Shandong Agricultural University (SDAU), situated at the foot of the magnificent Mount Tai, was founded in Jinan in 1906 with the original name of Shandong Higher Agricultural School. Later in 1952, it was renamed Shandong Agricultural College during the national integration and adjustment of departments and colleges. The college was moved to Tai’an in 1958 and renamed Shandong Agricultural University in 1983. In July 1999, the former Shandong Agricultural University incorporated two schools, Shandong Water Conservancy College and Shandong Forestry School, to form the current Shandong Agricultural University. At present, SDAU is a multi-disciplinary university with agricultural science as its strength and life science as a distinctive feature, covering many areas of both natural sciences and social sciences. 

It is jointly built by National Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas and People’s Government of Shandong Province, as well as by National Bureau of Forestry and Grassland and People’s Government of Shandong Province. It is among the earliest reform pilot universities of excellent agriculture and forestry talent education and cultivation plan jointly initiated by National Education Ministry, National Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas and National Bureau of Forestry and Grassland, the earliest 5 characteristic famous universities of application and the earliest national civilized campuses. In recent years, the employment quality of its graduates has always been ranked top among provincial colleges and universities. 38% undergraduates choose to pursue master study. It is among the top 50 universities in terms of typical experience of graduate employment as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.
   Currently, SDAU has an enrollment of 34,791 full-time students, including 30,701 undergraduate students and 4090 master and doctoral students. In addition, there are 80 on-the-job students pursuing master’s degree and 24,474 students of continuing education. It has a total of 2,483 faculty and staff members, among whom there are 1050 professors and associate professors. SDAU has 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and 3 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Faculty members of SDAU have won a number of national and provincial titles and awards, including 11 awards of the National Hundred-Thousand-Ten-Thousand Talent Project, 6 awards of Young and Middle-aged State-ranking Experts with Outstanding Contribution, 1 Special-term Professor of Yangtze River Scholars Award Scheme, 4 awards of National Ten-Thousand Talents Plan, 7 awards of National Science Foundation for Outstanding Youth, 2 awards of National Outstanding Youth, 4 National Famous Teachers, 2 Innovative Teams of Yangtze River Scholars and Innovative Teams Development Plan, and 3 National Teaching Teams. There are 54 Taishan Scholars, including 1 Advantageous and Characteristic Discipline Talent Team of Taishan Scholars, 4 Taishan Climbing Scholars, 23 Special-term Experts of Taishan Scholars, 12 Young Experts of Taishan Scholars and 14 Leading Talent Engineering Experts of Taishan Industry.

  The university has 12 postdoctoral research stations, 12 doctoral degree programs and 24 master degree programs in the first-level discipline, and 12 categories of major degree authorization. There are 2 national key disciplines, 2 key disciplines of National Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas, 21 provincial key disciplines, 1 Peak Plan Discipline of Shandong Province, and 4 provincial first-class and cultivation discipline. The discipline of agronomy and forestry has been ranked Top 400 in QS World University Discipline Rankings for 6 years in a row. 3 disciplines are ranked top 1% in ESI world rankings. There is 1 national key laboratory, 2 national engineering laboratories, 2 national engineering technology research centers, 1 comprehensive key laboratory of National Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas, 2 professional (regional) key laboratories of National Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas, 2 experiment stations for agricultural science observation of National Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas, 1 national research center of processing technology of agricultural products, 1 national sub-center of wheat improvement, 1 supervision, inspection and testing center of agricultural products’ quality and safety of National Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas, 1 national demonstration base of agricultural and rural informatization, 1 research institute on development of new rural areas sponsored by National Technology Ministry and National Education Ministry, 1 national innovation base of wheat breeding and cultivation technology, 1 corn technology innovation center of Huang-Huai-Hai region, 1 positioning observation research station of National Forestry and Grassland Bureau, 1 key laboratory of National Forestry and Grassland Bureau, 5 provincial collaborative innovation centers, 11 provincial key laboratories, 15 provincial engineering technology research centers, 4 provincial internationally-cooperated research centers, 2 provincial engineering laboratories,1 provincial research base of humanities and social sciences, 2 provincial think tanks of new type and 1 provincial science and education base.

It holds 94 undergraduate majors, 9 national characteristic disciplines, 12 national first-class undergraduate majors, and 8 provincial first-class undergraduate majors. There are 5 national high-quality courses, 32 provincial first-class undergraduate courses, 2 national bilingual teaching demonstration courses, and 5 national shared courses of high-quality resources. SDAU also owns 2 national innovative experiment zones of talent cultivation mode, 3 national experimental teaching demonstration centers, 1 national demonstration center of virtual stimulation experimental teaching, 1 national virtual stimulation experimental teaching project, 1 national off-campus practical education base for college and university students, 1 national practical education (innovation and entrepreneurship) base and 1 provincial demonstration base of entrepreneurship and incubation for college and university students.
  SDAU covers an area of 5145 mu with a building area of 1.14 million square meters. The total value of instruments and equipment for teaching and scientific research amounts to 807 million yuan (RMB). The library has 2.77 millions of  paper books and 1.58 millions of electronic ones.
   It consist of 21 colleges, including Qilu College, College of Agronomy, College of Plant Protection, College of Resources and Environment, College of Forestry, College of Horticulture Science and Engineering, College of Animal Science and Technology (College of Veterinary Medicine), College of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, College of Economics and Management (Business College), College of Food Science and Engineering, College of Life Sciences, College of Foreign Languages, College of Public Administration, College of Water Conservancy and Civil Engineering, College of Information Science and Engineering, College of Chemistry and Material Science, College of International Exchange, College of Physical Education, College of Arts, College of Marxism, and College of Continuing Education.
  Since the national reform and opening up, SDAU has obtained many honors both in teaching and scientific research, including 29 national science and technology progress awards (such as the First Award of National Technology Invention), and more than 400 science and technology achievement awards above provincial and ministerial level. It has gained 8 national teaching achievement awards, among which there is 1 special prize and 2 first prizes of national teaching achievement, and 85 teaching achievement awards above provincial level. Since its establishment, SDAU has cultivated more than 260,000 talents, among whom there are 3 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Zhensheng Li, Xiangchu Yin and Zhaoliang Zhu), 5 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering Huairui Shu, Lun Shan, Zhenwen Yu, Yu Li, Peiwu Li, 1 academician of International Europe-Asia Academy of Sciences (Keli Tang), 1 academician of European Academy of Sciences (Yufang Shi), 4 Yangtze River Scholars and 12 national distinguished young scholars.

SDAU sticks to inheriting and carrying forward its precious cultural traditions and noble spiritual qualities. It set forth the education concept of “integrate learning with doing, take practice as priority, put talent cultivation first, and worship academy”, the motto of “To climb higher, you must start from the bottom.”, the culture with cores of “talent cultivation, truth seeking, inclusiveness, and openness” , as well as the spirit with “love China and SDAU, plain and noble, truth seeking and innovation, pragmatic and diligent” as its core elements.

It adheres to the concept of open and international education. Over the years, it has established international cooperation with 70 overseas universities and research institutions, including University of California, University of Kentucky, Purdue University, University of Florida, FOM University, Royal Agricultural College, University of Liege, University of Lome, University of Ottawa, Hiroshima University and etc. It has 7 joint programs with universities from Germany, UK and USA. More than 4,000 students have graduated.

(Updated in November, 2020)