Jiangnan University (JU) is one of China's key universities of the "211 Project"* and functions under the Ministry of Education. Curricula cover engineering, science, literature, economics management, law, agriculture, and education. The number of students is around 20.000. The university host the National Engineering Laboratory of Fermentation Technology, the Key Laboratory of Industrial Biotechnology, the Engineering Research Center of Bioactive Product Processing (Jiangsu Province) and the Collection of Industrial Microbes Resources for Chinese Universities and thus is an important Center of Excellence in biotechnology both for China and Jiangsu Province.
President of JU is Professor Jian CHEN, who is also from JU’s School of Biotechnology.The School of Biotechnology has long roots in the history of the predecessor organizations of JU. In 2000, the present school was founded which presently has 25 professors and 35 associate professors, and releases more than each 200 bachelor and master students and about 40 Ph. D. professionals per year. The School of Biotechnology hosts five research centers:
*Project 211: A project of the Ministry of Education, started in 1995, to fund 100 universities (about 3 % of all 3000 Chinese universities) at a level which will allow them to reach competitiveness to international key universities in the 21st century.