“In working toward the important goals of dual world-class university construction and developing Sichuan University into a globally leading institution of advanced scientific research and higher education ‘with Chinese characteristics,’ the College of Polymer Sciences and Engineering will not fail to live up to the expectations of Premier Li Keqiang. With its specialization in advanced polymer materials, our college is securing its place as the fourth leading polymer research institution in the world.”
Professor Fu Qiang,
Dean of the College of Polymer Science and Engineering
SCU’s College of Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE), which falls under the direct supervision of the Chinese Ministry of Education, was the first college at a Chinese university to focus exclusively on polymer science. The discipline of polymer science at Sichuan University was developed on the basis of the primary polymer major established in June 1953, which was renamed plastics engineering in 1954. Professor Xi Xu, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, et al. established the discipline at SCU.
The college comprises the State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, the Polymer Research Institute, the Department of Polymer Science, the Department of Polymer Materials, the Department of Polymer Processing, the Department of Biomedical Polymer Materials and Artificial Organ Engineering, the Chemical Fiber Institution and a Specialized Laboratory. At present, more than 2,000 students are enrolled in the college, including more than 1,250 undergraduates, 600 master students and 150 doctoral candidates. In 2017, almost 57% of graduates went on to study in China or overseas. Our graduates are in high demand and are able to secure top research posts, as well as leading positions in society.
196 faculty and staff members are employed by the college, 139 of whom are full-time teachers, including one member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, one Prominent Educator, two winners of the National One Million Talents Project, 57 doctoral supervisors, 64 professors and 68 vice professors. SCU’s material science and engineering discipline with advanced polymer materials already ranks among the top 1% in ESI rankings and is steadily developing further. The Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Liu Yandong spoke highly of our research work and encouraged us to accelerate our rate of achievement in terms of research breakthroughs and output.
Meanwhile, the discipline of polymer science at SCU is actively exploring means of intensifying its international scientific cooperation. The International Polymer Science Consultative Committee regularly invites global experts in the field to offer advice on the construction and development of the discipline. We maintain long-term cooperative partnerships with 29 overseas universities and research institutions, such as the University of Akron, Loughborough University, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Bradford, while offering a variety of programs for qualified students, including 2+2, 3+1 and 3+2 dual degree programs. We invite overseas professors to give classes to our students every July, which provides mutual learning opportunities to both our students and overseas students. In addition, Professor Philip David Coates, academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering has established the “International Micro-Processing Center for Polymer” and the “Sino-UK Institute of Advanced Materials” in conjunction with CPSE. Eight important international cooperative projects have been jointly carried out with their support. The college has launched a major research project on micro-processing of polymer nanocomposites, which paved the way for important innovations in polymer micro-processing. Our significant progress and innovative achievements have improved the quality of micro-processing and promoted China’s influence in the field of polymer science.