Huazhong Agricultural University
College of Animal Sciences & Technology/College of Veterinary Medicine – Wuhan, People’s Republic of China
- The Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU) is located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and central China’s biggest city. The Yangtze River, also called Yangzi or Cháng Jiāng (meaning “long river” in Mandarin), and the Han River pass through the city. The Yangtze, flowing for 6,378 kilometers (3,964 miles), is Asia’s longest river and the world’s third longest.
- The university’s history traces back to 1898 when Zhang Zhidong, the governor-general of Hubei and Hunan provinces in the late Qing Dynasty, founded the Hubei Farming School. Today, HZAU has over 17,000 undergraduate students and over 6,000 graduate students. The campus covers 495 hectares (about 1,223 acres).
- The College of Animal Sciences & Technology / College of Veterinary Medicine originated from the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine of the Hubei Provincial Agricultural College of 1950. The college now has six departments and offers one nationally-recognized specialty, called a “national key discipline,” in animal genetics, breeding & reproduction.
- Nile 6,693 kilometers (4,160 miles)
- Amazon 6,436 kilometers (4,000 miles)
- Yangtze 6,378 kilometers (3,964 miles)
- Mississippi-Missouri River combination 5,970 kilometers (3,710 miles)1
- China’s emphasis on teaching and agriculture, including veterinary medicine, is reflected in the country’s higher education system. Tuition is free for students pursuing degrees in teaching or agriculture. Students pursuing degrees in other professions must pay tuition.
- Three current Center for Veterinary Medicine employees have visited HZAU. In September 2009, Merton Smith, PhD, JD, and Steve Yan, MD, PhD, met the graduate students at the university’s National Reference Laboratory of Veterinary Drug Residues, a national specialized laboratory. In October 2009, Sanja Modric, DVM, PhD, and Dr. Yan attended and presented at the Chinese Society of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology’s annual conference held at HZAU.
The world’s four longest rivers: