Huazhong agricultural university (HZAU) has set up information subject for a very long time. In the late 80’s, the school established the computer department as one of basic courses. In the September of 1996, students for computer science and technology specialist were started to be recruited. Then, department of Computer Science and Information come into existence by computer department which was separated from the basic course in the early 1999. Later in April 2011, bioinformatics center was founded and new undergraduate started to enrolled in the September. Postgraduates were recruited in 2012 as well as PhD in the next year.
In April 2014, College of Informatics was founded by merging the biological information teaching and research section, Biological Information Center, Computer Science and Technology Department and Computing Center.
The college presently has four departments: Department of Computer Science, Department of Computer Application, Department of Biostatistics and Department of Bioinformatics. The college has built the computer and information technology experimental teaching center and the Key Laboratory of Agriculture biological information of Hubei province. Besides, the college own one Innovative Group of Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province. And the college has two undergraduate programs: the Computer Science and Technology and the Bioinformatics.
The college has 78 faculty members now and staff members including 7 professors, 28 associate professors, 26 lecturers, 10 administrators, 7 laboratory technicians. There are 749 full-time undergraduate students, 55 master students and 17 doctoral students in the college.Our students had repeatedly won awards and reputations in many national wide competitions including the Challenge Cup off-class academy work competition, mathematical competition and electronic designing completion.For recent three years, our students won 1 Silver Medal and 9 Bronze Medals for the ACM-ICPC(International College Programming Contest) in Asia region. And one student won the first prize and 5 students won second prize in the Computer Design Competition . In the International Design Competition of Genetic Engineering Machine (iGEM), we students won the Gold Medal in Asia region in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, we won the global Gold Medal , and in 2015 won the "Best Information Processing class Project" nomination, in 2016 , we students won the global Bronze Medal.
In recent years, research projects of the college has been supported by national-level research programs, such as, “973” Basic Research Program, the “863” High-Tech, Natural Science Foundation of China and so on.
We had 5 teachers got the First Prize for the school Teaching Quality Award,and 3 teachers won the advanced individual for practice teaching and management; constructe 2 Quality Courses and 6 Key Construction Curriculums, 5 Excellent courses of the hundred Boutique Practice course, 8 Double-hundred Case classes, 3 Enterprise Case classes and so on. We colloge had approved more than 10 teaching reform projects, 15 PPT projects, and 9 innovative experiment teaching projects.(Data statistics up to November 2016)