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Hunan Agricultural University(HUNAU), a key provincial university under the co-construction of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Hunan Provincial People’s Government, is the pioneering construction unit of the National “2011” Collaborative Innovation Center and one of the first national research institutes of new rural development as well. Graded “Excellent” in the undergraduate teaching assessment by the Ministry of Education and titled “the National Civilized Unit” and “National Civilized Campus”, HUNAU aims to become one of the domestic first-class universities in Hunan Province (Class A). Located in Changsha, a famous city bearing long history and profound culture in China, the campus covers an area of 3,414 acres, offering a quiet and attractive paradise to realize dreams for both teachers and students.

The history of HUNAU can be traced back to Xiuye Academy on October 8, 1903, where such great celebrities as Zhou Zhenlin, Huang Xing, Xu Teli, Mao Zedong were successively employed. In March 1951, Hunan Agricultural College, whose name was an inscription by Chairman Mao Zedong, was established by merging the Agricultural College of Hunan University with Hunan Provincial Xiuye Agricultural and Forestry College (originating from Xiuye Academy). In March 1994, it was renamed Hunan Agricultural University.

Supported by 20 schools or colleges, HUNAU enriches its categories of disciplines, covering agronomy, engineering, literature, science, economics, management, law, medicine, pedagogy and art. Known for the long history of postgraduate education, and especially as the first batch of master’s degree-granting units in the nation, HUNAU is now in possession of 10 post-doctoral research stations, 11 first-category doctoral degree disciplines, 20 first-category master’s degree disciplines, and 11 categories of professional master’s degree disciplines. There are 72 bachelor’s programs, two junior college education programs. There are one national key discipline, two provincial-level featured disciplines, and 16 provincial-level key disciplines. The ESI disciplines in the field of animal and plant science and agricultural sciences rank among the top 1% in the world.

HUNAU has 1,371 full-time teachers; two academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, four academicians belong to both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, two academicians of American Academy of Sciences, 827 experts with senior professional titles, and 310 doctoral supervisors. Among the teachers, there are 81 talented experts who are “young or middle-aged experts” with outstanding contributions at national level or outstanding professional talents at national level, or recipients of special allowance from the State Council, etc. There are 322 honorable teachers, including professors of “Furong Scholars” Program, province-level teacher masters, Hunan Province outstanding teachers, etc. There are two scientific and technological innovation team of the Ministry of Education, three outstanding scientific research talents and their innovative teams of the Ministry of Agriculture, six province-level innovation teams, two national teaching teams, six province-level outstanding teaching teams.

With a total of 27,570 full-time undergraduate students and 5,044 graduate students, what HUNAU has achieved is rather impressive: eight specialties admitted to experimental specialty of outstanding agricultural and forestry personnel education and training plans (first group), one national comprehensive reform pilot project, six national specialties, five national top-quality open courses, and two national experimental teaching demonstration centers, one national virtual simulation experiment teaching center, one national off-campus practice base for university students, four national agricultural science and education talents training cooperation bases, one national key construction base of vocational education teacher training, and one national agricultural master’s practice demonstration base. There were 11 national-level teaching achievement awards and One doctoral thesis was selected into 100 nation-level excellent doctoral thesis, with two more nominated. Besides, HUNAU has taken its lead in the employment rate of graduates, awarded as the model unit of graduate employment.

HUNAU has one national “2011” collaborative innovation center, three provincial “2011” collaborative innovation centers, eight national scientific research platforms and eight provincial scientific research platforms. HUNAU has won 27 national scientific and technological achievements awards, more than 500 provincial and ministerial ones. With more than 300 new varieties approved and 1400 patents granted, the selected varieties of rapeseed, rice, corn, potato, peanut, tea, grape, cotton, citrus, pig, tobacco, vegetables and other practical products have been widely promoted throughout China.

As one of the earliest colleges that hold the Sino-foreign Educational Cooperation Programs in Hunan Province, HUNAU has established close ties with over 40 universities and international institutions in more than 20 countries, including Ohio State University (in the U.S.A) Greenwich University(in the U.K), and Kagoshima University(in Japan).

Looking forward to the future, by adhering to HUNAU motto of “Sincerity, Sedulity, Practicality, and Creativity”, HUNAU will abide by the philosophy of viewing “quality as the cornerstone to establish HUNAU, academics as the root to thrive HUNAU, and talents as the key to strengthen HUNAU.”, to fully display the characteristics of “the integration of industry, teaching and research”. As a university of over 100 years, HUNAU is making unremitting efforts to improve the quality, aiming to be a first-class agricultural university in China, as well as a high-level teaching-research-oriented university with distinctive characteristics and prominent advantages. Click here to read more.