The initial name of the University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) was the Mountainous Technical University established in 1969. In 1971, the University was renamed as the Mountainous University of Agriculture and Forestry. In 1972, the University was renamed to Agricultural University III. In 1994, Thai Nguyen University (TNU) was established and the Agricultural University III has become a member of Thai Nguyen University with the currently used name of Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF). Over 53 years of building and developing orientations, the University has 8 specialized faculties and an office which administers the Advanced Educational Programs (AEP), 7 functional departments to serve the training programs, 2 research institutes and 13 centers (See Figure 1.1)
In 2021, The University has 24 educational training programs for undergraduates, 10 master and 8 doctoral programs. Up to present, there have been 48 academic courses in which students successfully graduated from university with more than 50.000 students holding bachelor of engineering, nearly 4000 master and doctoral students. In recent years, the University has been always evaluated as the leading centre of educational training and science and technology transferring in the fields of agriculture, forestry, natural resources and environment management for the Midlands and Northern mountainous areas in the country. 40% of the students are ethnic people coming from mountainous, remote and extremely poor areas in the north of Vietnam.