At Present, the School of Life Sciences and Engineering has 144 academics, including 29 professors (researchers) and 64 teachers with PhDs. Among the latter are two staff members who have been awarded the State Council special allowance; two academic and technical leaders of Sichuan Province; one staff member who is who is included in the ‘One Hundred Talents Programme’ of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; one prize-winner for Outstanding Contributions to Science in Mianyang; seven experts who have been commended for Outstanding Contributions to Sichuan Province; and four members of the Sichuan-based innovative team known as the China Agriculture Research System.
Currently, the School offers a PhD programme which focuses on Environmental Biological Effects and Repair, as part of the wider field of study of Environmental Science and Engineering. The School also offers students the opportunity to study the discipline of Botany, which is an extremely important subject in Sichuan Province. Moreover, the School is authorised to award academic degrees to students who have completed: first-level study in Biology; a first-level master’s degree in Chemistry Engineering and Technology; and a professional master’s degree in Agriculture and Chemical Engineering. Bachelor’s degrees at the School are available in seven major subjects as follows: Agronomy (this subject is highly ranked in Sichuan as it develops excellent agriculture and forestry skills); Food Science and Engineering (which is also considered to be an excellent subject in Sichuan Province);Pharmaceutical Engineering (also an excellent subject in Sichuan Province); Biological Engineering (a pilot subject which is being taught as part of a range of major reforms across Sichuan Province); Biotechnology; Horticulture; and Animal Science.
The School has established scientific research platforms such as the Sichuan Province Engineering Research Centre for Biomass Resource Utilisation and Modification; the Sichuan Province Agricultural Biomass Resources Recycling Collaborative Innovation Centre; the Key Laboratory of the Biological Effects of Nuclear Radiation; and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Education’s Operations.
The School has made great advancements in scientific research and has received a total of more than 50 awards at provincial level and above, including four national awards. Over 50 crop varieties from the School have received national approval and six types of rice and wheat were validated by the National Crop Variety Approval Committee. In the past five years, the School has undertaken over 200 initiatives of various sizes, including the National 863 Project; the State-Supporting Project; and the National Natural Science Fund Project. and an additional 17 others. Collectively, these initiatives generated a revenue of around 26 million yuan for the School.
The School works to ensure that the research undertaken by its staff is reflected in their teaching and promotes collaborative innovation both amongst staff within the university itself and with staff outside of it. Together with Sichuan Agricultural University, the Chengdu Institute of Biology and of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Tie Qi Li Shi Group, the Sichuan Jinfu Modern Agriculture Co., the Xi Ke Seed Co. and other enterprises, the School has established collaborative innovation forum which undertakes scientific research and delivers training for its members. The forum cultivates academic, compound and application-oriented skills. The School itself has supported its students to make great achievements in scientific and technological areas. In the national college students’ ‘Challenge Cup’ competition, the School won four national awards and 12 provincial awards.