China Agricultural University

Why Study at China Agricultural University

Brief introduction

China Agricultural University is at the forefront of Chinese modern and advanced agricultural education, originating as the Imperial Agricultural University in 1905. Generations of alumni of China Agricultural University have devoted themselves to educating agricultural professionals and other agricultural efforts. After years of development, China Agricultural University has become a multi-science research university, with bases in biological and agricultural engineering. Today, China Agricultural University is moving towards becoming a world-class agricultural university and world-famous research university.

1. History 

China Agricultural University was founded in 1905, originally named as the Imperial Agricultural University. The history of China Agricultural University can be traced back to 1905 when the College of Agriculture was founded in the former Jingshi Da Xuetang. Beijing Agricultural University (BAU) was established in September 1949 through the merging of Peking University’s College of Agriculture, Tsinghua University’s College of Agriculture and North China University's College of Agriculture. China Agricultural University was listed by the State Council as one of the Top-Six Key National Universities as well as one of the Top-Ten Key Universities for further construction and improvement. In October 1952, China Agricultural University’s Department of Agricultural Machinery, North China College of Agricultural Machinery and Ministry of Agriculture's Central Agricultural Mechanization School merged to form the Beijing Mechanized Agricultural College, which was renamed Beijing Agricultural Mechanization Institute (BAMI) in July 1953. The BAMI was listed by the State Council in October 1960 as one of the 64 Key National Universities and then renamed again as Beijing Agricultural Engineering University (BAEU) in 1985. Finally in 1995, China Agricultural University was formed by merging BAU and BAEU. The former Chinese President JIANG Zemin penned CAU’s name in Chinese calligraphy.

2. Discipline and programs

At present, China Agricultural University has 52 undergraduate majors, 171 postgraduate majors and 95 PhD majors opening to international students, meanwhile, CAU set up full-English postgraduate teaching programs which covers 12 majors in four colleges: college of Agronomy and Biotechnology, college of Humanities and Development, college of engineering and college of Economics and Management. In addition, there are English teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses opening to international students. These programs and majors are dispatched in 18 schools and Colleges which are College of Agronomy and Biotechnology;  College of Biology Science; College of Animal Science and Technology; College of Veterinary Medicine; College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering; College of Resources and Environmental Sciences; College of Information and Electrical Engineering; College of Engineering; College of Water Conservancy and Civil Engineering; College of Science; College of Economics and Management; College of Humanities and Development; International College at Beijing; School of Continuing Education; Department of Arts Education and Physical Education; Department of Ideological Education; Yantai Academy of China Agricultural University ; Beijing Construction University. 

3. Academic facilities and scientific research 

One of the most popular academic facilities at China Agricultural University is the Library. China Agricultural University Library (CAUL) is one of the most important libraries in agricultural education and research in China. The collections include both paper documents numbering more than 1.7 million volumes and over 1.47 million electronic documents. The collections emphasize agricultural science, biology and agricultural engineering. Both basic and applied researches are conducted at China Agricultural University, covering a broad area in agricultural sciences and beyond. The majority of research programs are oriented and tailored to meet the national needs for economic and social development, and centered on their potential utilization and the practical significance for the nation’s social and economic development. China Agricultural University embraces three key national laboratories, four national research centers, 18 key ministerial laboratories, six ministerial research centers, plus a number of CAU research centers. Agro-tech extension and technology-transfer remains an important focus of the university’s research efforts. CAU has, up to date, signed All-round Cooperation Agreement with eight provinces/municipalities/autonomous regions. 

4. China Agricultural University Achievement

China Agricultural University has won dozens of prizes including: a) a State Special Prize in Science and Technology Improvement; b) other 36 Prizes at national level; and c) 206 Prizes at ministerial/provincial level. These technologies have been widely applied throughout the country with great success in terms of technological advancement, economical efficiency/return and social development. On average annually a hundred of new technologies and research achievements are transferred and extended nationwide with nearly a thousand of counties benefited. China Agricultural University has five disciplines, i.e. Agricultural Science, Plant and Animal Science, Biology and Biochemistry, Environmental Science, and Chemistry, have been listed as top 1% of disciplines in the world by ESI.

5.  Communication and international cooperation

China Agricultural University has cooperative programs with 207 universities in 44 countries, such as United States, Canada, Germany, Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Australia, Russia, Israel, Ivory Coast, Guinea and etc. In recent years, CAU focus on the cooperation with many top international universities, and has successfully made partnership with Purdue University in the United States, Wageningen University in Netherlands and many others. We have undergraduate programs, exchange programs, international master programs and series of international education cooperation projects. Meanwhile China Agricultural University has established research centers with many high-level universities, and put special fund to support research projects. China Agricultural University has made good cooperation with many African high-level education institutions. We conscientiously implement the “China-Africa University 20+20 Projects”, and also established the “one-to-one” inter-school cooperation model. Our works have got positive feedback for both our and African governments.



The final information is subject to the University If there is any discrepancy!