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1928
Courses on Civil Engineering offered in National Tsinghua University

1932
Sanitary Engineering laboratory established in the Department of Civil Engineering at National Tsinghua University
 
1952
Water Supply and Sewage Engineering (WSSE) Teaching and Research Group founded in the Department of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University
 
1957
A 1,000m2 Water Supply-Drainage Laboratory built

1977
Discipline of Environmental Engineering founded in the Department of Architecture Engineering.

1981
Environmental Engineering Institute of Tsinghua University established

1984
Department of Environmental Engineering (DEE) established, offering  master’s degree program and doctoral degree program on Environmental Engineering

1986
The department building constructed, funded by the State Administration  of Environmental Protection
 

1988 

The discipline of Environmental Engineering exclusively rewarded the National Key Discipline of Environmental Engineering by the National Education Committee

1989
State Key Joint Laboratory on Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control established

1993
Sponsored by State Environmental Protection Agency, Tsinghua  Environmental Engineering Design & Research Institute established

1994
Prof. QIAN Yi gained the membership of Chinese Academy of Engineering

1995
Prof. GU Xiasheng gained the membership of Chinese Academy of Engineering

1996
The length of schooling for undergraduates shortened into four years

1997
DEE renamed to the Department of Environmental Science & Engineering (DESE)

1998
A doctoral degree program on Municipal Engineering and a master’s degree program on Environmental Science added.

2000
DESE acquired the authority for granting doctoral degree of the 1st category discipline of Environmental Science and Engineering

2001
DESE ranked No.1 in the nationwide evaluation of the discipline of Environmental Science and Engineering conducted by the Ministry of Education

2005
Sino-Italian Environment and Energy Building (SIEEB) laid a foundation  Prof. HAO Jiming gained the membership of Chinese Academy of Engineering

2006
Prof. CHEN Jining appointed as Vice President of Tsinghua University by the Ministry of Education. Prof. YU Gang appointed Dean of DESE

2007
"Environmental Engineering” of DESE elected for the 2nd time as the National Key Discipline

2008
DESE ranked No.1 in Ministry of Education’s 2nd nationwide evaluation of the discipline of Environmental Science and Engineering 

2011
School of Environment established

2012
Professor CHEN Jining was appointed as the President of Tsinghua University

2013
SOE ranked NO. 1 in Environmental Science and Engineering in the National Discipline Assessment by the Ministry of Education

2015
Professor CHEN Jining was appointed as the Minister of Environmental Protection of China
Professor HE Kebin was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering