China Agricultural University (CAU) is a university in Beijing, People's Republic of China specializing in agriculture, biology, engineering, veterinary medicine, economics, management, humanities and social science. It was formed in 1905 through the merger of the Beijing Agricultural University and the Beijing Agricultural Engineering University. At present there are around 12,500 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students in the university. The new gymnasium hosted the wrestling events during the 2008 Summer Olympics. CAU is designated as part of both Project 985, to create world class universities in China, and Project 211, to raise the research standards of universities. The history of China Agricultural University can be traced back to 1905 when the College of Agriculture was founded in the former Jingshi Da Xuetang. Beijing Agricultural University (BAU) was established in September 1949 through the merging of Peking University's College of Agriculture, Tsinghua University's College of Agriculture and North China University's College of Agriculture. BAU was listed by the State Council as one of the Top-Six Key National Universities as well as one of the Top-Ten Key Universities for further construction and improvement. In October 1952, BAU's Department of Agricultural Machinery, North China College of Agricultural Machinery and Ministry of Agriculture's Central Agricultural Mechanization School merged to form the Beijing Mechanized Agricultural College, which was renamed Beijing Agricultural Mechanization Institute (BAMI) in July 1953. The BAMI was listed by the State Council in October 1960 as one of the 64 Key National Universities and then renamed again as Beijing Agricultural Engineering University (BAEU) in 1985. The university is the top institution in China for agricultural studies. Faculties and colleges: Building in CAU College of Agronomy College of Horticulture College of Plant Protection College of Biological Sciences College of Animal Science and Technology College of Veterinary Medicine College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering College of Resources and Environmental Sciences College of Information and Electrical Engineering College of Engineering College of Water Conservancy and Civil Engineering College of Science College of Economics and Management College of Humanities and Development International College at Beijing School of Continuing Education Department of Arts Education and Physical Education Department of Ideological Education Yantai Academy of China Agricultural University (Yantai Campus) Beijing Construction University China Agricultural University Library consists of two parts, east library (No.17 Qinghua Dong Lu) and west library (No.2 Yuanmingyuan Xi Lu) occupying 21,665 square meters and hosting 2774 reading seats. China Agricultural University Library (CAUL) is one of the most important libraries in agricultural education and research in China. The collections include both paper documents numbering more than 1.7 million volumes and over 1.47 million electronic documents. The collections emphasize agricultural science, biology and agricultural engineering. 116 library staff work in the library including 39 research librarians and associate research librarians. 29 library staff are post-graduates. CAUL also functions as National Agricultural Information Center of CALIS (China Academic Library & Information System) and National Foreign Textbook Center in Agriculture. Haidian District Agriculture Library is affiliated with the China Agricultural University Library. CAUL established an automatic information service system in 1995. This now runs efficiently and successfully. User education is one of the main functions of CAUL. The library provides different kinds of training courses and workshops to students and faculty every year. CAUL has been actively developing international communication and cooperation. CAUL will pursue collection development, personalized information services and resources sharing.
China Agricultural University
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