Yangzhou University (YZU) is a key comprehensive provincial university, who pioneered in China in the merging of institution of higher learning. The University was established in 1992 as a merger of 6 colleges namely Teachers College of Yangzhou, Agricultural College of Jiangsu, Engineering College of Yangzhou, Medical College of Yangzhou, Water Conservancy Engineering College of Jiangsu and Business School of Jiangsu. Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin calligraphed the name for YZU and Li Lanqing, former Chinese Vice-Premier inspected YZU five times. Many leaders from the Ministry of Education and Jiangsu Provincial Government have visited YZU, giving instruction and guidance.
The history of YZU can be traced back to as early as 1902, when Mr. Zhang Jian, a renowned modern businessman and educator set up the Teachers School of Tongzhou and Tonghai Agricultural School (which became part of Nantong College later). The former Agricultural College of Jiangsu and Teachers Colleges of Yangzhou, 2 components of the YZU merger, were developed out of the agriculture section of Nantong College and of the literature and history section of Teachers College of Tongzhou respectively. The other 4 all had a history of more than 50 years.
In more than a decade, as it has undergone an innovative process from combing to merging to restructuring and to improving, YZU is now truly developing in an all-round manner. In the Teaching Assessment of Undergraduate Education organized by China's Ministry Of Education, YZU was rated Excellence (the best level).
With old glory behind it, YZU now aims to achieve new heights of success. As a university of more than 100 years, YZU presses ahead with reform and innovation, determined to contribute more valuable experience to the administrative reform in China's higher education. It has thus been regarded as a banner in China's university reform. In its new journey, Yangzhou University will keep following the guidance and leadership of the government and upholding the scientific overview of development to build a harmonious school with a brighter future.
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