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Brief Introduction of HUNAU

Hunan Agricultural University (HUNAU), a key provincial university under the co-construction of Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Government of Hunan Province, has been selected as one of the first national experimental units in the Research Institute of New Rural Development by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology. It has also been selected for “the Project for Basic Capacity-building of Midwest Universities”. In 2012, HUNAU was granted a first-level university status, so it is now qualified to recruit first-class undergraduate students. With a campus measuring 2.27 square kilometers and situated in Furong District of Changsha, it has been awarded the titles of “Outstanding Unit” in a national teaching evaluation carried out by the Ministry of Education, “National Civilized Unit” and “Garden Unit” by the Chinese Government. HUNAU developed from Hunan Provincial Xiuye Agricultural and Forestry College which was formed in 1903, it was renamed Hunan Agricultural College in 1951 and further renamed Hunan Agricultural University in February of 1994.

HUNAU has 20 colleges, 1 independent college and 1 graduate college. It has established itself as a comprehensive agricultural university, entitled to award degrees in the fields of agriculture, engineering, liberal arts, sciences, economics, management, law, pedagogy, medicine and the arts. Currently, the university has 10 post-doctoral research stations, and it awards doctorates in 8 first-level disciplines, master's degrees in 18 first-level disciplines. HUNAN has 1 national key discipline, 2 provincial preponderant characteristic disciplines, 16 provincial and ministerial key disciplines. Furthermore, the university has 72 bachelor's degree programs2 junior college education programs, including 17 provincial distinctive majors, and 6 national distinctive majors. The field of the plant and animal science and agricultural science enter the global top 1% in ESI disciplines’ ranking. According to the Education Ministry’s third assessment of the discipline, 4 first level disciplines, including Crop science, Horticulture, Agricultural resource and environment, Zootechny, enter national top ten. Now the university has 1 national “2011 collaborative innovation center”, 3 provincial “2011 collaborative innovation center”, 8 national scientific research platform, 45 provincial and ministerial national scientific research platform.

At present, HUNAU has an academic staff of 1255, including 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 4 Double hired academicians, 2 academicians of American Academy of Sciences, 869 professors and associate professors, 313 doctoral advisors. The student body includes 25,968 undergraduates, 459 junior college students, 4,244 masters and doctoral degree candidates.

The university has carried out an open policy when running schools. International exchanges and cooperation has been enhanced, and close relations now exist between HUNAU and more than 20 foreign universities in 10 countries, HUNAU was authorized to enroll international students in 1998

Looking forward to the future, HUNAU will adhere to the school characteristics of combination involving production, teaching and research. We will unswervingly choose the connotative development way to improve the teaching quality, and make unremitting efforts to build a high-level teaching-research university with distinctive characteristics and prominent advantages.