Known for its biological technology and agricultural science programs, Jiangxi Agricultural University (JXAU) is a multi-disciplinary university. It is one of the first school in China to be accredited for both Bachelor and Master degrees, and is the first school to offer post-graduate education in Jiangxi. The University was co-built by the People’s Government of Jiangxi Province, the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Forestry Administration, and is supported by the National Basic Ability Construction Project of Central and Western China. JXAU is located ideally in the Nanchang Economic & Technological Development Zone with a campus area of 10.7km2 (4.1mi2). The garden-esque campus is set against beautiful scenery and has a peaceful atmosphere.
JXAU has a proud history that can be traced back to the Jiangxi Industrial School established in 1905, and was renamed in 1908 as the Higher Agricultural Institute. After years of development, undergraduate education began officially at National Zhongzheng University in 1940. The school was renamed again in 1949 as Nanchang University. Jiangxi Agricultural College was founded in 1952, encompassing Nanchang University, and in 1969 joined with Jiangxi Communist Labor General University, which was founded in 1958. Finally, in November 1980, the school was renamed Jiangxi Agricultural University.
JXAU offers comprehensive higher learning in any of nine fields of study: agriculture; science; technology; economics; management; literature; law; education and art. At present, JXAU has more than 28,000 full-time students (including the students from its independent college) enrolled throughout 17 schools. There are 68 undergraduate majors, 76 Master’s degree programs, 17 doctoral degree programs, 2 centers plus 1 research station for post-doctoral research, 6 and 20 Doctoral and Master’s degree programs for first-level disciplines. Several disciplines (programs) offered at JXAU are distinguished and receive merit-based support from various government agencies, including onekey discipline through the State Forestry Administration and 4 First-class disciplines through the provincial government. Additionally, 5 of our majors have been honored at the national level, and 9 of these majors are honored this way at the provincial level.
JXAU is well-staffed; we have over 1,600 staff members, over 80% of which have doctoral degrees or master's degrees. Many faculty members are the recipients of education-related awards or are members of various organizations, including: 1 fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 3 recipients of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 3 winner of National High-level personal of special support programs, 1 winner of National Youth Innovative Leader of Science and Technology, 2 winners of National “May 4th” Medal, 4 winners of National Young and Middle-aged Experts with Remarkable Contributions, 6 members of National Hundred, Thousand, and Ten-Thousand Talents Project, 3 winners of Science and Technology Award for Chinese Youth, 3 scientists of National Modern Agro-Industrial Technology System, 4 winners of New Century Excellent Talents Project by the Ministry of Education, 24 members of 555 Ganpo Talent Project, 2 winners of National Teaching Expert, 3 winners of National Model Teacher and 1 winner of National Outstanding Teacher. Additionally, there are several excellent Scientific and Technological Innovation Teams and Teaching Teams of national and provincial level in JXAU, such as Advanced Group of National Outstanding Professional and Technical Personnel, Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team, National Excellent Teaching Team, etc.
Several special advantages have been afforded to the University by various state departments for its outstanding work in scientific research, and certain programs and departments are referred to as “key” institutions by the Chinese government. JXAU plays home to the only separate State Key Laboratory in the province, as well as a National Engineering Laboratory, a State and Local Joint Engineering Laboratory, a Ministry of Education Key Laboratory, a Ministry of Agriculture Key Laboratory, 12 Provincial Key Laboratories, 3 Provincial Engineering Laboratories, and 5 Provincial Key Research Centers for: the Humanities and Social Sciences; Soft Sciences; and Culture and Art. The University has gone to great lengths to promote collaborative innovation, has established 5 Provincial Collaborative Innovation Centers (as host) and a National Collaborative Innovation Center (as partner). Additionally, there is a National Research Institute for new rural and 2 national demonstration centers for experimentation and education in JXAU.
JXAU actively connect the study of economics with society for the development of local industry, and has built a cooperative relationship with over 80% of the counties and cities in Jiangxi. Relying on large industrial projects, the University widely distributes its own patented agricultural technologies, including specially developed crop strains. Since 2011, JXAU has won a total of 95 scientific awards, including a second prize National Technological Invention Award, a grand prize and two second prizes of National Science and Technology Progress Award.
Since its founding, the University has produced more than 300,000 graduates, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in their respective fields. According to preliminary statistical data, there are at least 6 fellows of the CAS, one minister in the Chinese government, and 12 provincial government officials, as well as 30 alumni which have gone on to become presidents of various universities. Not only that, but there are now over a hundred so-called model teachers, national model workers, and national experts with outstanding contribution, and nearly 30% of all county chiefs in Jiangxi province are graduates of JXAU.
As diversity is important to us, JXAU was one of the first institutions in Jiangxi to open up to foreign countries, qualifying as a Grade A1 Unit for employing overseas experts and being licensed to enroll international students. The University has been actively involved in international academic exchanges and has established close relationships with universities and research institutions in the US, Holland, the UK, Japan, Australia, Russia, Canada and so on. JXAU has accepted international students to study agricultural technology and Chinese since the 1980s, and in 2014, accepted the first foreign post-doctoral student in the entire province. At present, the University recruits international students at various levels, from short-term language learners and other undergraduate students to postgraduate students and PhD candidates. The University is specifically qualified to receive grants in support of study from both the provincial and national government.