The School of Life Science has a long history in Shandong University with many brilliant achievements. In 1901, when Shandong Imperial College (formerly Shandong University) was established, there were already courses in Biology. Then the Department of Biology began in 1930. Many well-known scholars served as dean of the Department of Biology or were early graduates, who contributed to the development of the Biology program at Shandong University with their profound scientific attainments and great academic achievements. These accomplishments brought the School of Life Sciences a great reputation both at home and abroad.
Since the reorganization and opening, the School of Life Science of Shandong University has had tremendous development. In March 1996, the original Department of Biology, the Department of Microbiology, the Microbial Research Institute and other units joined to form the School of Life Science. After establishing, the School of Life Science placed the highest priority on building and improving the programs for teaching and instruction. This included strengthening the State Key Laboratory, building the doctoral and masters training programs, focusing on undergraduate teaching and personnel training, and actively developing talent both at home and abroad to lay a solid foundation for rapid development.
In recent years, the School of Life Science ranks at the top of Shandong University in undertaking major national projects, scientific and technological achievements and the quality of undergraduate education. Botany and Zoology, Biology and Biochemistry, Environmental Engineering and Ecology are ranked in the top 1% of ESI. The School of Life Science includes the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Technology, the National Glycoengineering Research Center, the Key Laboratory of Plant Cell Engineering and Germplasm Innovation of the Ministry of Education, the Shandong Key Laboratory of Animal Cell and Developmental Biology, the Shandong Vegetation Ecological Engineering Technology Research Center, the Marine Biotechnology Research Center of Shandong University, the Microbiology National Key Disciplines, the Biology doctoral degree authorization, the Fermentation Engineering doctoral degree authorization, and the Biology postdoctoral research station.
The School of Life Science is not only a national base for basic science research and education, but also a national talent training base for life science and technology. Currently there are four undergraduate majors: Biological Science, Biological Engineering, Ecology and Biotechnology, and four departments accordingly. There is also one class for the cultivation of top students in Biology. The school has five research institutes: the Institute of Microbiology, the Institute of Developmental Biology, the Cell and Genetic Research Institute, the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Ecology and Biodiversity Research Institute.
At present the School of Life Science has a team of researchers with proper age structure and knowledge. Everyone is scientifically active and well connected with academics at home and abroad. Among the 210 staff members, there are 65 professors, 41 associate professors, 4 associate research fellows, 23 lecturers, 4 research assistants and 33 full-time post-docs. Among the teachers 98.6% have a doctoral degree and 73.9% have overseas research experience for more than one year. In 2015, there were 595 undergraduate students, 462 master’s degree students, 218 doctoral degree students, and 2 postdoctoral trainers in Biology and Ecology.
The School of Life Science talent group includes 2 members of the "The Recruitment Program of Global Experts", 2 candidates of the "100-, 1000- and 10000-Talent Plan", 2 NSFC Distinguished Young Scholars, 6 State Council Experts for Special Allowance, 4 members of "The Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts", 11 members of "New Century Excellent Talents of Education Ministry", 2 Taishan Mountain Scholars, 3 Taishan Mountain Overseas Scholars, 4 Shandong Province Young and Middle-aged Outstanding Contributions Experts, and 7 Shandong Province NSFC Distinguished Young Scholars.
There are two teaching and scientific research buildings for the School of Life Science, with a total construction area of 27,000 square meters and more than 100 million yuan worth of modern biology experimental instruments and equipment. The School of Life Science has a comprehensive logistics service system, with a library, a medical stock room, equipment management room, computer and internet room, and the biological specimen room, which all provide good resources for teaching and scientific research.
Life science is one of the leading subjects of the 21st century and also the focus of development for Shandong University. It was identified as one of the first key and characteristic disciplines of "Top Disciplines Plan" in 2015. Now the School of Life Science of Shandong University has fully developed and is achieving its best results. All teachers and students are united and work hard together highlighting the positive characteristics and advantages, establishing the scientific and technological innovation, and following the road combining production, teaching and research, which will lead to building a world-class School of Life Science.