The College of Biomass Science and Engineering in Sichuan University was merged by the original College of Light Industry and Food Engineering, and the original College of Textile Engineering in Sichuan University. This merged college can date back to the department of leather making established in 1921 in Yanjing University, the major of food and chemical engineering established in 1954, the major of fiber chemistry established in 1958 in Chengdu Engineering College, the major of cloth design and engineering established in 1988 in Chengdu Science & Technology University, and the major of light industry & biology technology established in 2004. This merged college is now one of the powerful colleges of characteristic in Sichuan University. In this college, the department of leather chemistry and engineering tops globally and domestically.
The College of Biomass Science and Engineering in Sichuan University is now composed of the department of biomass and leather engineering, the department of textile and cloth engineering, the department of food engineering, the National Engineering Laboratory for Clean Technology of Leather Manufacture, the Key Laboratory of Leather Chemistry and Engineering of Ministry of Education, the research center for textile, the key laboratory of food engineering in Sichuan Province, the Research Center for Artificial Leather, and the Research Institute of Agriculture Products. This College now has five majors for undergraduate students, eighteen Master's empowerment points (including fourteen science degrees and four major degrees), four Enrolment points of master of Engineering, one PhD authorization point of the first level subject, five PhD authorizing points, and two postdoctoral research stations. This College has four national key disciplines (including three co-established), one key discipline of provincial level one and three key disciplines of provincial level two, in which the discipline of Leather Chemistry and Engineering is now a national key discipline, a national "211 Project" and "985 Project" key construction discipline. In addition, this College also co-established three national key disciplines (including material process engineering, material science and engineering, nutrition and food hygiene) with other institutes or colleges. Furthermore, this College is now leading the construction of "light industry advanced technology and environmental protection" first-class discipline cluster in Sichuan University. The College was once the chairman organization of the International Leather Chemists and Technicians Associations. Now it is the member of Light Industry Teaching Guidance Committee of the Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Education, and the National Light Industry Vocational Education Committee of Leather, Fur, and Their Products.
There are 131 faculties working in this college, including 27 professors, 48 associate professors and 19 doctoral tutors. In these faculties, there are one academician of the China Academy of Engineering, one specially invited academician of the China Academy of Engineering, one high-end foreign professor, one Cheung Kong Scholar, two members of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council Review Group, three national young experts with outstanding contributions, one national teaching master, one winner of the national science found for outstanding young scholar, two winners of the National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation, one Innovation Team of the Ministry of education, one national teaching team, one member of the Ministry of Light Industry Education Teaching Steering Committee, four members of the Ministry of Education Instruction Committee, six winners of the Trans-Century Training Programme Foundation for the Talents, Ministry of Education of China, six leaders of Sichuan province science and technology leaders, five experts with outstanding contributions in Sichuan Province.
In recent years, this college has been financially supported by the national development plan key project, the national science and technology support program, the national 973 and 863 projects, the National Natural Science Foundation, national outstanding youth fund, international cooperation projects, the Ministry of science and technology, Ministry of education, Ministry of education Doctoral Fund project, the central departments, provinces and other project project and a large number of projects provided by enterprises and institutions. From 2011 to 2016, the total funds for scientific research in the college reached 149 million yuan. During this time, 1833 papers were published, of which 559 were included in SCI and EI. In addition, 85 books were published (including the national "11th Five-Year" planning textbooks), including a total of more than 1200 million words. The college has also been authorized with 193 national invention patents and 13 utility models. There have been more than 100 awards in this college, including two national technical invention awards and the first prize of the first prize for technical invention of the outstanding achievement award of the Ministry of education of the Ministry of education.
Our college has implemented the models of “323+X” innovative talent cultivation and top talent cultivation for undergraduates and postgraduates, respectively. We always adhere to an open teaching philosophy, which regularly invite people including industry association, domestic and international enterprises executives, and extra-school engineers to take part in the discussions involved in teaching plan revision, innovative entrepreneurial thinking stimulation, practical ability cultivation, and employability skill improvement for students. Furthermore, our college organizes conferences about costume, leather design contest and work display together with the local government, industrial agglomeration area, and famous enterprises. Open teaching philosophy also emphasizes on constructing the school-enterprise cooperation mechanisms and patterns that aim at promoting cultivation of the engineering and art students. On the other hand, we stick to an internationalized school-running mode and successively establish a substantive cooperative relationship with Australian Monash University, Southampton University, Arts London University, Catalonia University, Marriott Applied Technology (Netherlands) University, and Mokpo National University. In recent years, the year-end employment and enrollment rates of our college graduates are 95.7 and 21.2%, respectively. More than 420 students have won prize in a number of competitions and multiple achievements have entered a practice-based approach to innovation and entrepreneurship education.
The college attaches great importance tointernational academic exchanges, and has established long-term cooperation relationship with the counterparts, academic and research institutions in such countries and regions as United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, France, Czech, Romania, South Korea, Singapore, Italy, Australia, Spain, etc. Academician Shi Bi has served as the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) chairman; the college hosts International Symposium of China-Korea Food Technology and China-Japan Food & Brewing Technology every four years; recently, we have hosted The 7th Asian International Conference of Leather Science and Technology,China-Japan Seminar on Polymers & Fibers.
The college is ready to seize the opportunity provided by theworld-class universities strategic plan in accordance with the “Double First Class” initiative, cultivate top-notch talents, create first-class disciplines,educate high-quality teachers, foster advanced achievements and take full advantage of the subject characteristics to deepen cooperation with livelihood industries. All students, faculty and staff rally closer around the school party and government leaders, working together and striving to fulfill the first-class college targets, making new contributions to the leading-edge development of China's light chemical, textile, food and fermentation industries.
College of Biomass Science and Engineering
Wangjiang campus: Sichuan University
No.24 South Section 1, Yihuan Road, Chengdu , China, 610065
Tel: 028-85405836；028-85405840( Office of college)