Doctoral Programs for International Graduate Students at China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research

To enhance the internationalization and the quality of graduate education, the provision is formulated according to the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Academic Degree and Provisional Measures for the Implementation of Degree Regulations of the People's Republic of China promulgated by the State Council, Regulations of International Students Admission and Training Management jointly issued by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security, Higher Education Quality Standards for International Students in China (on Trial) issued by the Ministry of Education, as well as relevant documents released by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council and the Ministry of Education, combined with the practical circumstances of IWHR.

1. Training Objective

The objective of the international postgraduate education of IWHR is to foster top academic talents that acquire solid and broad basic theories with systematic and in-depth disciplinary knowledge of hydraulic engineering, comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the past, the present, and the development trend of the subject, along with a broad and sharp international view, strict and rigorous scientific mind, honest scientific spirit and proactive collaboration skills. Through the training, he/she is supposed to acquire the ability to carry out scientific research or undertake special technical work independently, and also be acquainted with the Chinese culture, capable of having daily conversations in Chinese and conducting academic communication in fluent English.

2. Study Duration

International Ph.D. students bear a standard study duration of 4 years, which can be relatively shortened according to their training situation, with the shortened period up to 1 year at most. In principle, graduation deferment is not allowed for international Ph.D. students. Those who have exceeded standard study duration will not receive scholarships from IWHR and their residence permit or visa will not get extended.

3. Study Programs

IWHR’s doctoral programs in English for international students are listed below:

1)      Geotechnical Engineering (081401)

2)      Hydrology and Water Resources (081501)

3)      Hydraulics and River Dynamics (081502)

4)      Hydraulic Structure Engineering (081503)

5)      Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering (081504)

6)      Hydro-Environment (0815Z1)

7)      Hydroinformatics (0815Z2)

8)      Water Disaster and Security (0815Z3)

4. Training Plan

The training plan for international Ph.D. students comprises of course study plan and dissertation research plan, which should be made under the guidance of the supervisor after discussing with the students, with instructions to the students to fill in the training plan that can be found in China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research Interim Provisions for Training of International Students of Doctoral Programs (Appendix 1). The training plan, after signed by the supervisor, should be turned in to Graduate School for filing.

5. Course Study and Credits

The courses for international Ph.D. students, which will be taught in English, comprise of compulsory courses, electives, academic and practical activities, details can be found in the course list for each program (Appendix 1). The course study requires sufficient credits to be obtained, to be accurate at least 18 credits for each international Ph.D. student.

Chinese Language and Introduction to China are compulsory courses for international Ph.D. students pursuing degrees. Students who have reached level 4 or above of Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages can be exempted from Chinese Language and Introduction to China.

6. Language Ability

International Ph.D. students who have taken full-English studies are required to reach level 3 or above of Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages.

7. Paper Publication

Before applying for a doctoral degree, the candidate must have published at least one dissertation-related journal paper that is included by SCI or EI, or at least two dissertation-related paper included by ISTP international conference proceedings. The student has to be the lead author or the second author if the lead author is his or her supervisor. The author’s first unit shall be China Institute of Water Recourses and Hydropower Research.

8. Dissertation

The dissertation research work of international Ph.D. students must meet the requirements for dissertation proposal, mid-term assessment, dissertation review, and dissertation defense.

The dissertation abstract must be written in both Chinese and English.

The dissertation defense for international Ph.D. students should be conducted referring to China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research Regulations on Doctoral Dissertation Defense for International Students.

9. Degree Conferment

The Ph.D. students who have passed their respective dissertation defenses should submit their applications for doctoral degrees to IWHR Board of Academic Degree Assessment and will be awarded doctoral degrees if their applications are reviewed and approved by the Board of Academic Degree Assessment.

10. Others

This program performs jointly with China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research Interim Provisions for Training of International Students of Doctoral Programs and other related regulations.

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