Located in Wuhan, the biggest city and transport hub in Central China, Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) is a national key university of Project 211 directly under the Ministry of Education.
With a history tracing back to Hubei Farming School founded in 1898 by Zhang Zhidong, then governor of Hubei and Hunan provinces, HZAU enjoys a history of over 120 years. The university was given the title of National Civilized Unit in 2008 and 2011, and was ranked 11th in the nation among the 72 MOE universities in the latest Performance Appraisal in Higher Education by China's MOE National Institute for Education Research. It is one of the top universities in Wuhan.
Covering 495 hectares, the campus contains well-spaced teaching blocks and laboratory buildings and is surrounded on three sides by clear lakes and backed by green hills, making it an ideal place for teaching and research.
HZAU consists of 18 colleges and departments. Featuring life science, HZAU also gives much emphasis to the rational disciplinary construction of agriculture, sciences, engineering, arts, law, economics and management.
There are more than 2,600 faculty members, of whom 312 are professors, four academicians of the Chinese Academies of Sciences and Engineering, two academicians of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and one foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.
HZAU has six national key (specialized) laboratories, four national research and development (R&D) centers, 19 provincial and ministerial key (open) laboratories, 24 provincial and ministerial R&D centers, and two provincial humanities and social science research bases. Significant results have been achieved in the fields of hybrid rapeseeds, green super rice, lean swine, animal vaccines, high-quality citrus, potato microtuber and transgenic cotton.
HZAU has constructed 32 national top-quality courses, and the annual employment rate of college graduates has been kept at around 94% for the past few years, taking the leading position among national colleges and universities, while 30 percent of graduates have entered postgraduate schools for further study right after graduation, and 60 percent of those are specializing in the fields of professional superiority and characteristics. HZAU has produced alumni distinguished in their respective fields, among whom are academicians of the two national academies, senior government officials and well-known entrepreneurs.
HZAU has established exchange and cooperation relationships with over 150 institutions in 40 countries and regions such as the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Britain and France, and has developed joint training programs with many foreign universities. In addition, there are 20 international foundations and organizations that have developed cooperation programs with HZAU.
Address: 1 Shizishan St, Hongshan district, Wuhan, Hubei province
Official website: http://www.hzau.edu.cn/en/HOME.htm (English)