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Nanjing Agricultural University
Established originated in 1902, became an independent institution in 1952
Type Public university
Location Nanjing, Jiangsu,  People's Republic of China
Former names National Central University

Nanjing Agricultural University (simplified Chinese: 南京农业大学pinyin: Nánjīng nóngyè dàxué) is a public university located in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. It offers courses in agricultural and sciences.


Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) is one of China’s oldest and most prestigious universities of agricultural sciences under the administration of the Ministry of Education. The earliest root of the university can be traced back to the Faculty of Agriculture & Natural History of Sanjiang Normal School in 1902. Sanjiang Normal School later became Nanjing Higher Normal School, National Southeastern University, National Central University and Nanjing University, and reestablished agricultural faculty in 1917, and the agricultural faculty became agricultural college in 1927, and it founded the first departments of Agronomy and Horticulture in Chinese universities. Another main source of NAU is the agricultural faculty of University of Nanking established in 1914 and became agricultural college in 1930, and it established the first faculty of Forestry and department of Agronomics, and was the forerunner of four-year bachelor program in higher agricultural education in China. The two agricultural colleges were merged to form NAU in 1952. NAU has made numerous achievements in agriculture. The university is proud of being the pioneer of modern agricultural education, research and extension.

NAU is committed to the innovative improvements in the quality of its educational programs and research activities as well as active participation in local, national and international society. Interdisciplinary research and education is strongly promoted at the university. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in SRT (Scientific Research Training) program to upgrade their research skills. Graduate education has developed very fast since the establishment of the Graduate School in 2000, which makes NAU one of the 56 universities with graduate schools among more than 1000 universities and colleges in China.

NAU has an excellent track record in international exchange and cooperation. The earliest cooperation since the 1980s with Cornell University of USA in the field of crop production incubated the State Key Laboratory of Plant Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement at the university and the National Center of Soybean Improvement. The university maintains close relationships with 30 universities in over 10 countries. In the summer of 2007, NAU hosted a group of 15 students and 2 professors from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Wisconsin students were welcomed with a variety of class room activities and extracurricular functions put on by NAU students. Throughout the week they spent at the University the students learned how agricultural production in China differs from that in the US and also learned a great deal about China's economy. Long last relationships were fostered between students from both schools and NAU will continue to host UW students every summer. Through inter-institutional exchange and cooperation, new initiatives are fostered for cooperative research. NAU staff is actively involved in the application of research projects funded by governmental and non-governmental sources, such as the sino-foreign governmental framework programs, Asian Link, Asian Facility, Framework Program of the EU and McKnight Foundation in the USA.

After nearly 100 years of development, a sound disciplinary structure has been formed at NAU. With agriculture as its dominant field, NAU has diverse branches of learning in its 16 colleges, such as sciences, economics, management, engineering, law and the arts. It is firmly committed to a forward-looking, internationally focused program of teaching and research and its students who will be proud to call NAU their Alma Mater.

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Coordinates: 32°01′55.07″N 118°50′12.02″E / 32.0319639°N 118.8366722°E / 32.0319639; 118.8366722



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