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Yangzhou University

Yangzhou University (YZU) is a key comprehensive provincial university, who pioneered in China in the merging of institutions of higher learning. The university was established in 1992 as a merger of 6 colleges namely, Teachers College of Yangzhou, Agricultural College of Jiangsu, Engineering College of Yangzhou, Medical College of Yangzhou, Water Conservancy Engineering College of Jiangsu and Business School of Jiangsu. The history of Yangzhou University can be traced back to as early as 1902, when Mr. Zhang Jian, a renowned modern entrepreneur and educator set up the Teachers School of Tongzhou and Tonghai Agricultural School (which became part of Nantong College later). The former Agricultural School of Jiangsu and Teachers College of Yangzhou, 2 components of the Yangzhou University merger, were developed out of the agriculture section of Nantong College and of the literature and history section of Teachers College of Tongzhou respectively. The other four all had a history of more than 60 years.

(2). Discipline and programs

As one of the first among colleges and universities allowed to grant master’s and doctoral degree, Yangzhou University now has 123 undergraduate programs, 44 in primary- discipline master programs, 240 second – discipline master’s programs, 11 in primary- discipline doctoral programs, 70 second – discipline doctoral programs, 14 postdoctoral research station, as well as 14 granting rights in doctoral and master degree targeting at students for continuing education; Yangzhou University  has 6 State-level Specialized Majors, 14 State-level Key Quality Courses, 1 State-level Bilingual Teaching Demonstration Course.

(3). Academic facilities and Scientific research

Yangzhou University has 24 ministerial (provincial-level) key laboratories and engineering technology research centers, 84 research institutes and 36 teaching labs (or centers), 3 State-level Teaching Teams, 1 State-level Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center, 3 National Base for Talent Training in Agriculture, Science and Education, 20 Labs Jointly built with the Central Government. Yangzhou University covers an area of about 4,090 mu (or some 273 hectares) with a floor area of 1.17 million square meters. The University also owns experimental factories, farms, an animal hospital, an affiliated high school and affiliated clinical hospitals with a full range of modern facilities to meet the needs of teaching, research and student internships.

There are around 1,700 ongoing research projects that receive the total fund of 300 million CNY annually.

(4). Great achievements

Since the Ninth Five-Year Plan Period of the country, more than 300 research accomplishments in Yangzhou University have received awards at ministerial or provincial-level, among which, Trans-genetic Somatic Cloned Goat, the joint project with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was bulletined as the No. 1 News Report on Fundamental Research in 1999, and Precise Sequencing of Rice No. 4 Chromosome came first as the 2002 Top 10 Scientific News on S & T Progress. 6 projects have got the Second Prize in National Award for S & T Progress, and since 2002, 4 dissertations have been accredited as National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation. Yangzhou University has successfully embarked on a road to serve agricultural and rural development through combining field work, related scientific research and classroom teaching together, with northern Jiangsu as its base to engage the adjacent central and southern Jiangsu areas.

(5). Communication and international cooperation

Yangzhou University attaches great importance to international exchange and cooperation. It has set up close links and academic relations with a number of institutions of research and higher education in over 38 countries and regions. More than 100 foreign language teachers and experts and over 2500 foreign scholars have taught, delivered lectures or participated in academic exchange programs over the past few years. Over 700 faculty members have been sent abroad for academic visits, advanced studies, research cooperation or attendance at international academic conferences. Besides the exchanges at the faculty and researchers level, exchanges at the student level are developing. The number of international students in Yangzhou University is on the rise as is the number of Chinese students learning English.

Yangzhou University provides a special, well-equipped dormitory for international students, with restaurant and fitness entertainment facilities. International students can choose a single room, a double room, a triple room after they reached University. All the rooms equipped with air conditioner, attached independent toilet with shower equipment, color TV, telephone, bed with required amenities and furniture. Besides, there is a kitchen in international students’ dormitory, international students can also cook meal by themselves if they like. Students are required to pay the electricity, water and internet they use.

There are rules and regulations for accommodation, students shall read carefully after reached University.