Library on the North Campus of Guizhou University
|Campus||Urban 4,500 mu, 3786.83 Hectares|
Guizhou University (Chinese: 贵州大学; Pinyin: Guìzhōu Dàxué; abbreviation: 贵大 GuìDà) is a public coeducational university, located in the suburban outskirts of Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou Province, China. The university is one of the key 211 Project universities on mainland China.
Originally founded in 1902, Guizhou University is one of the province’s seven major universities and the flagship institution of higher learning in Guizhou. It is also one of the largest universities in the Southwest of China catering to over thirty thousand students.
The university predecessor was Guizhou Institute of Higher Learning (贵州大学堂) founded in 1902. Later, it was turned into Provincial Guizhou University (省立贵州大学), National Guizhou College of Agriculture and Engineering (国立贵州农工学院), and National Guizhou University (国立贵州大学).
In 1997 Guizhou Agricultural College, Guizhou Institute of Arts, and Guizhou Agricultural Cadre-Training School were merged into Guizhou University.
In 2004 Guizhou University of Technology merged with Guizhou University and formed the current Guizhou University. In 2005 the University was accredited a membership of the Project 211 by the Ministry of Education.
Guizhou University's sister school, Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, offers a Chinese language program for the fifteen American students every year.
The University consists of 33 colleges and offers programs of study in 11 academic divisions leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. These include:
- Liberal arts
VSO and Peace Corps Involvement
In 1989 Guizhou Agricultural College, then a separate university, began hosting VSO teachers in the Foreign Language Department. The following year, Guizhou University began hosting foreign teachers from the AISH programme in Australia and visiting teacher programmes in both New Zealand and the University of Alabama. Simultaneously, VSO teachers from both the UK and the Netherlands were recruited to work in other Guiyang institutes of higher education including the school of fashion and the catering college, both experiencing booms concurrent with Guiyang's emergence from relative obscurity. These teachers taught in both the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes at each institution. In 2005, eight years after GuiNong (Guizhou Agricultural College) was merged with GuiDa (Guizhou University), Guizhou University began hosting United States Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV's). The PCVs teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the School of Foreign Languages.