The predecessor of the College of Plant Protection was Plant Protection research and teaching section, which was established along with the founding of Chinese Academy of Tropical Agriculture in 1954. The College of Plant Protection founded in 1999 as a part of the former South China University of Tropical Agriculture, and renamed as the College of Environment and Plant Protection in 2005, and renamed as College of Plant Protection in 2019. Following the merge between the former South China University of Tropical Agriculture and the former Hainan University, the college has been being a part of Hainan University from 2007. As the original researching and teaching base of Tropical plant pathology and tropical entomology, several distinguished scientists have worked and dedicated in the college, such as Dajing Lu (plant pathologist, mycologist), Qiwei You (an entomologist, one of the founders of entomology in china), and etc.
The college has 58 full-time teachers. Three academic departments are divided including Department of Plant Pathology, Department of Agricultural Insects, Department of Pesticides. The College of Plant Protection has more than 10 experimental teaching platforms equipped with modern equipment and instruments, worthy of RMB 48.60 million, among them more than 300 equipment and instruments are worth over RMB 10,000.
The College of Plant Protection launches a PhD Program of first-class discipline in Ecology and second-class discipline in Microbiology. There are 6 master programs for academic degree including Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Agricultural Insects and Pest Control, Forest Protection, Silviculture; and 2 master programs for professional degree in agricultural extension including Plant Protection and Forestry. There are 3 undergraduate programs including Plant Protection, Plant Protection (pesticide direction), Quality and Safety of Agricultural Products. Plant Protection is a provincial key discipline. Plant Pathology, Agricultural Insects and Pest Control, and Ecology are key disciplines of Hainan University.
Quality projects of teaching
National and provincial characteristic major: Plant Protection.
Provincial level teaching team: Tropical Crop Pathology.
Provincial level distinguished courses: General Entomology, Ecology, and Tropical Plant Pathology.
Collegiate distinguished (key) courses: General Plant Pathology, Tropical Crop Entomology, Plant Chemical Protection, and Agricultural Microbiology.
Research and teaching platforms
There are 13 research and teaching platforms: Key Laboratory of Sustainable Utilization of Tropical Biological Resources in Hainan Province (the cultural base of national key laboratory jointly sponsored by Hainan province and Ministry of Agriculture), Key Laboratory of Green Prevention and Control of Tropical Plant Diseases and Pests (Ministry of Education), The first batch of Pilot Units of National Education and Culture Project for Distinguished Talent in Agriculture and Forestry (the type of Excellence and Innovation), Ministry of Agriculture’s Regional Appraisal Laboratory on Agricultural Produce Safety Risk, Qualified Unit of Ministry of Agriculture for Pesticide Registry and Effectiveness Test, Hainan Center for Tropical Crop Pest Monitoring and Control, Biological Diversity Laboratory of Hainan University and the International Rice Research Institute, etc.
Practical platforms for students
The college has established extramural bases for teaching, scientific research, practice and employment with collaboration of approximately 30 famous enterprises and scientific research institutes, including Jiangsu Rotam, Shenzhen Noposion, Shanxi Norsyn, Guangxi Tianyuan, Guangxi New Victory, Hainan Zhengye, Hainan Miaolong, Hainan Oasis, White Sand Gate sewage disposal factory, Environment and Plant Protection Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, etc.
Research projects and relative achievements
Currently more than 50 projects are ongoing, including national “973 projects”, national “863 projects”, projects from National Natural Science Foundation of China, and projects from Ministry of Sciences and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, and Hainan Province. The total value of grants is more than 30 million RMB. In recent 5 years, more than 720 papers have been published in SCI, national core journals, more than 20 patents have been approved, and more than 50 monographs and textbooks have been published.
Campus culture and the development of students’ comprehensive quality
Student organizations: the Association of Plant Protection, the Association of Insect Fans, Study Club of Foreign and Chinese Culture Classics, and Insect Pet Workshop, etc.
Famous activities for campus culture: series of activities of the union of college and enterprises, practical classes for students’ innovation and startups, competitions of professional skills, classes for development of professional managers in agricultural goods industry, classes for the cultivation and improvement of leadership and management capability for student leaders, classes for graduate entrance test , classes for employability improvement, morning reading activities, evening jogging, Chinese classics reading, training classes for public speaking, forums of professors in the College of Environment and Plant Protection, National Day evening gala for new students, new students’ talent competition, and adult ceremony for the youth at 18 years old, etc.
In recent years, the party branch, Youth League Committee, and the student union of the college obtained many awards including May Fourth Red-Banner Youth League Committee in Hainan, advanced team of undergraduate volunteers for summer social practice in Hainan province, advanced Communist Party branch of Hainan university, distinguished student union of Hainan university, etc. The college students were awarded many championships at national and provincial level in “Challenge Cup” competition of extracurricular sciences and technology and in the competition of startup plan, etc.
Career development (job market and further study)
In recent years 90% of students get their first job after graduation and the ratio of employment ranks among the highest in Hainan University. In 2011-2014, the employment ratio of students ranked either the first or the second in the university, and the college was awarded as a “Model Unit” of the university for student employment. More and more students go to graduate schools and go abroad to pursue further study. In 2011-2014, 224 students in total have entered “985” universities, “211 project” universities, and Chinese academy of Sciences for graduate study. Among them, 95 students entered directly into prestigious universities without entrance test, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, and 15 students joined Wageningen University in Netherlands, University of Arizona in USA, and University of Nottingham in UK.
Looking ahead, the college of Plant Protection will adopt the motto of Hainan University, “The sea refuses no river, only the right way makes people go far”, and promote “the spirits of two institutes”, “strive, sacrifice, cooperation, innovation”, take talent cultivation as a central task, strengthen its intrinsic growth, advance its education quality and research capacity, improve the quality of talent cultivation and social services, cultivate excellent and innovative leading figures, work together and go forward boldly to keep and strengthen our advantages in the field of tropical plant protection, strive to develop it into an advanced teaching and research institute among peers in tropical area throughout the world.