Northwest A&F University

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Northwest A&F University
Logo of Northwest A&F University.jpg
Motto 诚朴勇毅
Motto in English
Be honest, modest, brave and resolute
Established 20 April 1934
Type National University
Endowment 358 million RMB (research only,Year 2012)[1]
President Professor Qixin Sun(孙其信)
Students 28964[2]
Location Yangling, Shaanxi Province, P.R.China
Campus Urban, 3,944,638 m²(3.94 km²)
Colors Green
Nickname 西农(pinyin: xī nóng)
Website or
Northwest A&F University
Traditional Chinese 西北農林科技大學
Simplified Chinese 西北农林科技大学

Northwest A&F University (NWAFU, A&F referring to Agriculture and Forestry; simplified Chinese: 西北农林科技大学; pinyin: Xīběi Nónglín Kējì Dàxué; traditional Chinese: 西北農林科技大學), is a national key university located in Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Industries Demonstration Zone, Shaanxi Province, P.R.China. The university has an old and abandoned name called Northwest Sci-tech University of Agriculture and Forestry, NWSUAF for short, which is still kept in the domain name of the university's official website.

The history of Northwest A&F University can be dated back to 1934 when National Northwest Senior College of Agriculture and Forestry (simplified Chinese: 国立西北农林专科学校; traditional Chinese: 國立西北農林專科學校) was established by Ministry of Education, Republic of China based on an act drafted by Tai Chi-Tao, General Yang Hucheng and Yu Youren in 1932. This was the first national senior college with speciality on agriculture field in the north-west of China and was also the only independent senior college of its kind.[3] Yangling, where the university is located, is believed as the birthplace of Houji, God of Abundant Harvests,[4] and is the area where he taught people how to grow and harvest cereals. Since 1934, 7 academic institutions or universities resided here gradually and it is reputable as Town of Agriculture Sciences. Many achievements have been made by university, such as wheat cultivars Biman 1 (by Zhao, Hongzhang)[5] and Xiaoyan 6 (by Li, Zhensheng)[6] which were dominant wheat cultivars in Yellow River-Huai River Wheat Growth Area and significantly increased wheat quality and yield. The Ministry of Education and Shaanxi Province Government proposed to merge the 7 scientific organizations to 1 new University and finally get approved by State Council in 1999, thus establishing Northwest A&F University.

The university expanded rapidly and has Top 3 research and teaching quality in China’s agriculture universities [7] and is a member of “Project 985” club which is an organization of 39 reputable universities in China. Northwest A&F University's research achievements are dominant in the fields of agriculture biology including wheat breeding, entomology, agriculture resource management, horticulture, plant protection, food science(especially in Enology), forestry and veterinary. Besides, the university is also reputable in agricultural water conservancy, agriculture economics and management, agriculture mechanics and information engineering and ancient agricultural history research.The university has an annual income of around RMB 1.72 billion (around £ 172 million) in 2011,.[8] By April 2013, the university has 1661 teachers and 28964 students.[9]

Northwest A&F University provides courses covering agriculture, forestry, engineering, natural science, medicine, management and economy etc. to both native and international students. These courses are provided by 23 academic colleges. Students can choose one college to register and pursue their honour degrees at different levels including Bachelor, Master and PhD. Studentship and scholarship from governments and organizations are available to help students finish their studies.

Brief History[edit]

Origins and Re-Organization[edit]

Northwest A&F University was established on September 11, 1999 by merging 5 scientific research institutions and 2 universities in Yangling, Shaanxi Province, namely

  1. Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences,
  2. Institute of Water Resource Sciences (Northwest China), Ministry of Water Resources of China
  3. Shaanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  4. Shaanxi Academy of Forestry
  5. Institute of Botany (Northwest China), Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shaanxi Province
  6. Northwest Agricultural University and
  7. Northwest Forestry College.

The 7 members involved in re-organization were very close to each other historically. Northwest Agricultural University has the biggest area and the longest history out of 7 members and are the origin of Institute of Water Resource Sciences (Northwest China) and Northwest Forestry College. Her history can be dated back to 1934(Year 23 in Minguo calendar) when National Northwest Senior College of Agriculture and Forestry (the predecessor of Northwest Agricultural University) was founded by the Senior Politician of Kuomintang Mr. Yu Youren, Kuomintang veteran member Tai Chi-tao, Kuomintang General Yang Hucheng .In 1937 and 1938, the Senior College merged with College of Agriculture of National Northwest Associated University and Department of Animal Husbandry in College of Agriculture of National Henan University (河南大学) respectively, then was renamed as National Northwest Agricultural College. Meanwhile, Department of Water Conservancy of National Lanzhou University (兰州大学) joined the College. Following the establishment of P.R.China in 1949, "National" was deleted from the College name although it remains a government funded academic school. In 1952, Department of Agricultural Water Conservancy was partially given to Xi'an Jiaotong University (西安交通大学) under the order of The State Council. 2 years later, the remained Department of Agricultural Water Conservancy became an independent academic institution which is the mold of Institute of Water Resource Sciences (Northwest China). In 1979, Northwest Forestry College came out to be an independent school from Department of Forestry in Northwest Agricultural College. In 1985, with the approval of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fishery, the University name changed to be Northwest Agricultural University.
Other institutions have relatively shorter history. Institute of Botany (Northwest China) became an independent academy from Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (founded in 1956) in 1965. In 1980, Shaanxi Academy of Forestry got separated from Shaanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences (founded in 1952).

The State Council agreed to merge 7 organizations as new Northwest A&F University[10] in a reply to the proposal drafted by Ministry of Education and Shaanxi Province Government. A financial budget of 600,000,000 RMB was granted as start fund and further investment plan as well as related issue such as reshuffle were also briefly stated in this official reply. On 11 September 1999, a central government delegation lead by Vice Premier Li Lanqing attended the opening ceremony and made the announcement.

List of Presidents[edit]

Chancellor/Communist Party Committee Secretary since new A&F(1999)

1999.9-2003.8 Mr. Chen, Zongxing (陈宗兴
2003.8-2011.1 Professor. Sun, Wuxue (孙武学)
2011.1-present Professor Sun, Qixin (孙其信)
Communist Party Committee Secretary of A&F
1999.9-2003.8 Professor Sun, Wuxue (孙武学)
2003.8-2013.5 Mr. Zhang, Guangqiang (张光强)
2013.5-present Dr. Liang, Gui (梁桂)

Academic Colleges[edit]

The university is composed of 23 academic faculties(colleges, schools or departments) including Institute of Water and Soil Conservation, and Institute of Ideological and Political Education. These colleges, departments and schools are in charge of undergraduate studies, offering 3,000 courses. All of them are as below.
College of Agronomy (Academy of Agricultural Sciences)
College of Horticulture
College of Plant Protection
College of Forestry (Academy of Forestry)
College of Animal Science and Technology
College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Life Sciences
College of Enology
College of Sciences
College of Information Engineering
College of Mechanical and Electric Engineering
College of Water Resources and Architectural Engineering
College of Food Science and Engineering
College of Natural Resources and Environment
College of Economics and Management
Innovation Experimental College
College of Humanities
International School
Department of Foreign Languages
Department of Physical Education
College of Vocational and Adult Education
Institute of Water and Soil Conservation
Institute of Ideological and Political Education

Campus and Students Life[edit]

The University urban area is around 3.94 km², covering two main campuses: North Campus and South Campus. Besides, Institute of Water and Soil Conservation, College of Food Science and Engineering and College of Water Resources and Architectural Engineering have their own independent campuses for administrative affairs and research respectively. A 3D virtual campus map of A&F has been generated and its website is

Generally, South Campus is mainly served for senior undergraduates from College of Agriculture, College of Horticulture, College of Forestry, College of Water Resources and Architectural Engineering, College of Resource and Environment and College of Economics and Management. All students from International School, most of postgraduates, undergraduates from Department of Arts (Landscape Arts Design) and all students from College of Vocational and Adult Education also live and study in South Campus. Although North Campus is mainly for undergraduates of other colleges, some postgraduates move to North Campus for their research since they become the 2nd year students.

The Museum Garden (a collection of 5 museums including insects, animals, plants, soil and China's agricultural history) is located beside South Campus. The Insects Museum holds the most extensive collection of butterflies in China's Universities. This garden is also the greatest Agriculture-themed museum area in China.

A&F provides convenient sports facilities to her staffs and students. Across the campuses, there are 12 tennis courts, 1 indoor stadium, 2 outdoor stadiums, 1 arena for volleyball and basketball, 2 outdoor swimming pools, 48 outdoor basketball courts, 28 outdoor volleyball courts, several badminton courts and 143 outdoor tables for Ping-Pong. Students' basketball team and volleyball team gains reputation for University in sports competition with other fellow teams.

The university has 2 libraries with 1 in each main campus. Besides, a training centre for engineering (North Campus) provides engineering courses to all undergraduates, especially to those studying mechanics. For students in North Campus, lecture rooms and teaching labs mainly locates in a mansion (called No. 8 Teaching Building) of 10 floors plus 12 Great Lecture Halls. Also, a computer lab with 1000 computers allow students to study IT knowledge.

Wifi signal covers student dorms and teaching buildings all over the campuses and Internet sockets can be found in students dorms.

Chefs in 11 cafeterias scattered in the 2 main campuses (including 2 Muslim cafeterias)[11] cook breakfast, lunch and supper to students and staff every day in each term. However, the cafeterias are usually very busy and crowded when it's dining time.

Totally 48 dorm buildings are available for students living.For Chinese students, 4 or 6 students share 1 bedroom[12] while international students live in single or double bedroom equipped with bathroom and toilet[13](the price is much higher). Winter in northwest China is very cold and heating service is provided since 15 November to 15 March each winter in each dorm room.

In each main campus, Xiu-Shan Students Venue Centre is used as a place for exhibition, concert, gala and conference.

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