Yangzhou University (YZU) is a key comprehensive provincial university, which pioneered in China in the merging of institutions. The University was established in 1992 as a merger of 6 colleges. Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin calligraphed the name for YZU and Li Lanqing, former Chinese Vice-Premier inspected YZU five times. Many leaders from the Ministry of Education and Jiangsu Provincial Government have visited YZU, giving instruction and guidance.
At present, there are 33,900 full-time undergraduate students, 6,200 postgraduate (doctorate and master) students and 16,000 students of continued education. YZU has 27 colleges offering 94 undergraduate programs in 11 disciplines. YZU has 4 state-level specialized majors, 1 state-level teaching team, 1 state-level experimental teaching demonstration center, 7 national superior courses, 25 provincial brand majors and 8 provincial-level experimental teaching demonstration centers in basic courses.