The Ministry of Education recently announced the selection list of national and provincial first-class undergraduate majors in 2020, and the theoretical and applied mechanics and geological engineering majors of the School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics were selected into the list of national first-class undergraduate majors in 2020. This is an important stage construction achievement of undergraduate education and teaching in the first year of the 14th Five-Year Plan, and it is also a new starting point of first-class undergraduate education.
In this selection of national first-class specialty construction sites, the leadership team of the college attached great importance to it, arranged and deployed related work, and promoted it in an orderly manner. The College has held many enlarged meetings of the Teaching Steering Committee, and conducted special discussions on the declaration of first-class professional construction sites. In the first half of 2020, under the leadership of professional leaders and department heads, professional teachers actively participated in the compilation of data and the writing of application forms. By the end of 2020, after full preparation and follow-up efforts, theoretical and applied mechanics and geological engineering were selected as national first-class professional construction sites. So far, all three majors of the college have been selected into the first-class professional construction list (civil engineering major was selected as the first-class professional construction site in Gansu Province in 2019), which shows that the college's undergraduate education results and professional construction have been widely recognized by the society.
For a long time, the School of Mechanics of the Institute of Civil Engineering has adhered to the undergraduate talent training concept of "thick foundation, wide caliber, strong practice and emphasis on innovation", strengthened the training of students' basic theories such as mathematics and mechanics, adhered to the combination of teaching and scientific research, attached importance to practical teaching, actively explored the training mode of large-scale talents, and focused on the cultivation of students' innovative spirit and ability, and achieved positive results. In terms of specialty construction, theoretical and applied mechanics is a national specialty, a provincial base for training basic scientific research and teaching talents, a provincial base for training top-notch students in basic disciplines, and geological engineering is a Gansu specialty. The college has a strong faculty, with nearly 90 faculty members, including 68 full-time teachers. It has the innovation research team of Changjiang Scholars of the Ministry of Education, the teaching team of national quality engineering, the national innovation research group, and the innovation talent introduction base, etc. In addition, there are also a group of teachers with national first-class registered structural engineers, national registered supervision engineers, national registered geotechnical engineers, national registered consulting engineers (investment) and national metrological certification/examination and accreditation assessors.