The School of Mines has a history of over 100 years, stemming from the mining department of Jiaozuo School of Railroad and Mines founded in 1909. A national readjustment of higher learning institutions in 1952 merged the mining engineering departments of Tsinghua University and the now-defunct Beiyang and Tangshan Railroad Universities into China Institute of Mining and Technology (CIMT, former CUMT). Thus，Our Department has rapidly evolved into a mining-oriented educational pattern and set her dominant status in the mining field. In 2000, she was upgraded as School of Energy Science and Engineering and was renamed School of Mines in 2007.
The School of Mines now has 135 full-time faculty and staff, including 3 academicians, 2 of whom are from other research institutes and colleges, 40 professors and over 40 talents with honored titles at or above provincial level. There are three undergraduate programs, namely mining engineering, transportation and industrial engineering. Currently, the total number of students in the school is 1913, including 1134 undergraduates, 644 postgraduates, 112 doctoral students and 23 overseas students. During the past 108 years, she has cultivated more than 10,000 graduates, most of whom have grown into the backbone of the construction and industry development of our country.
The School of Mines has 1 first-level discipline doctoral program, 2 second-level discipline doctoral programs, 3 master programs, 3 professional degree programs and 1 mining engineering postdoctoral program. A number of high-level national teaching platforms and research bases have been established, such as State Key Laboratory of Coal Resources & Safe Mining, National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of Mining Engineering and National Virtual Simulation Experimental Teaching Center of Mining Engineering. Focusing on mining engineering, the mining engineering discipline is one of the key disciplines listed in the national “211 Project”, “985 Innovation Platform for Advantageous Disciplines”, and national “First-class Discipline Project”. In the consecutive discipline evaluation conducted by Ministry of Education, the disciplines ranked the first.
Since the 11th Five-year Plan, the School of Mines has undertaken 93 national research projects, 168 research projects at provincial and ministerial level. The School has achieved 12 national science and technology awards, 148 science and technology awards at provincial and ministerial level and 410 authorized patents. The School has kept stable scientific and technological cooperation with domestic energy and mining research institutes and large coal enterprises. The School also establishes stable academic exchange and visit mechanism and has established a strong bond with over 20 universities and research institutes.
In the foreseeable future, the School of Mines will forge ahead, with a strong commitment to developing a world-top mining discipline.