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A new CAS institute on urban surroundings in the pipeline

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    Under the joint sponsorship of the CAS and municipal government of Xiamen (Amoy) City in south China's Fujian Province, the preparations for the founding of a CAS Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) is underway in this picturesque summer resort and coastal city.

    CAS and Xiamen government will jointly invest 300 million yuan ($37.5 million) to start the new institute, which is slated for operation by the end of 2008. The final scope of IUE's staff membership will be 760, including 150 permanent employees, 260 temporary staff, 300 graduate students and 50 post-docs and visiting scholars.

    The new institute's goal is to develop itself into a world-renowned research body, a national platform for the observation & monitoring network and an incubator of high-ranking researchers in the field.

    In line with the cutting-edge development in the world and aiming at meeting China's strategic demands, IUE will address main environment and ecological problems facing China's urban modernization. By conducting systematic exploration, technology development and integration and implementing comprehensive application of the theories, methods and approaches borrowed from earth sciences, biology, ecology, informatics and related technologies, the institute strives to  provide scientific grounds and key technologies for the sustainable development of Chinese cities and their clusters.

    The institute's main research priorities will cover urban ecology, environment and healthy development; management, habilitation & repair technique for urban environment; environment-harnessing engineering cycled economics; and urban planning and administration.

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