History of the Department
1, History of the Department
School of Forestry and Resources Conservation (formerly known as the Department of Forestry, hereinafter referred to in this term) was founded at year 1925, under the name of "
At year 1945,
At the summer of year 1947 the university began to enroll new students and set up two research laboratories to start with, which were the “Afforestation Laboratory” and the “
In year 1949 Professor Fu was inaugurated as the Principal of the university; in the same time the head of the Forestry Department, Professor Zhu Huifang felt deeply that
Furthermore, due to the superior geographical conditions of the former Tokyo Imperial University Taiwan Subsidiary Experimental Forests, with contain tropical, subtropical and temperate, etc. vertical forest belts. Therefore, Professor Zhu Huifang strongly suggested to
Principal Fu to set up the
The department's development entered the new era since the building of the
In terms of in-house facilities, the wax leaf samples and fruit samples have its foundation on the collections by Professor Saburo Tanaka of the Department of Horticulture from the Japanese colonial period. The collections were then expanded through several subsequent samplings and exchange. To the present day there are more than 100,000 copies of which woody, herbaceous plants and lichens have more than 3,000 species.
It is now one of the three largest herbariums in
Furthermore, we also have seed and timber Herbarium specimen room, which contain several hundreds of seed samples and wood specimens of 600 species collected from all over
In addition, on April of year 1954, the "Taiwan's land-use and forest resources survey team" was formed by the Chinese Rural Construction Joint Commission as the chair, with the technical assistance by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Department as well as the participation by the Taiwan Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Office, Forestry Authority, the Forestry Research Institute, the Agricultural Experimental Agency as well as the collaborations by our department, to begin the work of interpreting and mapping photographs from aerial surveys, as well as carrying out ground investigations, which lasted two years. The completed statistical analysis report of these surveying then laid the foundation of studying aerial surveying in this department.
In year 1964, a graduate school was formed our department and we started to recruit graduate students for master classes. These graduate students were divided into four units, which were the “silviculture unit”, the “forest management unit”, the “forestry unit” and the “tree unit”, respectively.
In year 1967, the undergraduate division also starts to implement the unit system into the enrollment process. These units were “silviculture unit”, “forest management unit”, “forest industry unit” and the “forest vegetation unit”.
The initiation of this unit system is in reality a practice which lays the foundation of upgrading forestry research into a forestry college. In year 1974, the forestry department established its doctoral classes, and at the time it had became
In response to the need of the time, in year 1987, the “tree unit” of the graduate school and the “forest plant unit” of the undergraduate school were renamed as the “Forest Resources Conservation Unit”. Furthermore, in year 1991, the “Forest Management unit” of the undergraduate school, was renamed as the “Resource Management Unit”.
Ever since its creation, the Forestry Department has always aiming for the cultivation of outstanding forestry science and forestry-related professionals to serve the need of the time in our country. We are committed to the cultivation of talents for silviculture, resource management, forest industry, forest resource conservation.
Since year 1967, our department started to recruit students by dividing into four units. These units are “silviculture”, “resource management”, “forest industry” and “forest resources and conservation”. This makes ours as the department which has the most unit division at
The department's educational objectives in accordance with the various units are: (1) Developing professionals for the plantation and conservation of forests whom can also use biological technology to improve the quality and productivity of forests (2) Developing professionals for the planning and management of forest resources as well as the environment (3) Developing professionals whom have the knowledge of forest product industry as well as soil and water conservation (4) Developing professionals who specializes in forest biological resources and environmental protection.
2, Reason for renaming
In recent years, there is an emphasis on integration and fostering specialist professionals both in university education at home and abroad, therefore, the assortment of students into units in our department actually causes their learning to be incomprehensive, and is inconsistent with the modern trend of course consolidation. For this reason, the department carried out course-rearrangement, cancelled the unit-assortment system, as well as renamed the course, in order to enable our department’s teaching objectives to be in line with the requirements of the modern era.
1. Conform to world’s trend in environmental protection
During the 1960s, the first wave of environmental protection was mostly concentrated on the prevention of industrial waste as its objective. However over the years the problems of pollution in many industrialized countries have been put under control. A bigger problem facing humanity today is the global and intercontinental destruction of the natural environment. In 1992 the United Nations held a summit at
Industrialization and urbanization cause the majority of the world’s population living in crowded cities. In the cities of these industrialized countries, urban greeneries are provided to the public for recreational purposes as well as act as the space to let people get closer to nature
2. Integrates with the development of forestry education with various universities around the world
At present, it is of utmost importance to conserve forestry resources and the natural environment. The objectives of today’s forestry education concentrate primarily on the cultivation of professionals who specializes in forestry resource as well as environmental protection and their rational utilization.
The following table lists some domestic and international forestry-related colleges and departments. It is evident that there is a modern trend of integrating modern forestry practice and environmental education. The Forest Resources Conservation Unit and the Resource Management Unit of our department is among the first to be established in
None of the universities in mainland
There is an integration of agricultural colleges in
As the name of the related domestic and international colleges and departments suggest, there was an expansion in the content of the forestry education to include element of environmental sciences in recent years.Due to the aforementioned renaming examples by various forestry departments around the world, our department was subsequently renamed to meet the international teaching standard.
3. Correspond to the transformation in agricultural education of the university.
University education of Agricultural Science in
After WWII, the university established the
Applying biological resources and conservation technologies in order to maintain the sustainable development of biological resources and the environment has become the main direction of development for the future of agriculture education.
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