Students can now earn a degree at a university dedicated to the making of China’s “national liquor” at the new Moutai University in Renhuai, China, South China Morning Post reports.
The university will be led and managed by the provincial government, who is the owner of Shanghai-listed Kweichow Moutai Co, one of China’s most valuable listed company and the producer of the said Moutai liquor, according to Global Times.
The new private university’s motto is:
Love me, mao-tai, earn glory for the country.
University dean Feng Xiaolun told state-run broadcaster CCTV the school had hired more than 300 teachers and would bring in more industry experts.
Kweichow Moutai Group is reported to have invested more than CNY1.5 billion in the university.
The recently established school will have five majors on offer, including wine-making, and food quality and safety, once the Education Ministry approves its certification.
As a start, the university will take in only natives of the province where it is located, but have plans to expand its cohort to students across China from next year on.
Size-wise, the campus is 13ha and has a library that contains more than 500,000 books.
The university is set up to fill the gap in China’s liquor industry struggling to find technical skills and talent necessary for the manufacture of alcohol, according to a CCTV-owned news site.
And if alcohol making is not up to the taste of Chinese students, SCMP listed other unconventional courses offered in universities located at the Mainland, such as the science of hot noodles at Yunnan Normal University or research into lotteries at Beijing Normal University.