Shenyang Agricultural University (SYAU) is one of the key universities that are jointly built by local and central government in China. The University’s CPC party secretary is Chi Weiyi and the University’s president is Liu Guanglin.
SYAU is situated at the foot of Tianzhu Mountain in Shenyang east suburb with Fuling Tomb of Qing Dynasty, the world heritage, as the neighborhood. It joins the urban area of Shenyang in the west. The University occupies a land of over ten thousand acres surrounded with tranquil neighborhood, beautiful scenery and diverse ecological environment, which is an ideal place for agricultural teaching, learning and research.
SYAU’s history of teaching can be traced back to more than a century ago, when the agricultural education began to grow in China. In 1906, the Qing Dynasty set up the provincial Mukden Agricultural Institute, which later went through some historical periods and had several identities including Mukden Agricultural College, Agricultural College of Northeastern University and Shenyang Agricultural College. In 1952, the national adjustment and integration of institutions for higher education in China forged a new Shenyang Agricultural College after the original one combined with Agricultural College of Fudan University. In October 1979, the state council ratified SAC as a key college attached to the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1981, the state council authorized SAC to offer Master and Doctor Degrees. In October 1985, SAC was changed to SYAU after getting permission from the Ministry of Agriculture. Deng Xiaoping dedicated the name for the university. In 2000, SYAU stepped from a university being exclusively attached to the Ministry of Agriculture to one the of China's key universities constructed by the central and local government ensemble.
With the direction of CPC’s education guidelines and through tens of years of hard work and exploration, Shenyang Agricultural University has today turned into a teaching and research university that puts equal importance to teaching and research and has achieved coordinated development between agriculture and life science as its characteristic disciplines and other disciplines including science, engineering, economics, management and law.
SYAU has established a sound and complete system for agricultural education and research. Currently, the university consists of 6 post-doctor transient stations, 45 Doctoral programs, 115 Master's programs, 57 Bachelor programs. There are 3 national key disciplines, 3 key disciplines of the Ministry of Agriculture, 6 provincial first-class featured disciplines of higher education institutions, 22 provincial key disciplines. All the programs are distributed in 15 faculties and 4 teaching departments (center or institute) The University also has 72 scientific research institutes of national and provincial levels, including national engineering laboratories, and institutes for new countryside development research authorized by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education. 19 other laboratories and laboratory teaching centers can be found in the University.
Since the establishment of SYAU, a great number of national and international professors, scholars and lecturers have been teaching in the university. Ever since the year of 1990, 252 professors have been awarded the special government allowance under the State Council. Presently, the university has a staff of 1,562, with 1026 full-time teachers. Among the full-time teachers, there are 166 professors, 356 associate professors, 120 doctoral candidate supervisors and 445 master's candidate supervisors. A reasonable teaching team has come into shape with sound structure of knowledge and age. SYAU possesses the capacities and advantages needed for exploring and developing and the uprising, cutting-edge and interdisciplinary subjects.
SYAU now possess 1 national outstanding teaching team, 9 provincial outstanding teaching teams, 5 national featured majors and comprehensive reform pilot majors, 20 provincial featured and mainly supported majors, 2 national open and resource-sharing quality courses, 2 national excellent online courses, 22 Liaoning provincial quality courses, 4 national agricultural teaching and research cooperative talent cultivation bases that are among the first group listed for that program, 2 university student extra curriculum practical education bases, 1 experiment teaching demonstration center, 7 provincial experiment teaching demonstration center, 1 engineering practical education center, 5 university student practical education bases and 216 practical training bases inside and outside the campus.
Shenyang Agricultural University has been all the way putting priority on improving the quality of cultivating talents, attaching importance to teaching and research reform and pay efforts in developing all-around ability and innovative spirits out of students. Since its founding, Shenyang Agricultural University has already produced 110,000 graduates for the building and development of China and they have all been part of economic development and social progress in China, widely enjoying good public reputation. Currently, the on-campus students amount to 20,498, consisting of 738 doctoral students, 2,416 postgraduate students and 12,807 undergraduate students and 1437 part-time professional master’s candidates. "Comity, Diligence, Sincerity, and Innovation”, the faculties of the university have been working hard to follow the inspiring motto.
Since 2000, the University has undertaken more than 5,000 research projects of national, provincial and municipal levels.198 items received state, provincial or municipal awards respectively. 70% of research fruits have been widely extended and applied in the agricultural production, generating great economic profits. The University has set up a scientific and technological demonstration and extension network composed of bases settled in 24 towns in 10 cities of Liaoning Province, to spread scientific knowledge and technological expertise. SYAU has recommended successively 46 deputy magistrates or town administrators in charge of affairs of agricultural science and technologies.
SYAU attaches great importance to the international exchange and cooperation with world-famous universities and research institutes. So far, it has established scientific exchanges or academic links with over 40 countries and regions and built friendly cooperation relationship with 34 colleges and universities in 15 countries.
Since the beginning of the “Twelfth Five-Year Plan”, faculties and students of SYAU have all the way held a long-lasting enthusiasm and opportunity-seizing senses and achieved rapid development in all aspects through tremendous amount of effort and hard work. SYAU has been included in the national project of Building and Strengthening Basic Capacity for Universities in Central and Western Regions of China, which provides fresh momentum for the future development of SYAU. By now, the schooling condition of SYAU has been greatly improved with 17 buildings covering an area of 200,000 square meters and newly-built and well-equipped teaching and research bases put into use. The under-construction off-campus long term teaching and research bases covering an area of 4300 mu (equivalent of 28666 acres) in places like Haicheng, Liaozhong and Zhangwu have been close to completion and once they were built, they will provide guarantee for developing high-level teaching and research activities, enormously enlarging and extending the development space for SYAU.
SYAU also enjoys productive achievements in campus culture building and has put into shape the SYAU Spirit featuring perseverance, constant development, unfailing confidence, and the decisive factor of human efforts, created SYAU Speed, establishes optimal atmosphere of respecting knowledge, respecting talents and respecting science. SYAU has been awarded lines of title of honor, including “50 Model Universities and Colleges for Employment of Graduates”, “Model Family for Staff in National Education, Science, Culture and Health System”, “Unit of Excellence for Work of National Degree and Graduate Student Education Information”, “National May 1st Labor Certificate”, “Prize of Innovation for Work of CPC Building in Liaoning Province”, “Branded School for Campus Culture Building in Liaoning Province”, “Unit of Excellence for Propaganda and Ideological Work in Liaoning Province”, “Peaceful Campus of Liaoning Province”, “Advanced CPC Party Committee in Shenyang City”, “Unit of Excellence in Shenyang”, “Outstanding Contributing Unit in ‘Serve Shenyang’” and etc.
Under the new situation, SYAU is sparing no efforts to break a new ground for improving its inner capacity with focus on both talent team building and disciplines building. Shenyang Agricultural University will step forward to a more fruitful and bright future.