The university grew out of a merger in 1992 of six existing colleges. The school has around 2,000 faculty and 31,000 undergraduates. It offers 92 undergraduate programs covering 11 disciplines.
The programs and research include humanity, science, business, engineering, architecture, computer, medicine, art, music, agriculture, animal husbandry, etc.
Around 2,000 faculty members work on campus, including around 1000 professors and associate professors. 97 faculty members are entitled to State Fund for Specialists, 29 are entitled as Outstanding Contribution-making Young Experts by the government.
YZU offers its undergraduates 92 programs covering 11 disciplines, through its 24 schools-At undergraduate level, the university has over 16,000 adult students in its continued education programs. Undergraduate programs are also available for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
At the graduate level, around 3800 graduate students are studying in 21 doctoral and 122 master’s programs, in which around 748 faculties are involved as doctoral and master’s program supervisors.
YZU has one national key laboratory, 14 ministerial and provincial key laboratories, and 37 teaching laboratory centers.
YZU has seven libraries with 3.25 million volumes of books and journals. The libraries have a collection of rare Chinese classics. The university has its own Yangzhou University Journal (Humanities and Social Sciences Edition, Natural Science Edition and Higher Education Research Edition), Jiangsu Agricultural Research, Jiangsu Clinical Medicine Journal and Yangzhou University Cuisine Journal.
YZU closely combines industry, teaching and research. There are over 900 research projects underway at the university, including 65 national projects listed in 863 Hi-tech Projects, 973 High-tech Projects and National Priority Projects for the Ninth Five-Year Plan, and 144 provincial- or ministerial-level research projects. More than 260 research accomplishments have received awards at provincial or national level. The annual research fund amounts to over 120 Million RMB, ranking far above other universities of the same level.
YZU has established ties with institutions of higher education in 10 countries. More than 100 foreign language teachers and experts and over 2500 foreign scholars have taught, delivered lectures or participated in academic exchange programs over the past few years.
Over 700 faculty members have been sent abroad for academic visits, advanced studies, research cooperation or attendance at international academic conferences. Besides the exchanges at the faculty and researchers level, exchanges at the student level are developing. The number of international students in Yangzhou University is on the rise as is the number of Chinese students learning English