School of Water and Environment (formerly known as “School of Environment Science and Engineering”) has more than 60 years of development, it was officially established in the year 2003 by merging the former Xi'an Highway University, Xi'an Engineering Institute and Northwest Institute of Construction Engineering, which were founded in the early 1950s.

    School now has 138 staff, including 2 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 12 national and provincial level experts with outstanding contributions, 94 full and associate professors, of whom 34 are doctoral supervisors, and 75 are master supervisors. There are 2 post-doctoral research stations (Environmental Science and Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering), 2 first-level and 11 second-level doctoral programs, 3 first-level and 11 second-level master programs, 4 undergraduate specialties including Environmental Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Groundwater Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering.

    The School presently has 6 engineering laboratories, including 1 “national 111 Projects Base”, 1 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education, 1 key laboratories of the Ministry of Land Recourse2 key laboratories of Shaanxi Province and engineering research centers. Striving along the route of combining teaching, scientific research and school-run industries, in recent years, the school has accomplished more than 200 scientific research projects, including the national “973” and “863” key projects, the National Natural Science Foundation research projects. 60 projects were awarded national and provincial technology prizes including the first prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award. The school has accomplished more than 53 research patents, published more than 420 SCI journal papers.

    In recent year, the university has strengthened its exchange and cooperation with over 60 higher education and scientific research institutions from more than 20 countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Russia, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Australia. In recent year, the School has hosted and sponsored a series of high-level international and national academic conferences.

    After years of long exploration and practice, School of Water and Environment has evolved into an influential comprehensive higher institution in China, with Water and Environmental Engineering as its main discipline focus, combining engineering with sciences, and with multidisciplinary development in management. It has graduated thounds of different levels, mainly in the fields of land resources and environment and construction engineering. On this new historical stage, the School continues to adhere to the socialist theory with Chinese characteristics and strive along the path of connotation, characteristic and harmonious development so as to maximally improve its talent cultivation quality and build the university into a first-class tertiary institution with distinctive characteristics and remarkable strength in China.