The Institute of Recycling Economy (IRE) at Beijing University of Technology was founded in April 2005. It is an interdisciplinary body committed to the research in fields of resources, environment and recycling economy. The former president of BJUT, the vice-chairman of Chinese Association of Science and Technology, then standing member of CPPCC, academician Zuo Tieyong serves as the honorary president of IRE. Academician Li Jingwen, a member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the honorary dean of School of Economics and Management at BJUT, acts as the director of academic committee of IRE. Several well-known scholars are hired to be the members of the academic committee.
Currently recycling research has a team consists of more than 50 part time and full time teachers, including academicians, professors, associate professors and assistant professors. All of the full time teachers who take part in the research have their doctorate degrees. In 2006, IRE was awarded “Beijing Talents of Best Colleges Innovation Prize” in the campaign of “building theoretical and technological support for recycling economy with Chinese characteristics”. In 2007, IRE took the lead in adding a new field of recycling economy in master’s degree program of “population, resources and environmental economics”. In 2008, the cross-discipline of “resources, environment and recycling economy” was approved as a key discipline of Beijing. In 2010, IRE together with College of Materials Science was approved by the Ministry of Education to offer a major in “resource recycle science and engineering” recruiting undergraduates. In 2012, IRE was approved by the Ministry of Education to offer the first major in”cross-discipline of resource environment and recycling economy” recruiting postgraduates and doctorate degree students.
The Institute of Recycling Economy at Beijing University of Technology has led dozens of important projects, such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing Natural Science Foundation, the National 863 Program, National Science and Technology Support Program, Chinese Academy of Engineering Program, Development Research Center of the State Council Program, National Development and Reform Commission Program and etc. Meanwhile, hundreds of academic papers have been published in the leading academic journals, including Science Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Science and Technology, China Environmental Science, Journal of Metals. The Institute of Recycling Economy at Beijing University of Technology had published the first Research Series Books on Recycling Economy in China and more than 10 academic books. It holds more than 10 national patents and won dozens of national and provincial awards. In addition, The Institute of Recycling Economy at Beijing University of Technology has carried out a large numbers of social work providing technical supports and consultations for relevant provinces, cities, enterprises and various ministries under the State Council.
The Institute of Recycling Economy at Beijing University of Technology has made extensive contacts and communications with universities and research institutions in such countries as United States, Germany, Japan, Denmark, Russia, Canada, etc. And it has carried out in-depth academic research with Columbia University. Moreover, it has been invited to attend many international meetings and give speeches at “Social Technology Forum (STS) in Japan”, the Boao Forum for Asia, “Sino-German economic and technical cooperation forum”,”21st Century Economic Outlook Seminar on EU – China academic research and the development of relations”and etc..
The Institute of Recycling Economy at Beijing University of Technology is becoming a first-class research body in recycling economy and it is well-known both at home and abroad. It is recognized as a research base for cultivating high-caliber talents with strategic visions and research capabilities in various cross disciplines to serve Beijing and China.