The China Agricultural University (CAU) is a leading organization that focus on the nutrition and health of human beings. CAU establishes itself with agricultural characteristics and moves forward to address the major needs of China's agricultural science and technology and the international academic frontier. It is also committed to cultivating qualified talents in agricultural science and technology innovation and management, and devoted to caring out high-level scientific researches, social services and cultural heritage and innovation.
China Agricultural University (CAU) is one of the top ranked key national universities in China. It is one of the universities listed in 211 and 985 Projects and directly subordinated to the Ministry of Education of P.R.China. Project 211 is a project of National Key Universities and colleges initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Education of China. There are more than 1,700 standard institutions of higher education, with about 6 percent of them being 211 Project institutions. Project 985 is a project first announced by Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the 100th anniversary of Peking University on 4 May 1998 to promote the development and reputation of the Chinese higher education system.By the end of the first phase of the project, 34 universities were sponsored. In the second phase of the project, five more universities were added to the project, bringing the total number to 39. It was announced in September 2007 that the project will not admit other universities.
CAU has 3 campuses, including the East Campus, West Campus and Jianshe Campus. Students have free choices to enroll in more than 60 Undergraduate Specialties, around 140 Masters Programs and more than 80 Doctoral Programs if qualified. The trend of student population continues to rise with more than 70,000 students in total currently enrolled. China Agricultural University is authorized to award academic degrees at BSc, MSc, PhD and Post-PhD levels. The Undergraduate Program is organized within one of the 13 colleges, and Masters and Doctoral Programs are conducted under the direction of the Graduate School, which is the first graduate school of this kind among all agricultural universities in China. The educational programs cover a broad spectrum in both natural and social sciences, across the fields of food and agriculture, livestock, soil and water, engineering, economics, environment and energy, management, science, literature and law
Developing itself into an internationalized institution, CAU considers international exchange and cooperation to be a significant component of its mission. CAU has well established collaborations via 296 counter-signed Memorandum of Understanding or Agreements with 178 universities from 35 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, & Oceania. Exchange of students with partner universities has become a routine of work. In addition, cooperation with UN specialized organizations and international institutions have been developed. A worldwide network for academic exchange & collaboration is under cultivation.
In addition, CAU has also conducted several successful joint educational programs with the US, Netherlands and UK, further strengthening CAU’s role in the world educational community. The International College of Beijing, one of the best international higher educational programs in China, has become very popular.
CAU was ranked in the 5th place in regards with the Major Progress in Science and Technology, the 6th place in the number of Three Major Scientific and Technical Prizes for State General Projects, and the 2nd place in the number of Three Major Scientific and Technical Prizes for State General Projects as the hosting university in 2010.