Guangzhou University

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Guangzhou University
Guangzhou University Logo.png
Former names
Guangzhou Normal University
South China Institute of Construction
Guangzhou Junior Teachers College
Guangzhou Institute of Education
Motto 博學篤行 與時俱進
Type Public
Established 1927
President Yu Jianshe
Academic staff
Undergraduates 19,868
Location Guangzhou, Guangdong,  People's Republic of China
Campus Urban, 1.32 km²

Guangzhou University (GU; simplified Chinese: 广州大学; traditional Chinese: 廣州大學; pinyin: Guǎngzhōu Dàxué) is a state university in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, China.


Guangzhou University was reestablished on July 2000 by the Chinese Ministry of Education. It was a merger of five tertiary institutions previously known as Guangzhou Normal University, South China Institute of Construction, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou Junior Teachers' College, and Guangzhou Institute of Education.

The university is made up of two campuses. The major campus is located in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center (geographically called XiaoGuWei Island), covering a total area of 131.7 hectares, with a building space of 596,000 square meters. The other campus is located in downtown (GuiHuaGang) of Guangzhou, covering 20 hectares.

The university is fully committed to consolidating and expanding its undergraduate program, graduate programs and international students program. The university comprises 26 schools (department). Currently, the university is authorized to run 3 PhD programs with 20 grade-2 subjects, 27 graduate programs with 150 grade-2 subjects. In addition, the university offers 5 professional graduate programs in 27 fields, including pedagogy, engineering, physical education, art and international Chinese language teaching. It also offers 69 undergraduate programs with coverage of 8 disciplinary fields, including philosophy, history, literature, law, pedagogy, art, science, engineering, management and economics.

The university has a teaching and research staff of 1439, including two academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 290 full-time professors and 604 full-time associate professors. The number of the full-time graduates and undergraduates is over 23,000.

The university is actively undertaking the national and provincial research programs, such as national “973”and “863” projects. It has established more than 30 research institutes or centers specializing in a wide range of subjects, including Interdisciplinary Research Center, Earthquake Engineering Research Test Center,Human Right Research Center, Research Institute for Computer Science & Software etc. International exchange and cooperation have always been a priority work of the university. Up to 2011, the university has established the partnership with more than 100 overseas institutions. The university is available for international students to study Chinese and apply for degree study. It also enrolls students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as well.

In the new age, the university is engaged in making a contribution to the development of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province as well as that of China. The goal of the university is to mold itself as a comprehensive university with a unique characteristic and ranks in a leading position among the universities of similar type.


Located in the vicinity of the Guangzhou Sculpture Park(廣州雕塑公園) and Luhu Park(麓湖公園), Guangzhou University has easy transport access. The University has a floor area of 486,000 square meters, with an additional area of 436,000 square meters in its five campuses situated in Guangyuan, Guihuagang, Luhu, Qiyi Lu and Longdong. The 2.1 billion USdollar new campus, as large as 1,975 mu (1.32 km²), is available to all students in Guangzhou University.[1]

The university library has 1,960,000 items.

Academic Reputation and Goal[edit]

Although the new Guangzhou University which named after the third biggest city in China (Guangzhou) was established on July 2000, it is actively undertaking the national and provincial research programs in recent years, such as national “973”and “863” projects. Therefore, it is a well-reputable academic institution in its local region in the Guangzhou Province of Southern China or even the whole country. The University Ranking on Academic Performance publications, authored by scholars from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and co-contributed by European scholars from France, Netherlands and the United Kingdom ranked Guangzhou University at#153 out of the 183 nationally China and #1516 in ranking globally out of all the places of higher institutions in that category. In the new age, the university is engaged in making a contribution to the community. The goal of the university is to mold itself as a comprehensive university with a characteristic and ranks in a leading position among the universities of similar type.[2]


While the undergraduate programs remain the dominant focus of its operation, GU also runs postgraduate programs. It is also developing its vocational and technical higher education programmes. The university comprises 20 schools featuring academic programs ranging from the sciences to the humanities. Unfortunately, because GU is still considered a relatively new University in China, many colleges around the world including colleges in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.[3] do not fully accept GU courses as a course equivalency to their own. Recognition of its courses, a student's diploma, degree and course credit by foreign academic institutions is still ongoing subject to current review and future agreements between Guangzhou University and foreign academic institutions. Full recognition of Guangzhou University's course equivalency by foreign academic institutions will not go into full effect until to the year 2016 or later.[4]

The university run 42 postgraduate programs and 62 undergraduate programs in eight fields of study including Literature, Science, Engineering, Economics, Management, Law, Education and History.

Schools & Departments[edit]

  • School of Business
  • School of Law
  • School of Public Administration
  • School of Education (Teachers’ School)
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Journalism and Communication
  • School of Foreign Studies
  • School of Music and Dance
  • School of Fine Art and Artistic Design
  • School of Mathematics and Information Sciences
  • School of Physics and Electronic Engineering
  • School of Geographic Sciences
  • School of Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Computer Science & Education Software
  • School of Life science
  • School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • School of Environmental Engineering
  • School of Civil Engineering
  • School of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • School of Tourism (Sino-French School of Tourism)
  • School of Physical Education
  • School of International Education
  • School of Continuing Education
  • School of Teacher Training
  • School of Basic Education
  • CIBT International College

Staff and students[edit]

GU has a staff of 2,588 including one academic scholar from the Chinese Academy of Science, one academic scholar from the China Institute of Engineering, four academic scholars employed on a part-time basis, 20 supervisors of doctoral students, 130 full-time professors, 567 associate professors; of whom all 100 are Ph.D holders, 32 who have been awarded the state Council Special Allowances, 14 provincial and municipal level experts. The University's current full-time postgraduates, undergraduates and diploma students number 17,000. The University enrolls students mainly from Guangdong Province and Guangzhou, but also admits students from 11 other provinces, Hong Kong, Macao and also from overseas.

Research centres and other partnerships[edit]

The University has 57 research institutes and centers specializing in wide range of fields including the Institute of Educational Software, the Earthquake Engineering Research and TestCenter, the Institute of Educational Sciences, and the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

GU has also established a number of cooperative educational establishments including the College of Textile and Garment, the College of Urban Construction Engineering, the College of Technology and Trade, Sontian College, Hua Ruan Software College, the School of Municipal Works and Construction. GU has established partnerships in a wide range of disciplines with universities and academic institutions of the United States, Australia, France, Russia, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, and the Chinese-speaking region including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.


With a history of over 10 years, and graduate programs since 2000, Guangzhou University has produced a large number of qualified talent for China and for Guangdong Province's social, economic, and technological development. The construction of the Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center on Xiaoguwei Island (小谷圍島)is in progress.


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Coordinates: 23°02′20″N 113°22′09″E / 23.0388°N 113.3692°E / 23.0388; 113.3692