学院以地理学为主体，融合生态学、环境学、经济学、社会学和管理学等学科的理论与方法，长期坚持对我国亚热带地区、江南丘陵山地区、洞庭湖流域、长株潭城市群等区域人地系统的综合研究，在全球变化与生态预测、水旱灾害形成机理与防控、环境污染与生态修复、土地利用与土地覆盖变化、城乡转型与乡村发展、城市群成长机理与调控、国土空间规划、地理空间大数据挖掘、自然资源遥感监测等领域开展创新性研究，取得了一系列重要成果。近10年来，学院教师先后完成包括国家自然科学基金、国家社会科学基金、国家科技支撑计划、国家重点研发计划等在内的国家级课题80余项，省部级课题200余项，厅局级及横向课题800余项，到账项目经费超2亿元；在Nature Plants，PNAS，Science Bulletin，地理学报等国内外高水平学术刊物发表学术论文1000余篇，出版学术著作和教材30余部；获得省部级及以上教学和科技成果奖励10余项。
Brief introduction of the School of Geographic Sciences：
The School of Geographic Sciences of Hunan Normal University originated from the Department of History and Geography of the National Normal College which founded in 1938. After an extraordinary process of more than 80 years of starting its own business, struggling to move forward and making rapid progress, the school has now become the geographic talent cultivation and scientific research base of Hunan Province with the longest history of school running, the most complete talent education system, the highest education level, and the strongest academic research strength and social service ability, which has obvious comprehensive advantages and distinct school-running characteristics.
At present, the school consists of four departments of Geographical Science, Geographic Information Engineering, Urban-rural Planning and Land Science, and has build the Institute of Resources and Environment, the Institute of Land Research, the Research Center of Geographic Information System and Research Center of Regional Economic and Social Development.The schoolhas four undergraduate majors, including Geographical Science, Human Geography and Urban-Rural Planning, Geographic Information Science and Land Resource Management. Among them, Geographical Science, Human Geography and Urban-Rural Planning and Land Resource Management are enrolled by the national first-class undergraduate major construction program, Geographic Information Science is enrolled by the provincial first-class undergraduate major construction program, and Geography Science is one of the first-batch of majors in Hunan Province that passed the second-level certification of normal major by the Ministry of Education of China.
The school has a high-level teaching faculty. There are 93 faculty members, including 75 full-time teachers. The full-time teachers include 24 professors, 21 associate professors and 30 lecturers. The percentage offull-time teacher with doctorate degree is more than 89.3%. The school has many well-known scholars, including the National Outstanding Young Talent and the National Outstanding Teacher, as well as many young talents with strong innovative potentials, including those that supported by the“New Century Talent support program”of the Ministry of Education of China,the“Furong Scholar program”of Hunan Province,the Hunan Provincial Outstanding Young Talent and Huxiang Young Talent.
The school has excellent teaching and scientific research platforms. Geography, the core discipline of the school, is the provincial key discipline of the10th,11th and 12th Five-year Plans in Hunan Province.In 2018, it has been selected in to the Domestic First-Level Cultivation Discipline of Hunan Province; and in 2022, it has been selected into the key discipline of the 14thFive-year Plans in Hunan Province.In the 4th-round of national discipline evaluation,it has been rated as the B-category discipline, and had made new breakthroughin the 5th-round of national discipline evaluation.The school has a post-doctoral research station of Geographyand afirst-level disciplinedoctoral program of Geography, as well as professional master programs of Resources and Environment, Education and Public Administration. The school has two Hunan Provincial Key Laboratories, namely,“Geo-spatial Big Data Mining and Application” and “Eco-environmental Changes and Carbon Sequestration of the Dongting Lake Basin”. The school also has the Key Laboratory of“Resource Utilization and Ecological Environment Protection in Dongting Lake Basin”for Universities in Hunan Province, the Hunan Provincial Demonstration Experimental Center of “Resource and Environment Practice Teaching”,the Hunan Provincial Innovation Training Center for Undergraduate Students of “Comprehensive Utilization of Resources”,the Hunan Provincial Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Center for College Students of“Resources and Environment”,the Hunan Provincial School-Enterprise Cooperative Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Base of “Geographical Sciences”,the Hunan Provincial Science-Popularizing Education Base for youth and so on. The school has three university-level Key Laboratories, namely,“Mechanism of Environmental Heavy Metal Pollution and Ecological Restoration”,“Urban and Rural Transformation Process and Effect”and“Ecological Forecasting and Global change”.
The school has achieved remarkable results in talent training. It has cultivated more than 10,000 graduates with solid theoretical knowledge, active innovative thinking and excellent comprehensive quality, including a large group of outstanding alumni who are influential in teaching, scientific research, management, industry and other fields, such as Kaizhong Yang, Houkai Wei, Weiran Zhang, Yunling Zhang, Xinhua Peng, Hualou Long, Bin Zou, Huaiyu Tian, Jun Li, Huijun Guo, Fanghua Tang, Xianzhong Long, Zhongcheng Jiang, Jianping Shi, Wei Peng, Xiangming He, Biaozhi Zeng and so on.
With Geography as the main body, combing with thetheories and methods from the disciplines of Ecology, Environment, Ecology, Sociology, Management and so on, the school has long adherence in the comprehensive studies on the human and land systems in the subtropical China, the hilly and mountain areas in Southern China, the Dongting Lake Basin, the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan urban agglomeration and so on. Based on those innovative studies, aseries of important achievements have been made in the study fields of global change and ecological forecasting, formation mechanism and prevention and control of flood and drought disasters,environmental pollution and ecological restoration,land use and land cover change,urban and rural transformation and rural development,urban agglomeration growth mechanism and regulation,national-land spatial planning, geo-spatial big data mining, natural resources remote-sensing monitoring and so on. In the past decade, the teachers of the school have completed more than 80 national-level projects, including the projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation,the National Social Science Foundation, the National Science and Technology Support Program,the National Key Research and Development Program and so on;as well as more than 200 provincial and ministerial projects and more than 800 bureau-level and application projects, with a total financial support more than 200 million yuan (RMB). In domestic and abroad journals with high academic reputation,such as Nature Plants, PNAS, Science Bulletin, Acta Geographica Sinica,more than 1,000 research papers with high quality have been published by the teachers of the school, as well as more than 30 academic monographs and textbooks. The teachers of the school have wined more that 10 provincial and ministerial awards of teaching and scientific/technological research.
The school has actively carried out exchange activities. Overseas, it has established tight cooperative relationships with famous universities and scientific institutes in the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Poland and other countries. In domestic,it had fixed academic exchange mechanisms with the Chinese Academy of Sciences,Zhejiang University,Beijing Normal University, Wuhan University, Nanjing University and other high-level research institutions and universities in China. The academic visiting of young talents, joint cultivation of exchange students and cooperative researches are regularly or irregularly conducted between two sides or among multiple sides. In recent years, nearly 20 teachers have gone abroadas visiting scholars to carrying out cooperative researches,the school have hosted four international academic conferences and more than 10 national-wide academic conferences in China, including the Annual meeting of the Regional Science Association of China, the Annual meeting of Human Geography of the Geographical Society of China,the Annual meeting of Consolidation and Expansion of the Achievements made in Poverty Alleviation and its effectively link with Rural Revitalization, the First National Female Geographer Conference and so on.
Looking to the future, the school will fully implement the education policy of the Communist Party of China, implement the fundamental task of moral education and talent cultivation, adhering to the motto of Hunan Normal University of“Benevolence,Love,Mastery andDiligence”, continue to deepen reform in education and teaching, close docking and service the strategic demands of national and provincial economic and social development, firmly take the connotative development path with quality improvement as the core, keep struggling to realize his goal to be a domestic first-class “School of Geographical Sciences” with a good international reputation.