School of Information Engineering of China University of Geosciences (Beijing) (CUGB) evolved from the original Computer Application Department established in 1993. Following the expansion of the university and a series of major adjustments and mergers, the School of Information Engineering was officially established in 1999. Since then, the school has maintained and carried forward CUGB's fine traditions of hard work and plain living, adhering to the principle of school management featuring "characteristics and high quality", conforming to the development trends of higher education in the new era, keeping pace with the times and forging ahead in an innovative and enterprising spirit. Years of exploration and endeavor helped form clear strategies of education with peoper disciplinary structure. The school gradually developed a distinctive edge in geoscience information engineering. The goal of talent training is to cultivate "ability to put theory into practice, strong sense of innovation, and all-around development".
The school has five undergraduate majors: Computer Science and Technology, Electrical Engineering and Automation, Geographic Information Systems, Electronic Information Engineering, and Software Engineering. Geographic Information Systems is a national-level specialty. The school has a first-level discipline doctoral station, a center for post-doctoral studies in Surveying and Mapping, and four first-level discipline master’s stations (Computer Science and Technology, Control Science and Engineering, Information and Communication Engineering, and Software Engineering). These doctoral and master's stations accommodate academic and professional postgraduates and also overseas students.
The school enrolls approximately 300 undergraduates and 100 postgraduates every year. The employment prospect for graduates is good. The average employment rate in the past three years has been more than ninety-five percent. The job qualities are fine, eighty percent of the graduates are employed in state-owned enterprises, listed companies, government agencies, public institutions, or other related departments in large and medium-sized cities.
The school provides comprehensive experimental facilities, proper laboratory equipment that are well managed. Every major has its own professional laboratories, which fully meet the needs of teaching and scientific research and offer an excellent environment for cultivating high-quality informatization professionals. The school has a Demonstration Center in Beijing (for Experimental Teaching of Computers), an Innovation Base (Information Technology), a Public Laboratory for Computer science, a Network Communications and Security Laboratory, a Computer Architecture Laboratory, a Computer Assembly and Maintenance Laboratory, a Geographic Information Systems Laboratory, a Parallel Computing and Visualization Laboratory, a Software Engineering Laboratory, a Computer Graphics Laboratory, an Electronic Electricians Laboratory, an Electrical Engineering and Automation Laboratory, an Electrical Intelligent Control and Application Laboratory, a System Control Laboratory, as well as a number of other specialized teaching and research laboratories. The laboratories cover an area of 2500 m2 and is worth more than 20 million RMB. There are three jointly operating laboratories: a Microprocessor and Robot Laboratory, an Embedded System Laboratory (jointly constructed with Induk University, South Korea), and a Multi-core Computing Laboratory (jointly constructed with Intel Corporation). In addition, the school has established more than ten information technology teaching practice bases in Beijing, with many research and development units. The school actively organizes and supports undergraduates from its various majors to participate in the Asian Collegiate Programming Contest, Robotac, the National Undergraduate Electronics Design Contest, etc., where they have achieved excellent results and have been among the best in Beijing.
At present, the school has 70 teaching and administrative staff, including 5 professors and 23 associate professors and senior engineers. Nearly 90% of full-time teachers have doctorates and the staff is all within a reasonable age range. In recent years, the school has recruited a number of experts and scholars from home and abroad, enlarging the academic team, strengthening scientific research capabilities, and improving the overall level of the teaching staff. Moreover, many domestic academicians and internationally renowned professors are specifically invited to join the teaching and scientific research team, which highlights our academic edge, extends our ability to participate in all kinds of academic exchanges and greatly improves our academic level.
The school encompasses a number of distinguished research institutions, including the Institute of Geosciences and Remote Sensing Information Service, the Institute of High-resolution LiDAR and Hyperspectral Imaging, the Institute of GIS Development and Application, a Research Center for Supercomputing, a 3D Geological Printing Laboratory, a Mobile Internet Technology Laboratory, a Big Data Technology Institute, and an Immersive Virtual Earth Science Laboratory. The school is included in the National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program), the Science and Technology Support program, special projects for public welfare, special geological survey projects, special oil and gas projects, the Natural Science Foundation, and other specialized projects and tasks. It has received a number of provincial and ministerial science and technology awards, published SCI papers, the number of applied for and received authorized patents for inventions, etc.—accolades which are increasing year by year. The school has a distinctive and prominent profile in the fields of remote sensing applications, spatial analysis, land dynamic monitoring, service computing, parallel computing in geoscience, data mining, 3D geological printing, embedded software development, sensor technology, etc., and exerts extensive academic influence at home and abroad. Long-term academic exchange mechanism have been established with institutions in the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other countries and regions, significantly raising the level of academic internationalization.
The school attaches great importance to the international training of students. Every year, well-known scholars from multiple countries come to the school as participants in academic exchanges. In 2010, the college initiated the "20+20" partnership assistance program for African universities, initiated by the Ministry of Education, and at the same time launched the "2+2" cooperative education project with the University of Waterloo in Canada. Participating students study for two years in the School of Information Engineering of China University of Geosciences (Beijing) and for another two years in the University of Waterloo to obtain dual degrees from both institutions, greatly enhancing their employment prospects and improving the quality of the graduate employment.