Consistently adhering to the motto of "study diligently and work hard; improve ourselves and help others" and practicing the school-running philosophy of "human-upbringing oriented, academic advocating", both the faculty and students are striving for a distinctive research university with overall strength ranks top in China and best disciplines reaching international advanced level.
Located in Wuhan, the biggest city and transportation hub of 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 1989 by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Guangdong province, HZAU enjoys a history of 112 years. The university was entitled National Civilized Unit in 2008, 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, and is one of the top universities in Wuhan.
Covering an area of 495 hectares, the campus contains well-spaced teaching blocks and lab 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 15 colleges and departments. Featuring life science, Hua also gives much emphasis on the rational disciplinary construction of agriculture, sciences, engineering, arts, law, economics, and management. There are 8 national key disciplines, 1 in-developing national key discipline, 36 ministerial and provincial key disciplines, and 2 national talents training bases.
HZAU offers bachelor’s，master’s and doctoral degree programmes, among which there are 50 undergraduate specialties, 87 master specialties, 54 doctoral specialties. In addition, 10 post-doctoral stations has been established. HZAU is also piloting the National Project of International Postgraduates Training by High Level Experts
There are 1448 faculty members, of whom 263 are professors, 5 academicians of the Chinese Academies of Sciences and Engineering, 2 academicians of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, 1 foreign associate of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 9 distinguished professors of "Cheung Kong Scholars Program", 4 chief scientists of National Project 973, 2 current chairmen of International Academic Advisory Committee, 6 members of Discipline Evaluation Panel of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, 10 winners of National Outstanding Youth Science Foundation Award, 3 have won the title Prominent Teacher of China. Besides, there are 5 National-level Teaching Teams and 13 outstanding scientific and technological innovation teams of national, ministerial and provincial level.
HZAU boasts 4 national key (specialized) laboratories, 10 national R&D centers, 11 provincial and ministerial key (open) laboratories, 10 provincial and ministerial R&D centers, and 1 provincial humanities and social sciences research base. 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 is the only higher education institution which has obtained the title of Advanced Unit in the Implementation of the National Program "863".
HZAU has constructed 30 national top-quality courses, and the annual employment rate of college graduates has been kept at around 96% for the past few years, taking the leading position among the national colleges and universities while 30% of the graduates has entered into postgraduate schools for further study right after graduation with 60% of them specializing in the fields of professional superiority and characteristics. HZAU has produced alumni distinguished in their respective fields, among them are academicians of the two Academies, senior government officials, well-known entraprenuers. Xu Benyu is probably the most famous of them all after he received Touching China Awards in 1999 and became the model of college student of the new generation. HZAU has established exchange and cooperation relationships with over 60 institutions of 20 countries and regions such as the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Britain and France, built up joint trainning programmes with many foreign universities. In addition, there are 20 international foundations and organizations who have developed cooperation programmes with HZAU.