IESD seeks to integrate the multidisciplinary methodologies of natural and social sciences, viewing the environment, economy and society in a holistic fashion. IESD actively participates in UNEP organized regional and global environmental projects; focuses on the generation of new knowledge, development of leading-edge approaches, promotion of creative innovations, and novel applications of knowledge; and provides a well-rounded education to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to understand the issues involved in environment and sustainable development, and to offer innovative and practical solutions. IESD's aim is to become an important base of research, education, and information exchange for sustainable development.



The program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their academic and research experience. IESD offers courses on fundamentals of environmental science and technology, and courses on planning, management and development as well. The academic program is flexible to a large extent, tailored to the educational goals of the individual student and emphasizes problem-oriented learning, field-based learning, and systems approach to sustainability and interdisciplinary study. A research investigation producing a scholarly contribution to the particular area of study is necessary.

The program aims to educate students and prepare them for leadership roles at the local, national and regional levels on sustainable development. Students are expected to master various concepts and gain knowledge on economic progress, social systems, environmental protection and resource conservation issues. The three dimensions of human, environment and the economy form the basis of the program.


1.All the students must have "Public Compulsory Courses"


Chinese students

International students

Hours per week








Political Economics

China Outlook[2]



[1] The language courses and China Outlook last one semester. There're three levels to choose in Chinese language courses.
[2] "China Outlook" is for all foreign students. There will be 8 courses offered in English for international students to choose two by the University as follows:
1) China's Socio-Economic Development
2) The Shape and Growth of the Town & Village in China
3) Chinese History and Culture
4) Intercultural Communication
5) Sustainable Development in China
6) China's Foreign Affairs and International Relation
7) Chinese Intellectual Property Protection
8) Cultural Heritage Conservation in China

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2.Professional Courses

The following list of elective courses is not exhaustive. There are elective courses that may become available for students for students to take, and they will be announced accordingly.