Founded in 1958, Zhejiang A & F University (ZAFU) is a comprehensive university directly under the auspices of Zhejiang Province offering Bachelor and Masters degrees in agriculture, technology, science, literature, management, law, economics, medicine, etc. and enrolling international students.
ZAFU, located in Lin'an City (west of the popular tourist destination Hangzhou) has Yijin and East Lake campuses covering almost 167 hectares with 550,000 square meters of building space. Its modern buildings and facilities in a setting of great natural beauty, surrounded by mountains and water, make ZAFU a most suitable place for learning, teaching, and conducting research. The campus combined with the botanical garden comprise an ecological environment with functions of teaching, scientific research, and biodiversity conservation.
ZAFU boasts a 1,500 strong team of staff and faculty, of which 900 are teachers, two are shared academicians, one is elected among the national new century talent pool, two are professors specially engaged by the provincial government, 54 are included in the 151 talent-cultivating programs, 18 are discipline leading teachers among the province-wide universities, 195 are qualified to tutor graduates, more than 40 are provincial outstanding teachers, 1 is entitled as prominent teacher in term of professional ethics by the state.
At present, ZAFU has 18,000 full-time students. ZAFU makes persistent and steadfast efforts to produce well-informed, highly-capable, well-cultivated and innovation-minded practical students. Graduates of ZAFU are well received for their diligence, devotion and capability. The first employment rate of undergraduate students is always more than 90% and in the forefront of Zhejiang universities. In 2008, Education Ministry formally evaluated ZAFU as outstanding in term of teaching.
ZAFU promotes international exchange and co-operation and has built up collaborative and academic relationships with 30 universities and academic institutes in more than 10 countries and regions, such as the USA and Canada. ZAFU has also built up sound ties with West Sydney University (Australia) and Alberta University (Canada) in joint education programs. Now 43 foreign experts together with 50 foreign language teachers are teaching and researching in ZAFU on a long-term basis.
At present, the university is striding on its way to build an ecologic university with the development strategy of "Educating Students with an Ecological Philosophy and Strengthening the University by the Spirit of Innovation".