Sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China, the Advanced Education Programs are designed to foster disciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate education for high-end business officials and managerial personnel from the developing countries. Fully conducted in English, these programs include one-year and two-year master’s programs as well as three-year Ph.D. programs for potential candidates working in the fields of government, trade, foreign affairs, agriculture, technology, education, culture, and health in order to build the professional capacity and facilitate the social-economic development of these countries. The candidates may be administrators, researchers, and managers. Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree, relevant working experience, and adequate health for the intensive training and research engagement.
Established in 2008, the program is playing increasingly significant roles in the economic development and international cooperation between recipient countries and China.
The Ministry of Commerce began to found the Master’s Program in Forest Economics and Policy in Beijing Forestry University (BFU) since 2017 aiming to training more high-end business officials and managerial personnel of forestry sector from the developing countries. It is also hoped that by pursuing the programs and acquiring the degrees, participants will be able to build a successful career and prosperous life.
2) Prospective students
Prospective students for the Forest Economics and Policy Program hosted by Beijing Forestry University include government officials in charge of forestry, agriculture, resource and environmental management, as well as other relevant personnel from both public and private sectors of the recipient countries. We also welcome applications by mid- or senior-level managerial staff from agricultural or forestry enterprises, junior fellows of higher education and research institutions, and recent college graduates with academic backgrounds in economics, management, forestry, natural resource management, and environmental conservation.
This program is to foster high-end, interdisciplinary and practical professional graduate education in politics, economy and trade, diplomacy, agriculture, science, education, culture and health, energy, transportation and public administration.
4) Admission Plan
Major: Master in Forest Economics & Policy
Under the admission category of forestry economics, we offer professional programs in: forestry economic theory and policy; forest resource & environment economics; forestry regional sustainable development; international trade in forestry products
Number of students to be recruited: 25
Language of instruction: English
Program duration: Two years
5) Financial aids
(1) Exemption from tuition fees, teaching materials and materials fees, research and investigation fees, English teaching subsidies, and graduation thesis guidance fees;
(2) Free on-campus housing;
(3) Giving living allowance: Master's degree 36,000 yuan/person/year;
(4) A one-time resettlement fee of 3,000 yuan/person;
(5) Comprehensive medical insurance in China;
(6) Free round-trip international airticket: one round-trip international airtickets and one round-trip air tickets especially for returning home to visit family.
(7) All degree students are required to participate in the annual review, and those who achieve the academic performance assessment can continue to enjoy the full scholarship in the second year.
(8) Other expenses are managed by the Ministry of Commerce or the university and are not distributed to the students. The Ministry of Commerce only provides funding for students within the academic system. The student who delay graduation for some reason will not be eligible for further financial aid.
Located in Haidian district of China’s capital Beijing, Beijing Forestry University is a national key university under joint administration of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the State Forestry Administration (SFA).
The history of BFU can be dated back to 1902. It was originally known as the Forestry Section of the Agriculture Department of the Imperial University of Peking (Jingshi Daxuetang). During the nationwide restructuring of higher education in 1952, the Forestry Department of Beijing Agricultural University and that of Hebei Agricultural Institute were combined to set up a Beijing Forestry College (BFC). Following the merging of the Landscape Architecture Department of Beijing Agricultural University and the Architecture Department of Tsinghua University in 1956 into it, BFC was designated in 1960 as a key national university. In 1981, BFU became one of the first universities entitled to confer doctorate and master degree. The name of the university was changed in 1985 to the present Beijing Forestry University.
Featured in forestry, biological sciences and forestry engineering, BFU is a multi-disciplinary national key university that runs programs with an extensive coverage in agriculture, science, engineering, economics, management, humanities, law, and philosophy.
According to the fourth round of national discipline evaluation, forestry and landscape architecture, two first-class construction disciplines, are ranked at A+ grade.
Currently, BFU is composed of 15 schools and colleges, offering 50 undergraduate programs, 87 master’s programs, 33 PhD schemes and 7 post-doctoral research stations.
By December 2017, BFU had 27657 full-time students on campus. BFU possesses 1,195 teachers, 310 of whom are professors and 555 associate professors, three academicians from Chinese Academy of Engineering.
BFU has strong capabilities in researching and technological platform building and has achieved significant success: There are 42 national and provincial key laboratories, engineering centers and field stations. Since 2011, BFU has published 3734 papers as the first author in SCI and 2045 papers in EI. BFU has obtained research funds of 1.416 billion yuan by undertaking national key research and development programs, national science and technology support programs, "863" programs, national natural science foundation key projects and other major science and technology planning topics.
BFU is committed to international collaboration and open education. Partnerships have been established between BFU and over 190 higher education institutions, research institutes or Non-government organizations from more than 30 countries and regions to carry out cooperative endeavors in education and research. Nowadays, there are 270 students from 67 countries abroad in pursuit of bachelor’s, master’s or doctor’s degree studies or language learning in BFU. By the end of 2018, the university has already accumulatively cultivated more than 2,000 International students.
Aimed at establishing a prominent university and enhancing education proficiency, BFU is so far endeavoring to develop itself into a world-class forestry university rooted in China.
2) The Organizer
The M.S. program is administered by the Department of Agriculture & Forestry Economics and Management of BFU’s School of Economics & Management. The Department was established in 1959, with the academic credentials and authorities to offer M.S. and PhD degrees in the general area of Agriculture& Forestry Economics and Management, covering four specific disciplinary fields of Forestry Economics & Management, Agriculture Economics and Management, Forestry Resource Economics & Management, Ecosystem Conservation & Management. Forestry Economics and Management is a primary discipline designated by the national and municipal governments, Forest Products Trade and Ecosystem Conservation & Management are priority disciplinary areas for development approved by the State Forestry Administration. The Department also hosts a post-doctoral research station of Forestry Economics & Management and operates an integrated network of research and teaching labs and other facilities.
The Department has 48 faculty members, among which 19 are professors and 20 associate professors. Many possess overseas study and/or research experiences. The faculty is renowned for its high-quality teaching and research, as well as leading roles in professional societies and services.
The six priority research directions of the Department are: Forestry Economics & Policy, Natural Resource & Environment Economics, Forest Industrial Economics & Trade, Forest Resource Accounting and Asset Management, Ecosystem Conservation & Management, and Community Forestry and Sustainable Development. From 2012 to 2015, the Department’s total research funding topped 10 million RMB annually, with projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation, the National Social Science Foundation, MOE’s Humanity and Social Science Foundation, the National Social Science Research Program, and other national agencies and international organizations. Many of the projects and publications have been selected for awards at the national, provincial, ministerial level or by national professional societies.
Working with the State Forestry Administration and other national and provincial authorities, the Department has established multiple research and service branches, such as the Rural Forestry Reform & Development Research Center, the Ecosystem Conservation Research Center, the National Forestry Budgeting Assessment Center, and the Natural Resource & Environment Auditing Research Center. It has become a prominent think tank for national forestry development strategies and policies and ecological restoration and management.
Moreover, the Department has made great progress in promoting international cooperation. It has 1+1 joint Master’s programs with Australian National University and Michigan State University, summer study abroad programs jointly offered with University of Oxford and North Carolina State University. Each year the Department invites 8-10 internationally renowned forest economics policy scholars from abroad to give lectures or offer research seminars at BFU. The Department has organized or sponsored several national and international conferences and workshops in recent years, including International Forum on China Forestry Economics, Fifth Faustmann International Seminar, Ministry of Commerce’s Training Workshop for Forestry Officials from Developing Countries, and East Asia Wildlife Conservation Policy Research Forum. The Department also offers an MA program of Forestry Economics and Policy for the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation, with courses being delivered in English. Currently there are 70 overseas students enrolled in the Department’s regular graduate programs or short-term bilateral exchange programs.
3) Campus and facilities
Beijing is hot and rainy in summer and cold and dry in winter. The annual average temperature is 10°Cto 12 °C. -7°C to -4°C in January, 25°C to 26 °C in July.
With a 703–acre campus, BFU is equipped with a modern 23,400 m2 library of 1,845,500 books and a digital network with 48,900 GB of documents and 58 databases. In addition, it has a 11,627-acre experimental forest in the outskirts of Beijing, a 3,002-acre comprehensive teaching and research field site in Cangzhou (Hebei Province), and a northern demonstrative forest in Pingquan (Hebei Province), a southern demonstrative forest in Jiangle (Fujian Province), a research and experimental site of public forests in Langxiang Forestry Administration (Heilongjiang Province), and a research and teaching state forest farm in Badaling (Beijing).
A sophisticated and integrated network has been set up to support overseas students in their academic activities. There are a national Virtual simulation experiment teaching center, a forestry economics & policies dynamic simulation experiment system. we also have practical teaching base in Hubei Taizishan Forestry Administration. School facilities include 400m2 multi-functional reference room and English reference room, with more than 20,000 books, 216 journals, more than 2000 dictionaries. We have a reading room reserved for international students with￥100,000 worth of books. An 80m2 workroom with 45 standard seats and other necessary facilities are also reserved for international students.
Accommodation：Single room .
The dorm is located in the south of campus Gym with air-conditioners, refrigerators, , wardrobes, desks, TVs, Internet, shared bathrooms and kitchen etc.
All kinds of facilities and devices are in readiness, such as the gym, basketball court, football field and so on. There are 7 canteens, including a Muslim canteen. The average price of a meal is about 10 yuan.
The campus hospital provides all-round medical services to international student, who are also guaranteed with year-round medical insurance. So students here can enjoy a wonderful learning environment and have a colorful campus life.
1) Curriculum Arrangement
Students need to have at least 31 credits to partially fulfill the requirements of the M.S. program. Included are 26 credits for coursework and 5 credits research and other academic activities (2 for research seminars and presentation, 1 for thesis proposal, and 2 for field study and training). Of the 26 credits for coursework, 20 are from required courses and 6 from elective courses. All courses should have been taken prior to the fourth semester, which will be devoted to thesis research. Courses offered are as follows:
Public courses Module
China’s National Conditions
Fundamental Economics courses Module
Resources & Environment Economics
Degree courses Module
Wen Yali, Jiang Xuemei
Forestry technology courses Module
Forestry Technology Frontier
A professor from BFU
Specialized optional courses Module
(at least 6 credits required)
Econometrics and statistics software
Li Lingchao, Li Qiang
Frontier Topics in Forestry Economics and Policies y
Modern Forestry Management
Gong Peichen, Xie Yi
International Trade in Forest Products
Topics in Forestry Finance
Note: There are two evaluation methods: exam and assessment, with the former including open-book test and closed-book test, while the latter referring to term paper, survey report and other means of appraisal.