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China Agricultural University
Established 1905
Type Public
President Ke, Bingsheng
Location Beijing,  People's Republic of China
Campus Urban

China Agricultural University (中国农业大学, pinyin: zhōngguó nóngyè dàxué; 农大 or nóng dà for short) is a university in Beijing, China specialising in agriculture, biology, engineering, veterinary medicine, economics, management, humanities and social science. It was formed in 1995 by a merge of the Beijing Agricultural University and the Beijing Agricultural Engineering University. At present there are more than 14,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students studying in the university. A new gymnasium, will host the wrestling events for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

As the origin of higher agricultural education, China Agricultural University 's history could be traced back to 1905 when the College of Agriculture was founded in the former Jingshi Da Xuetang. The Beijing Agricultural University (BAU) was established in September 1949 by merging of Peking University 's College of Agriculture , Tsinghua University 's College of Agriculture and North China University 's College of Agriculture . The BAU was listed by the State Council as one of the Top-Six Key National Universities as well as one of the Top-Ten Key Universities for further construction and improvement. In October 1952, BAU's Department of Agricultural Machinery, North China College of Agricultural Machinery and Ministry of Agriculture's Central Agricultural Mechanization School merged together to form the Beijing Mechanized Agricultural College, which was renamed Beijing Agricultural Mechanization Institute (BAMI) in July 1953. The BAMI was listed by the State Council in October 1960 as one of the 64 Key National Universities and then renamed again as Beijing Agricultural Engineering University (BAEU) in 1985.

The university is the top institution in China for agricultural studies.


China Agricultural University Library

China Agricultural University Library consists of two parts, east library (No.17 Qinghua Dong Lu) and west library (No.2 Yuanmingyuan Xi Lu) occupying 21,665 square meters and hosting 2774 reading seats. China Agricultural University Library (CAUL) is one of the most important library in agricultural education and research in China. The collections include both of the paper documents that more than 170 million volumes and electronic documents which above 147 millions. The collections emphasize on agricultural science, biology and agricultural engineering. 116 library staff work in the library including 39 research librarians and associate research librarians. 29 library staff are post-graduates. CAUL also functions as National Agricultural Information Center of CALIS (China Academic Library & Information System) and National Foreign Textbook Center in Agriculture. Haidian District Agriculture Library affiliates to the China Agricultural University Library. CAUL has established automatic Information service system in 1995. Now it runs efficiently and successfully. User education is one of the main functions of CAUL. The library provides different kinds of training courses and workshops to the students and faculty every year. CAUL has been actively developing international communication and cooperation. CAUL will pursue in collection development, personalized information service and resources sharing.

Rugby union

China Agricultural University has played a key part in the reintroduction of rugby union into modern China and its subsequent growth.

Rugby re-emerged in the PRC in 1990, with a club forming at the Beijing Agricultural University at Beijing. A professor there, Chao Xihuang was introduced to the sport by a Japanese businessman, and set up a couple of sides.[1]


  1. ^ Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1 86200 013 3) p65

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Coordinates: 40°00′09″N 116°21′10″E / 40.0025°N 116.35278°E / 40.0025; 116.35278



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