Yangzhou University (YZU) is co-sponsored by the People’s Government of Jiangsu Province and the Ministry of Education, a key comprehensive university of Jiangsu Province, as well as one of the first among colleges and universities authorized to grant master and doctoral degrees, pioneering in China in the merging of higher educational institutions. YZU was established in 1992 as a merger of 6 colleges in Yangzhou, while the history of YZU can be traced back to as early as 1902, when Mr. Zhang Jian, a renowned modern entrepreneur and educator, set up the Tongzhou Private Teachers’ School and Tonghai Agricultural School.
There are over 33,000 full-time undergraduate students and more than 10,000 postgraduate students on YZU campuses, over 1,000 of whom are international students. Among the 2,100 full-time teachers of YZU there are 2 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The 27 colleges offer 116 undergraduate programs. YZU has 14 postdoctoral mobile stations, 11 first-level doctoral programs and 44 first-level master’s programs, among which are 3 state key disciplines. YZU’s overall competence as well as 4 disciplines, namely, Chemistry, Plant and Animal Sciences, Engineering, and Agricultural Sciences, has entered ESI top 1% among worldwide universities and scientific research institutions. YZU’s 8 campuses has a land area of about 4,090 mu (or some 267 hectares) with a gross floor area of about 1.17 million ㎡. YZU attaches great importance to international cooperation and exchanges, and it has set up close cooperation and exchange relations with over 220 higher education institutions and research institutes in over 40 countries and regions.
For more than two decades since its merger, YZU has witnessed its reform and further development through a path of combining, merging, restructuring and self-improving. In the 13th Five-Year Plan period, YZU will continue to enhance its teaching, research and reform, promote law-based governance and strive to become a top-ranking comprehensive research university in China with worldwide recognition and its own distinctive features.