the need of related industry development: (1) Evolutionary rules of water environmentin target drainage basins; the mechanism of reciprocal action, a coupling mechanism, as well as effects of ecological environment and its control mechanism between surface water and underground water; (2) Monitoring and research of surface and underground water pollution in target drainage basins, comprehensive prevention, and contro lof water pollution, environment-friendly equipment,and advanced materials; (3) Risk assessment of surface and underground water pollution in targetdrainage basins, health effect evaluation and optimized management and control technologies. The laboratory strives to become a world-class research platform, standardized testing center, and future national key laboratory, and contribute to the improvement of water environment and water pollution prevention/control technologies in China. Since its establishment in May 2015, the School of Environmental Science and Engineering has been prioritizing its research on hydrology and water resources. They have particularly focused on a variety of environmental matters such as environmental biogeochemistry, water pollution and treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, solid waste disposal and utilization, atmospheric chemistry and pollution control, ecological system assessment, environmental remote sensing, and global environmental change.The School is also equipped with high-level faculty and researchers who have undertaken over 80 research projects with funding of over 30 million USD, published more than 170 SCI academic papers, released eight monographs, and established multiple municipal and provincial laboratories.   Original Chinese Text: School of Environmental Science and Engineering English Text: Fan Yining, Chris Edwards, School of Environmental Science and Engineering
Student from Environmental Science and Engineering Recommended to Represent Guangdong at National Youth League Congress
On Thursday, May 3rd, the 14th Congress of the Guangdong Communist Youth League took place in Guangzhou.The overarching theme was “holding high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the era of Xi Jinping, and uniting the youth of southern Guangdong to contribute to Guangdong’s achievement of the top four ranks in the country.” The conference had many important sessions, including the election of representatives for the Guangdong Delegation to the 18th National Congress and the members of the Communist Youth League Committee of the 14th Session of the Guangdong Provincial Committee (alternate members). Both groups will jointly discuss the “Guangdong Youth Medium and Long-Term Development Plan (2018-2025)” Report from the 13thSession of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Guangdong Communist Youth League. After a series of recommendations, investigations,and elections, Lv Zhong, one of our Environmental Science and Engineering students, has been recommended to the 14th Session of the Communist Youth League of Guangdong province. Source: SUSTech Youth League Committee English Text: Chris Edwards/ Xia Yingying
Professor Liu Junguo Selected As Only Chinese Lead Of Sixth Assessment Report For IPCC
Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced their selection of lead authors for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Professor Liu Junguo, from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, will be the only Chinese lead author of Chapter 4: Water, Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability). Professor Liu’s involvement in teaching and research of water resources and environmental restoration is substantial. He has contributed 122 academic papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). He also published four original or translated books as the first author. Professor Liu received the Outstanding Young Scientists Award from the European Geosciences Union in 2009, making him the first hydrologist in the world to earn such an achievement. In 2017, he became the first Asian scientist to win the Communication Award of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). In the same year, he received the Outstanding Science Research Achievement for Institutions of Higher Education from China's Ministry of Education. As the leading international body for the assessment climate change, the IPCC was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1988. The focus of its study is the impact of human activities on climate change. One of the main IPCC activities is the preparation of comprehensive Assessment Reports (AR; related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) about the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response strategies. The bureaux of the three IPCC Working Groups selected 721 authors from 2858 experts representing 105 countries. The selected authors are from 90 countries, with 44% from developing countries or transitional countries, 33% female experts, and 53% first-time AR authors.   The list of lead authors of AR6 can be retrieved from the following link: Source: School of Environmental Science & Engineering Text by Fan Yining/Chris Edwards
Second Session of Second SUSTech Council Promotes SUSTech’s “Double First-Class” Construction
On April 3rd, 2018, the Second Session of the Second SUSTech Council meeting took place at the Shenzhen Civic Center. The meeting was presided over by Chen Rugui, the Mayor of Shenzhen and the Director General of the University Council. The meeting deliberated and passed “The Southern University of Science and Technology Council Charter (Revised ),” “SUSTech’s First-Class University and Disciplines Construction Plan,” “SUSTech Medicine School Project( Planning& Construction),” “SUSTech Work Plan 2018,” along with the final accounts and budget. There was also an election for Vice Director General of the University Council and Vice President of the University. SUSTech University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong submitted “The Southern University of Science and Technology Council Charter (Revised).” The meeting deliberated and passed the Charter (Revised). President Chen Shiyi submitted “SUSTech’s First-class University and Disciplines Construction Plan,” “SUSTech School of Medicine  Project (Planning & Construction),” “SUSTech Work Report 2017” and “SUSTech Work Plan 2018”. President Chen said in 2017, under the guidance and support of the Ministry of Education, the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Government, SUSTech had earnestly implemented the decision and arrangement of the University Council. SUSTech was fulfilling its duties in both promoting the goal of “Establishing a World-Class University Rooted in China” and the notions of “Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship." “We should further improve the layout of disciplines, building a first-class faculty team, and promote the construction while focusing on the strategic plan of Shenzhen.” President Chen made a comprehensive report on the university’s development on a variety of aspects, including the construction of academic disciplines, enhancement of the talent team, new advances in scientific research, improved personnel training, progress in international education, and the development of Phase I and Phase II of campus construction. In the following report on the strategic plan, goal, and measures of “Double First-Class” construction, he said, “Promoting world-class universities and first-class discipline construction is an important strategic goal for the University. The University will strive to speed up development and strive to be a leader in innovation.” Through "Double First-Class" construction, the university will improve the governance structure, construct the participation mechanism of society and realize the breakthrough of the key issues, to promote leap-forward and connotative development with a new pattern. The University will make more contributions to innovative city construction, international technology center, and industry innovation center construction of Shenzhen. Later, Members of the Council deliberated on the reports. The Members of the University Council fully affirmed the remarkable achievements SUSTech has achieved in the first stage. The targets towards the next stage were debated vigorously by the members of University Council, with former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education Wu Qidi, former President of Beijing Normal University Zhong Binlin, and former President of Shanghai Jiaotong University Xie Shengwu providing strong views on education. Former Executive Director, President, and Chief Operating Officer Ma Weihua, and former Chairman of Overseas Chinese Town Holdings Company Ren Kelei were heavily involved in other areas of discussion, as were other members in attendance. SUSTech is a high starting and high positioning university that was established under the background of Chinese higher education reform in Shenzhen. Now it has developed rapidly and established a characteristic mode of interaction between city and university. Based on the current stunning achievements, the University’s development plan for the next decade is clear. The leadership team will continue the action by combining the national, provincial and municipal development strategies, encourage more innovation in different areas, and build a world-class medical school to serve the community and to boost the city’s health care services. The meeting passed “SUSTech’s First-Class University and Disciplines Construction Plan” as well as putting forward a number of useful suggestions for the Univeristy. The meeting also passed the University annual work plan, budget and final accounts. The Vice Mayor of Shenzhen Gao Zimin was appointed as the Vice Director General of University Council. Lu Chun and Teng Jinguang were appointed as Vice Presidents of SUSTech at the meeting. At the meeting, Mayor of Shenzhen Chen Rugui on behalf of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee Secretary Wang Weizhong thanked the council members, faculty members and staff for their hard work. Mayor Chen said that SUSTech had created many development miracles in recent years, and Shenzhen is proud of the developments that SUSTech has made in higher education. As always, the Shenzhen Municipal Government will fully support the innovation and development of SUSTech and promote its establishment of a world-class research university. Mayor Chen Rugui pointed out that SUSTech should earnestly work towards General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important requirements for Guangdong’s “four aspects at the forefront of the nation” and seize the “Double First-Class” opportunities to highlight school management characteristics further. World-class cities need top-class universities, and top-class universities cultivate first-class talents, so first-class universities are the best for world-class cities. The key to solving Shenzhen’s development issues is Shenzhen’s full support for SUSTech in making progress toward becoming a world-class research university. SUSTech will combine its development with the city’s goal orientation, as well as combining China’s development with its global approach, and accelerate the realization of high-quality education and development. At the same time, we must ensure the quality of education and cultivate more innovative talents. Text by Tong Xiaojin/Chris Edwards/Xia Yingying  
Professor Liu Junguo won MOE’s Research Award for Outstanding Young Scholars
Recently, Professor Liu Junguo from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech received an Outstanding Research Award of Outstanding Young Scholars in Higher Education Institutions from the Ministry of Education. The Research Award for Outstanding Young Scholars is one of the four major awards established by the MOE in 2015. It aims to award young professors under 40 who have made a great impact in basic scientific research, encouraging them to devote to science. The experts of the MOE will evaluate a wide range of issues for each candidate, including their academic achievements.  The candidates will be strictly evaluated, including reviews of their correspondence and subject, as well as a review by an expert committee. The experts of MOE make the final decision. Professor Liu Junguo is also the recipient of National Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scholar. His main research field is water resources and ecological restoration. As an excellent young professor, he has published more than 120 papers in renowned journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS, and Nature Communications. Professor Liu Junguo was the member of the Technical Advisory Committee of “Water for Life” UN-Water Best Practices Award, while also being the chairperson of the ten-year hydrological plan of International Association of Hydrological Sciences and the co-editor of Journal of Water and Climate Change. Professor Liu was also the director-general of Beijing Association of Ecological Restoration and the chairman of the Beijing Environmental Protection Association. Text Tong Xiaojin/Chris Edwards
THE Asia Universities Summit 2018 Begins at SUSTech
Jointly presented by SUSTech and Times Higher Education, THE Asia Universities Summit 2018 is taking place on February 5 to 7, 2018, with the theme of “Connecting cities, changing the world: research universities building Asia”. SUSTech is a thriving Asian university with a bright future that will influence the higher education as well as the world economy and politics, said Phil Baty, the editorial director of global rankings Times Higher Education. 37 renowned university presidents from 16 countries and areas attended the summit.  The city’s Party chief, Wang Weizhong, the director of National Natural Science Foundation Yang Wei, the Chairperson of University Council Guo Yurong and the President of SUSTech Chen Shiyi attended the opening ceremony of the summit. The summit aims to discuss, debate and discover how Asian research universities are transforming our future and discuss strategies for building regional alliances, collaborating with local businesses and cultivating entrepreneurship. Speaking at the Opening Remarks, Wang Weizhong pointed out that Shenzhen does play, has played, and will continue to play a significant role in the building of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, and he noted that innovation, as the first impetus of Shenzhen's economic growth, has been empowered by excellent talents and universities. SUSTech President Chen Shiyi expressed that the development of SUSTech cannot be separated from the support of the city of Shenzhen. He also said that SUSTech would continue to make further contributions to the nation and city through its academic developments. “Global cooperation improves China’s academic influence, empowering the future development of the domestic academic capabilities,” said Yang Wei, President of Natural Science Foundation of China. He illustrated the relationship between research universities and basic research, the conflicts among research universities, the basic research and the development of research universities. Subra Suresh, the President of Nanyang Technological University, delivered a keynote speech on the trends, opportunities and challenges of global research and education, beginning with historical perspectives of how successful research enterprises and their societal consequences have evolved. He further examined some of the key questions, potential issues and consequences of the trends above for research, education and lifelong learning. About the Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit Following the great success of summits in Hong Kong in 2016 and South Korea in 2017, this prestigious gathering moved to Shenzhen, the international innovation hub of southern China and a rising global megacity. In the summit, leaders will debate and share their strategies that will impact the future of the continent. A number of issues will be addressed, including how universities and city authorities can best work in partnership; how universities can be catalysts between industry and government for innovation; how research universities can bridge cultural divides via the global knowledge economy; and how higher education can take a leading socio-economic role through the fourth industrial revolution.
Prof. Chunmiao Zheng interviewed by the Times Higher Education
The 2018 Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit takes place in Shenzhen, China, from 5-7 February, and is hosted in partnership with SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology).   Chris Parr is joined by writers Jack Grove and Rachael Pells, editorial director for global rankings, Phil Baty, and head of content and engagement for the World Summit Series Tim Sowula. They also hear from Chunmiao Zheng, dean of the school of environmental science and engineering at SUSTech.   They discuss the rapid growth of Shenzhen as a city, China's increasing attractiveness as a research hub, and look at some of the highlights from the summit agenda.    Link to the podcast:     Source: Times Higher Education
Study first finds new way to see the human impact on regional climate change over Megacity, Hong Kong
A new SUSTech-led study, published by Environmental Research Letters, has found significant changes in urban heat island (UHI) duration in developing area of Hong Kong by using environmental Big-data through combining long-term monitoring of meteorological data sets, satellite remote sensing, and inventory data. Study found that duration of UHI is not changing over time at highly developed area such as downtown area of Hong Kong. But, UHI duration has been increased over time at developing areas such as Lau Fau Shan regions. “This is very important study to assess the human impacts on regional climate change. Urban heat island is a clear evidence of human activity over the city. However, previous all studies only focused on the intensity of urban heat island. For the first time, we define the new matrix to understand the duration change of urban heat island” said by Prof. Sujong Jeong “Urban heat island duration information can provide us with a reference for urban development planning. A lengthening of UHI duration indicates a longer period of extra warming in an urban area. This longer period of warming would influence both the fundamental and vital elements of the urban ecosystem and human daily life. For example, the energy bureau needs to adapt to new situations, as UHI duration changes in both daily and seasonal levels can lead to increases in electricity consumption.” said by Lead author Chen Xuan (Junior student in SUSTech) This research is supported by the research grant from Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzhen, China. 
SUSTech scientist Prof. Hu Qing wins National Science & Technology Progress Award
The National Science and Technology Award Conference was held in Beijing, Jan. 8, 2018. SUSTech Professor Hu Qing won the Second Grade of National Science and Technology Progress Award with her technical highlight of Risk Control Theories, Techniques and Applications of Heavy Metal Contamination in the Aquatic Environment of River Basin program. The Conference is the most influential nationally occasion to honor professionals in science and technology who have made outstanding contributions to their own fields and to the modernization of China overall. General Secretary Xi Jinping and other Party and state leaders presented the Highest National Award of Science and Technology to the award winners. The awardee, from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech, is the director of the Engineering Innovation Center (Beijing) at SUSTech, as well as a professor and party committee secretary of the School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of SUSTech. The breakthrough made by Professor Hu forms a complete technology and application system which helps the nation solve the technical difficulties in coupling contamination reduction and recycle use, in due consideration to both daily control and emergency response, and in the collaborative prevention and control of contamination source and process. The program aims at the key bottleneck in one of the major national needs, the prevention and treatment of heavy metal contamination. After an 18-year long endeavor under the principle of “Source Control-Process Reduction-Integrated Management”, Hu Qing and her team proposed risk control theories, techniques, and applications of heavy metal contamination, studied and developed a series of key techniques and a complete set of equipment in green production, mine tailing treatment, removal promotion and in-situ passivation. This program achieved an innovative breakthrough in originality, creativity and practicability. Spurred by China’s strategic needs for better environmental protection, SUSTech established the School of Environmental Science and Engineering in May 2015. The School’s faculty conducts cutting-edge research on water resources and water quality, soil science and remediation, air pollution control, industrial ecology, global environmental change and related areas. One overall trend is that the School focuses on developing advanced technologies to meet urgent societal needs, such as novel waste-water treatment and desalination technologies, energy-saving and emission reduction technologies, and environmental remote sensing technologies. The focus closely aligns with the developmental needs of China and indicates the inspiration for research here at SUSTech. Source: School of Environmental Science and Engineering Text: Xia Yingying/Deng Yutong(Intern) Proofread by: Jeremy Welburn