Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering

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Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, (simplified Chinese: 仲恺农业工程学院; traditional Chinese: 仲恺农业工程学院; pinyin: Zhòng kăi nóng yè gōng chéng xué yuàn), is a university located in Guangzhou, China that specializes in training agricultural technicians. The University is named after Liao Zhongkai, a leading figure in the founding of modern China and a close associate of Sun Yat-sen. The university consists of three campuses (Haizhu Campus, Baiyun Campus, and an experimental farm) with a total area of 1,114.7 square kilometres (430.4 sq mi). Founded in 1927, Zhongkai University is one of Guangzhou’s oldest institutions of higher education.


As Zhongkai Agricultural and Industrial School, the university was founded in 1927 in honor of Liao Zhongkai, a close associate of Sun Yat-Sen and a leader in the founding of the Republic of China. He Xiangning, widow of Liao and herself a noted figure in Chinese revolutionary history, served as the first University President for 15 years. The university’s initial mission was to improve knowledge about agriculture for food production in China, but has eventually expanded to form a rounded offering of science and liberal arts, while keeping its principal focus on agriculture and engineering.

The university's construction and development was overseen and supported by a number of China’s leaders, including Ye Jianying, Deng Xiao Ping, Yang Shangkun and Wang Shen. Each wrote epigraphs for campus landmarks such as the Liao Zhongkai and He Xiangning Memorial Museum and the Liao Zhongkai Monument.

In March 2008, with the approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, the university was renamed Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering.


Departments offering Master’s Degrees[edit]

  • Biochemicals
  • Agricultural Product Processing and Storage Engineering
  • Phytopathology
  • Ornamental Plants and Horticulture
  • Plant Protection
  • Plant Processing and Security

Undergraduate Departments[edit]

  • College of Agronomy
  • College of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
  • College of Light Industry and Food Science
  • Information College
  • College of Computer Science and Engineering
  • College of Urban Construction
  • College of Life Sciences
  • College of Economics and Trade
  • College of Management
  • College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Research Institutes[edit]

Zhongkai University hosts 56 research bodies, responsible for hundreds of research projects funded at the national and local levels. A sample of the university’s research groups includes:

  • Floriculture Research Center
  • Institute of Green Chemistry
  • Institute of Biotechnology
  • Institute of Plant Pathology
  • Institute of Farm Products Processing and Preservation
  • Institute of Industrial Economics
  • Institute of Higher Education
  • Institute of Zhongkai University Culture
  • Institute of Artificial Environment and Control
  • Institute of Green Engineering
  • Institute of Seed Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Crops

Recent research projects to win national- and provincial-level awards have included:

  • Long-lasting, biodegradable resins to help irrigate soil in dry climates
  • Basic research for controlling bactrocera dorsalis (oriental fruit fly)
  • Synthesis of N-vinyl pyrrolidone catalytic systems
  • Introduction and promotion of new kiwi fruit strains
  • Production and application of water-absorbing agents
  • Crucial technology for the cultivation of cut flowers in the Pearl River Delta
  • Multifunctional fertilizers and preservatives for ornamental plants
  • Eco-restoration techniques for strip-mined terrain
  • Production and application of efficient molluscicides

See also[edit]

Liao Zhongkai

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 23°06′28″N 113°16′50″E / 23.10787°N 113.28051°E / 23.10787; 113.28051