Yunnan Agricultural University
It was initially established in Kunming in 1938 as the School of Agricultural at Yunnan University. Separated from Yunnan University in 1958, the School of Agriculture was renamed Kunming Agriculture and Forestry College (KAFC). The formal title, Yunnan Agricultural University was adopted in 1971 because of the merger between KAFC and Yunnan Agriculture Working University (YAWU). The University has been developed as a key university of Yunnan Province since 1993. In 2001, YAU became one of the two biological science experts training bases in Yunnan Province. YAU is now a comprehensive university offering programs in agriculture, science, arts, engineering, education, and administration.
Yunnan Agricultural University consists of 15 schools. They are
- School of Agriculture and Biotechnology
- School of Animal Science and Technology
- School of Economics and Trade
- School of Engineering
- School of Tobacco Science
- School of Plant Protection
- School of Ornamental and Horticulture
- School of Resources and Environment
- School of Water Resources, Hydraulics, and Architecture
- School of Science and Information
- School of Food Science and Technology
- School of Physical Education
- School of Foreign Languages
- School of Humanities and Social Science
- School of Continuing Education
There are 28 Bachelor degree programs, 13 Associate bachelor degree programs, and 18 Master degree programs. 8 subjects are key subjects in Yunnan Province. YAU has two key laboratories and 23 research institutes/centers affiliated to the university. The two key laboratories are the Key Phytopathology Laboratory of Yunnan Province, and the Key Animal Nutrition and Feed Laboratory of Yunnan Province. The Biodiversity and Crop Disease Control Laboratory, which is the key laboratory of the Ministry of Education in China, is under the planning. With the financial support of 10,400,000 RMB from Yunnan Province, the Key Laboratory of the Inbreeding Coefficient Study in Xishuangbana Mini-ear Swine is under the construction. The university also enrolls students from foreign countries. YAU has cooperated with both domestic and foreign universities to enroll, co-advise doctoral students, and offer doctoral degrees.
The university campus, covering an area of 130 hectares, is located in Heilongtan Park (Black Dragon Pool Park), one of the scenic spots to the north of Kunming. The total area of the campus building is about 250,000 square meters. YAU provides facilities for doing teaching and research projects. The university library has 630,000 volumes and many other journals. The university has been networked to improve its teaching and working effectiveness and efficiency. In 1998, YAU was awarded as the Civilized University by Yunnan Provincial Government.
Currently, there are 1,198 faculty and staff members at YAU, of whom 51 are professors and 162 are associate professors. 113 faculty members are master degree advisors, and 6 professors are appointed as the doctoral degree advisors by other universities. 11 outstanding faculty members have been selected as the major academic leaders in the New Century Science and Technology Projects in Yunnan Province. 10 faculty members have been awarded the outstanding science experts by Yunnan Province. 21 teachers have been honored as the outstanding teachers in Yunnan Province.
There are 6,831 students at present, including 5,315 undergraduate students, 171 graduate students, and 1,209 adult students undertaking their continuing education at the university. With the university history of sixty-three years, about 40,000 students have graduated from the university. Many alumni have become specialists in the fields of science, education, agricultural production and administration.