Draw a new blueprint and set sail for a new journey. Here, on behalf of Shanxi Agricultural University (Shanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences), I would like to extend my cordial greetings and best wishes to all teachers, researchers, cadres and workers, retired comrades, young students, alumni at home and abroad, to leaders at all levels and people from all walks of life who have long cared about and supported the development of our university and academy!
By fostering virtue through education as its foundation and assuming strengthening and promoting agriculture as its duty, SXAU has long been practicing the original aspiration of enhancing morality and fostering talents and bravely shouldering the glorious mission of revitalizing agriculture. From the period of Mingxian School, to the period of Shanxi Agricultural College, and then to the period of Shanxi Agricultural University, generations of teachers, students, and scientific researchers have spared no effort to compose numerous touching movements for the development of “agriculture, rural areas and farmers”. In October 2019, Shanxi Agricultural University and Shanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences were jointly reformed, and a new Shanxi Agricultural University was established. Two important agricultural scientific research forces committed to the development of “agriculture, rural areas and farmers” gathered to forge ahead and innovate. The new SXAU has come solidly from the depths of its century-old history, surging towards the goal of building a high-level research and application-oriented university, and has become a driving force for rural revitalization as well as agricultural and rural modernization.
This is a university that assembles humanities and cultivates talents. The history of running a university for more than 100 years has created itself a holy place for reading and learning on the land of Shanxi Province. There are buildings of primitive simplicity and refined elegance from the Qing Dynasty to the Republic of China and research institutions all over the province. It employs the teaching style of“dedicating to teaching with joy” and the study style of “studying diligently with emphasis on practice”, and owns a large number of high-level talents including academicians of the Eurasian Academy of Sciences, “Yangtze River Scholars” and “National Outstanding Youth”. This fertile soil has cultivated generations of outstanding talents, including revolutionaries and politicians; winners of the highest science and technology awards, academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and well-known experts; and a great many brave leaders in all walks of life. Talent prosperity leads to career prosperity. With fostering virtue through education as its foundation and assuming strengthening and promoting agriculture as its duty, the university (academy) will make great efforts to build “golden colleges”, “golden courses”, “golden teachers” and “highlands” with high standards, and forge a number of first-class agricultural and forestry disciplines, first-class majors, first-class courses, so as to serve national food security, agricultural green production, ecological sustainable development, promote rural revitalization, and cultivate more new talents who know and love agriculture.
This is a university that seeks truth, innovation and excellence. In the history of more than 100 years, generations of SXAUers and SAASers have continued to struggle hard, picking up pearls of agricultural scientific and technological innovation one after another, and made great contributions to the agricultural development of Shanxi and even the whole country. Having inherited a century of glory, SXAU will continue to write a new chapter on scientific innovation. Oriented towards “special” and “excellent” development of Shanxi’s agriculture and rural revitalization, our university (academy) will take scientific and technological innovation as the primary driving force for development and further integrate, optimize, and share teaching as well as scientific research resources by optimizing the layout of disciplines and majors, introducing first-class talents to build a first-class team and platform, cultivating first-class scientific research achievements to continuously contribute the wisdom to and demonstrate the strength of SXAU in the high-quality development of Shanxi province.
This is a university that loves agriculture, rural areas and farmers and shoulders its mission bravely. For a long time, SXAU (SAAS) has closely linked talent training and scientific research with serving local economic and social development, and gradually formed the concept of “writing papers in the fields, spreading science and technology in the land of Shanxi”. It has written a wonderful chapter of SXAU and SAAS by utilizing technology to serve the countryside and benefit farmers. Taking serving agriculture, rural areas and farmers as the ambition and being dedicated to them as the action, our university (academy) will strengthen the cooperation between SXAU and local governments as well as enterprises and integrate its specific resources by giving full play to the location advantages of scientific research institutions throughout the province, talent and scientific & technological advantages to establish a new scientific and technological demonstration and promotion system, and make great contributions to serving the construction of Jinzhong National Agricultural High Zone (Shanxi Nonggu) together with the high-quality development of Shanxi's agriculture and rural revitalization.
This is a reformed and progressive university. For more than 100 years, SXAU and SAAS have always resonated with the development of the times and social progress at the same frequency and in the same direction. Following the drumbeat of the reform and development of the times, they have performed vivid practices of overcoming obstacles and forging ahead. Only the reformers advance, only the innovators are strong, and only the reformers and innovators win. SXAU (SAAS) will actively optimize the allocation of agricultural science and education resources, promote the coordinated development of science and education, production and education, and form a good trend of “two-wheel drive” for teaching and research and in-depth integration of “Shanxi Nonggu-SXAU- Research institutes”, and continuously deepen the reform of the university evaluation system in the new era to compose a new chapter of seizing opportunities, activating power, strong driving force and promoting development through reform.
Practice without stop and go far. We are willing to work together with all the teachers, students, researchers, and alumni of SXAU to shoulder the glorious mission entrusted by history and take the responsibility to move forward. During the new journey of promoting the high-quality development in an all-round way and building itself into a high-level research and application-oriented university, SXAU will make new and greater contributions.