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China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

China University of Geosciences
Former names
Beijing Institute of Geology
Hubei College of Geology
Wuhan College of Geology
Motto艰苦朴素 求真务实
Motto in English
Being austere and simple, keeping on practice and acting for truth
TypeNational public
Established1952; 72 years ago (1952)
Academic affiliations
Double First-Class Construction
ChairmanHe Guangcai (何光彩)
PresidentWang Yanxin (王焰新)

30°31′18″N 114°24′00″E / 30.52167°N 114.40000°E / 30.52167; 114.40000
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The China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) is a public university in Wuhan, Hubei, China. It is affiliated with the Ministry of Education, and co-funded by the Ministry of Education and the Hubei Provincial People's Government. The university is part of the Double First-Class Construction and Project 211.

The China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and the China University of Geosciences (Beijing) are considered separate entities, although these two universities shared common history until 2005. CUG Wuhan and CUG Beijing have different constitutions, presidents, and governing boards, as well as separate legal entity registration, admission procedures, financial systems, Internet domains, and logos.


Main Campus (Nanwangshan Mountain Campus)

The Main Campus of CUG is referred to as Nanwangshan Mountain Campus, because the campus was located at the foot of Nanwangshan mountain and it also has a tunnel which connect west campus and north campus running through the mountain. It has a large annual enrollment and has a wide range of courses other than geosciences.[1] Its Yifu Museum (donated by Sir Run Run Shaw) is known for housing China's top ranked displays of dinosaur fossils, mineral and rock specimens.[2]

New Campus (Future City Campus)

The New Campus of CUG was built in the Future technology city of Wuhan.[3]


1952–1970: Beijing Institute of Geology

The history of China University of Geosciences dates back to Beijing Institute of Geology (BIG; simplified Chinese: 北京地质学院; traditional Chinese: 北京地質學院; pinyin: Běijīng Dìzhì Xuéyuàn) which was a merger of the geology departments of Tsinghua University, Peking University, Tianjin University and Tangshan Railway College in 1952. It was among China's first 16 key universities back in the 1950s. The university suspended operations from 1966 to 1970 due to the Cultural Revolution.

1970–1975: Hubei College of Geology

In 1970, the school reopened in Jiangling County, Hubei Province as Hubei College of Geology (simplified Chinese: 湖北地质学院; traditional Chinese: 湖北地質學院; pinyin: Húběi Dìzhì Xuéyuàn).[4]

1975–1987: Wuhan College of Geology

In 1975 the campus was moved to Wuhan, and the school was renamed Wuhan College of Geology (WCG; simplified Chinese: 武汉地质学院; traditional Chinese: 武漢地質學院; pinyin: Wǔhàn Dìzhì Xuéyuàn). In 1978 BIG reopened in Beijing with the help of Deng Xiaoping. In 1986 the Chinese Government ratified the foundation of the Beijing Graduate School of WCG. It was ranked as one of the first 33 Graduate Schools nationwide.

1987–present: China University of Geosciences

Later in 1987, WCG was renamed China University of Geosciences, and its branch campus in Beijing was renamed the Beijing Graduate School of China University of Geosciences. In 2005, the two campuses in Wuhan and Beijing were separated into two individual entities and renamed China University of Geosciences (CUG) and China University of Geosciences (Beijing) (CUGB), respectively. CUG is included in the Chinese state Double First Class University Plan.[1]


National-level laboratories

Provincial or ministerial-level laboratories

  • Key Laboratory of Tectonics and Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Education
  • Three Gorges Research Center for Geohazards, Ministry of Education
  • Key Laboratory of legal evaluation engineering of Ministry of land and resources
  • Engineering Research Center for nano mineral materials and applications, Ministry of Education

Field Training Centers


  • Earth Science (in Chinese, ISSN 1000-2383; Ei Compendex)
  • Journal of Earth Science (in English, ISSN 1674-487X; SCIE)

Image gallery

Notable alumni

See also


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