School of Land Science and Technology was founded in the early 1950s as the Surveying Teaching and Research Section of the Beijing Institute of Geology. Professor Zhou Ka, a well-known geodesist in China, served as the first Head of the Teaching and Research Section. The department of Surveying and Mapping Engineering was established in 1994 and the department of Land Resources Management in 1999. The Department of Land Science and Technology was established in 2004 and upgraded to the School of Land Science and Technology in 2006. The department of land Consolidation Engineering was established in 2017.
The school has five departments: Survey and Navigation Engineering, Remote Sensing Geographic Information Engineering, Land Resources Management, Land Consolidation Engineering, and Public Policy. Jointly established the Key Laboratory of Consolidation and Rehabilitation; the Land Engineering Innovation Center; the Shanxi Key Laboratory of Resources, Environment and Disaster Monitoring; the Technology Innovation Center for Ecological Restoration in Mining Areas with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Jointly established the Subcenter for International Cooperation and Research on Lunar and Planetary Exploration and other research facilities with the Ministry of Education.
The school offers three undergraduate majors: Surveying and Mapping Engineering (including an Excellence Program), Land Resources Management (including an Excellence Program), and Land Consolidation Engineering. There are two first-level discipline post-doctoral stations (Surveying and Mapping and Public Administration), a center for post-doctoral studies (Surveying and Mapping), and four professional master's stations (Surveying and Mapping Engineering, Public Administration (MPA), Asset Evaluation, and Geological Engineering (land resources management)). The school has established discipline systems in Land Surveying and Mapping and GIS, and in Natural Resources Exploitation, Utilization, Regulation, Protection, and Management, which have become important new disciplinal growth points in CUGB. These disciplines feature Geodesy, Satellite Positioning Surveying, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Land Resources Science, Land Economics, the Scientific basis of Land Law, Earth Observation Technology, Engineering Surveying, Digital Photogrammetry, Engineering GIS, Natural Resource Investigation and Registration, Territorial Spatial Planning, Territory Rehabilitation (Ecological restoration of mountains, rivers, forests, farmland, lakes and grass) and Inefficient Land Redevelopment among other specialisms. In 2008 and 2009, Land Resources Management was rated as both a Beijing and a National characteristic major. In 2011, Surveying and Mapping Engineering was rated as a Beijing characteristic major. Also in 2011, Surveying and Mapping Engineering and Land Resources Management were selected for the provision of training programs for outstanding engineers of the Ministry of Education. In 2012, Surveying and Mapping Engineering became an experimental major for comprehensive professional reform within the Ministry of Education.
The school has 50 teaching and administrative staff, including 10 professors, 17 associate professors, and 15 lecturers. Of the teaching staff, 29 hold doctoral degrees and 2 hold master's degrees. In addition, professors teaching part-time at the school include 11 distinguished experts and scholars from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Land Surveying and Planning Institute, the Land Management Center of the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, the Surveying and Mapping Bureau of China PLA General Political Department, the University of Waterloo in Canada, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and other institutions. Within the teaching faculty, there is a reasonable distribution of age, learning-origins, and professional titles, and there is a complete and well-established range of research specialisms. The platform and innovation team of Land Utilization Engineering Technology, which was established in 2004, has laid a sound foundation for the construction of new disciplines and further improvement of the quality of teaching and scientific research. The school is currently involved in more than 100 projects in the National High-tech R&D Program (the 863 Program), the National Key R&D Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (major instrument development, key and general), the National Social Science Foundation, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Ecological Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and other ministries and commissions. The school engages in cooperative research with the natural resources departments of more than 10 provinces and cities across China. In the past five years, the school has published 22 monographs and textbooks, and more than 500 papers at home and abroad.
The school has five laboratories with advanced experimental equipment for Survey Engineering, Digital Photogrammetry, Land Information Technology, MAPGIS Engineering, and Land Utilization Engineering. It also houses the municipal experimental teaching demonstration center of Beijing College of Land Surveying and Mapping GIS Engineering, which covers an area of 500 square meters. It has a world-class UAV aerial photogrammetry system, GPS-CORS station and dynamic RTK measurement system, indoor ultra-wide band, WiFi, a video positioning and mapping system, a three-dimensional laser scanner, a ground-based interferometric radar survey meter, a measuring robot, a digital gyroscope, a total station, precision level, airborne and ground hyperspectral cameras, an ASD portable field spectrometer, a direct reading plasma spectrometer, a high-pressure closed microwave digestion system, and an HP graphics workstation, as well as a range of other instruments and equipment (a total of over 400 sets) and supporting software including GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS teaching and scientific research software, a land utilization database system, etc. The school has established eight teaching and research practice bases: the Practice Education Center of the Training Program for Outstanding Engineers of Mine Land Consolidation and Surveying Engineering of CUGB-China Coal Pingshuo Group Co., Ltd (of the Ministry of Education), the off-campus talent training base of the Beijing "Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping-CUGB, Tsinghua University, China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)", the Beidaihe Practice Teaching Base for Geological Cognition, the Zhoukoudian Practice Base for Surveying and Mapping and Land Survey, the Education and Practice base for Surveying of the Southern Company, the Fangshan Comprehensive Survey Technology Field Base of the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Land Reclamation and Ecological Reconstruction Field Base in the Pingshuo mining area, and the industry-university-research cooperation base in Jincheng, Shanxi. The Chairman Unit of No.5 Working Group of No. 4 Committee of the International Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Association and the Professional Committee of Land Utilization Engineering of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering are both attached to the school, providing strong support for the teachers and students of the school in carrying out teaching and research.
The school implements the Communist Party of China’s education policy, focusing on the fundamental task of fostering virtue through education. The school is led by the five development concepts of “innovation, coordination, environmental protection, opening, and sharing” and guided by innovation-driven development strategies. It recognizes the need to support economic and social development and aims to cultivate high-level talents in the field of territorial resources. CUGB's philosophy of "feature and high-quality" provides a guiding principle as the school actively carries out domestic and international exchanges and cooperative activities, continues to expand research fields, and cultivates inter-disciplinary talents that meet the needs of socialist modernization and construction in China.