Southwest Forestry University (Chinese: 西南林业大学; pinyin: Xīnán Línyèdàxué), SWFU, is the Largest forestry university located in the southwestern part of China. Besides, it is also a comprehensive university, consisting of 18 different profession departments. It is located in Kunming city, founded by 1939.
As of February 2016, the school covers a total of 1800 acres, which covers an area of 1204.1 acres of campus, teaching experimental forest 693 acres, building area of 450,000 square meters; teaching equipment research equipment worth 123 million yuan; 72 undergraduate majors; existing school full-time undergraduate students 16451 people, 1230 people full-time graduate students.
SWFU has 1,170 staff members that include 775 instructors with 86% of whom holding a master’s degree and above. These include 350 professors and associate professors, 18 mentors for PhD candidates. Some of the professors and scholars are well-known domestically and internationally.
The university raised 253 million Chinese yuan of research funds in the past five years and won one second prize of the State Award for Science and Technology Advancement and 24 other awards for completed projects; and two first prizes of the Natural Sciences Award of Yunnan Province. More than 3,000 papers, 110 monographs and six translated monographs have been published.
The university has established cooperative and exchange ties with universities and research institutes in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam for joint research and training of graduate and undergraduate students. Base on reciprocally transferrable credit programs, SWFU has developed joint-education programs for undergraduate students based on the “2+2” models, as well as dispatching exchange graduate students for field practicum mandatory for thesis research with universities in the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Thailand, Poland and Vietnam. Joint research and training programs have been conducted in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Rare Consevation, Global Environment Facility (GEF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), MacArthur Foundation and Ford Foundation (FF).