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Northeast Forestry University

Northeast Forestry University
Motto 学参天地 德合自然
Motto in English
Promoting excellent learning and noble virtue
Established 1952
Type National university
President Yang, Chuanping (杨传平)
Academic staff
Students 28,000
Location Harbin, Heilongjiang,  People's Republic of China
Campus Urban
Nickname 东林 DōngLín; NEFU

Northeast Forestry University (NEFU; simplified Chinese: 东北林业大学; traditional Chinese: 東北林業大學; pinyin: Dōngběi Línyè Dàxué), located in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, is an institution of higher education and research under jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, serve as the largest forestry university in China and a key university within the scope of national "211 Project".


  • History 1
  • Location 2
  • Academics & Research 3
    • Key Disciplines 3.1
      • First grade of National key disciplines 3.1.1
      • Second Grade of National Key Disciplines 3.1.2
      • Key Disciplines of State Forestry Administration 3.1.3
      • Key Disciplines of Heilongjiang Province 3.1.4
    • Key Laboratories 3.2
    • Research Centers and Institutes 3.3
    • Academic Periodicals 3.4
  • Faculty 4
    • National Academician 4.1
  • International Cooperation 5
    • Northeast Forestry University Exchange Program 5.1
    • Chinese Program 5.2
  • Colleges & Departments 6
  • Honors and awards 7
  • Future of NEFU 8
  • Famous alumni 9
  • List of presidents 10
  • See also 11
  • External links 12


The Gate of NEFU, the original gate since established

Founded in 1952, Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) was formed by the combination of both Zhejiang University and Forestry Department of Northeast Agricultural College, and one of the three oldest institutions for forestry education and research all over the country.


Northeast Forestry University is located in the city of Harbin, the center of the region with China's largest state-owned forests. Its campus covers more than 136 hectares with teaching buildings, scientific research laboratories and practice sites. In addition, there are several practice centers which include the Maoershan Experimental Forestry Center (Maoershan National Forest Park) and the Liangshui Experimental Forestry Center (Liangshui National Nature Reserve) etc. Therefore,the university has a total area of 33,000 hectares.

The campus covers 136 hectares, there are 15 dormitories, and only one dining hall. As a university which has more than 20,000 undergraduate students enrolled, the population density is larger than other universities in China.

Academics & Research

The Main Building

NEFU is presently a multidisciplinary university with forestry as its leading field and offers a unique specialization in forestry engineering. NEFU has also specializes in forestry-related aspects of agriculture, science, engineering, economy, management, liberal arts and law. The university at present is composed of sixteen schools and two departments.There are five post-doctoral scientific research programs, four first-level and thirty-two second-level doctoral degree programs. In addition, there are also ten first-level, seventy-five second-level master's degree programs, three types of special discipline master's degree programs in nine fields and fifty-seven undergraduate programs. NEFU has two national first-level key disciplines, two national second-level key disciplines, six key disciplines authorized by the State Forestry Administration, two key discipline groups authorized by Heilongjiang Province, four Heilongjiang Provincial first-level key disciplines, and fifteen Heilongjiang Provincial subordinate key disciplines. With the approval of National Planning Commission and Ministry of Education, NEFU runs the national training centers of life science and technology. In addition, NEFU operates the teaching and research centers of basic sciences particularly in biology, which are also approved by the Ministry of Education.

NEFU has excellent facilities for teaching, research and practice, with one national scientific observation key station (Maoershan forestry ecological system location station), three key laboratories of Ministry of Education, four key laboratories of the State Forestry Administration, and forty-nine research institutions. There are also nine practice sites within the school, including the Maoershan Experimental Forestry Center and Liangshui Experimental Forestry Center and 180 bases outside the school.

Key Disciplines

First grade of National key disciplines

The Library
One of the main roads on campus


  • Forest Tree Genetics and Breeding
  • Silviculture
  • Forest Protection
  • Forest Management
  • Wildlife Conservation and Utilization
  • Ornamental Plants and Horticulture
  • Soil and Water Conservation and Desertification Controlling

Forest Engineering

  • Forest Engineering
  • Wood Science and Technology
  • Chemical Processing Engineering of Forest Products

Second Grade of National Key Disciplines

  • Botany
  • Ecology

Key Disciplines of State Forestry Administration

  • Forest Tree Genetics and Breeding
  • Silviculture
  • Forest Management
  • Ornamental Plants and Horticulture
  • Chemical Processing Engineering of Forest Products
  • Forestry Economics & Management

Key Disciplines of Heilongjiang Province

The Liangshui Experimental Forestry Center, Liangshui National Nature Reserve, Yichun, China
The Feidu Hotel in Maoershan Experimental Forestry Center

Provincial Key Discipline Groups

  • Forestry
  • Biology Material Science and Technology

Provincial First-level Key Disciplines

  • Biology
  • Forestry
  • Forest Engineering
  • Agricultural and Forestry Economics & Management

Provincial Second-level Key Disciplines

  • Population, Resources and Environmental Economics
  • Chemistry and Physics of Polymers
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Computer Applied Technology
  • Chemical Processing Engineering of Forest Products
  • Biomaterial Engineering
  • Forest Tree Genetics and Breeding
  • Silviculture
  • Forest Management
  • Horticulture
  • Soil and Water Conservation and Desertification Controlling
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Corporate Management
  • Accounting

Key Laboratories

  • Key Laboratory of Forest Plant Ecology, Ministry of Education [1]
  • Key Laboratory of Bio-Based Material Science and Technology
  • Key Laboratory of Forest Tree Genetic Improvement and Biotechnology, Ministry of Education

Research Centers and Institutes

  • National Base for Cultivating People of Life Science and Technology
  • National Base for Cultivating People of Base Science Research and Teaching (Biology Major)
  • Maoershan Experimental Forestry Center
  • Liangshui Experimental Forestry Center
  • Forestry Demonstration Base of Harbin

Academic Periodicals

  • Journal of Northeast Forestry University
  • Wildlife
  • Green Financial Affairs and Accounting
  • Chinese Forestry Economy
  • Forest Engineering
  • Journal of Forestry Research [2]
  • Bulletin of Botanical Research [3]


There are now more than 28,000 students of various backgrounds in NEFU. Since its founding in 1952, NEFU has cultivated over 70,000 students and has become the largest national training center for personnel engaged in advanced sciences relating to forestry. The university has 1,269 full-time teachers, including eight academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering and visiting academicians and two specially invited professors of Changjiang Scholar Program. In recent years, some members of NEFU faculty have received special honors, including three national-level Excellent Teacher award, four provincial Famous Teacher award,five provincial-level Excellent Teacher award and two Provincial Model Teachers.

National Academician

  • Ma, Jianzhang 马建章; Distinguished expert of wildlife ecology and management
  • Li, Jian 李坚; Distinguished expert of wood science
  • Song, Zhanqian 宋湛谦; Distinguished expert of forestry engineering and chemical processing of forest products
  • Tang, Shouzheng 唐守正; Distinguished expert of forest management and forest statistics
  • Fang, Zhiyuan 方智远; Distinguished expert of vegetable heredity breeding
  • Sun, Tieheng 孙铁珩; Distinguished expert of pollution ecology and environmental engineering
  • Feng, Zongwei 冯宗炜; Distinguished expert of ecology
  • Xia, Xianzhu 夏咸柱; Distinguished expert of zoopathology

International Cooperation

Northeast Forestry University has made great development in international communication and cooperation. It has established intercollegiate cooperative relations with fifty-eight universities and institutions. In recent years, NEFU has invited more than 300 foreign experts and scholars from more than thirty countries and regions (including the United States, Canada, Russia and Sweden, etc.) to teach, lecture, research, visit and tour the university.

Northeast Forestry University Exchange Program

  • Kymenlaakson ammattikorkeakoulu, University of Applied Sciences, Finland [4]
  • The Ecole Supérieure du Bois, France [5]
  • National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan [6]

Chinese Program

Chinese Training Center of Northeast Forestry University offers courses on different levels for overseas students, including oral Chinese, listening, Chinese Literature, Writing, International Trade, Intensive Reading and HSK Training. The center has basic, elementary, intermediate, advanced level class as well as short-term classes.

The students will attend a total of 20 hours of class per week. Each class will have no more than 16 students. The teaching will focus on conversation competence. Teachers will adjust arrangement to students on different level. These measures will rapidly improve overseas students’ comprehensive skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Applicants must abide by Chinese laws and regulations of NEFU. It opens to those who are healthy, no more than 60 years old and hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Learn more at [7]

Colleges & Departments

Behind the Main Building
  • College of Forestry
  • College of Wildlife Resources
  • College of Electromechanical Engineering
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Information and Computer Engineering
  • College of Life Science
  • College of Vocation and Technique
  • College of Forest Economics and Management
  • College of Landscape Architecture
  • College of Material Science and Engineering
  • College of Civil Engineering
  • College of Sciences
  • College of Foreign Languages
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Traffic
  • College of Continuing Education
  • Physical Education Department

Honors and awards

Since 2001, NEFU has won more than 140 awards of varying levels in scientific researches, including two National second-place awards for Technology and Innovation, three National second-place awards for Advancements in Science and Technology, two Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation award for Advancements in Science and Technology, six Liangxi prizes awarded by Chinese Society of Forestry, seventy-four other provincial and departmental awards and has obtained sixty-nine national patents.

NEFU has been titled the Provincial-level Civilized Unit for a continuous thirteen years. The university was also awarded the honorary title of "National Advanced Unit of Spiritual Civilization Construction" in 1999 and 2003 by the central government. In recent years, NEFU has been honored with the National Advanced Collective of "Cultivating Students in Three Aspects," the National Model Home of Workers and Staff (the National Model Labor Union), the National Advanced Collective of Teacher's Morals Construction, the Advanced Unit of Campus Landscaping among Heilongjiang universities and has also won the honorary title of "the National Advanced Unit of Social Practice" twelve times in succession.

Future of NEFU

NEFU will carry on the "DongLin (short form of the Northeast Forestry University in Chinese) spirit" of "working hard in unity, self-inspiration, utilizing advantages to the fullest and competing for the top" and fulfill the school motto of "promoting excellent learning and noble virtue." The university will continue to uphold and enrich these qualities and seek to build itself into a nationally top-rated research-oriented university with influence in the international university community by the year of 2032, i.e. its 80th anniversary.

Famous alumni

Wan, Gang 万钢; Minister of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China

List of presidents

  • Liu, Chengdong 刘成栋 (1952–1963)
  • Yang, Xianjin 杨衔晋 (1979–1983)
  • Xiu, Guohan 修国翰 (1983–1985, 1985–1989)
  • Zhu, Guoxi 朱国玺 (1990–1995)
  • Li, Jian 李坚 (1996–2007)
  • Yang, Chuanping 杨传平 (2007 - )

See also

External links

  • Northeast Forestry University Official Website (Chinese)
  • Northeast Forestry University Official Website (English)

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