Guangzhou University (GU; simplified Chinese: 广州大学; traditional Chinese: 廣州大學; pinyin: Guǎngzhōu Dàxué; Jyutping: Gwong2 zau1 daai6 hok6) is a state university in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdongprovince, China.
The university is made up of two campuses. The major campus is located in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center (HEMC，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 dually affiliated to Guangzhou Municipal Government and Guangdong Provincial Government. The funding for the university is subject to Guangzhou Municipal Government.
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（广州师范学院）,South China Institute of Construction（华南建设学院）, Guangzhou University（广州大学）, Guangzhou Junior Teachers’ College（广州高等专科学校）, and Guangzhou Institute of Education（广州教育学院）.
The university is fully committed to consolidating and expanding its undergraduate program, graduate programs and international students program. The university comprises 27 schools (department). Currently, the university is authorized to run 3 PhD programs with 25 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 1475, 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.
As a manifestation of GU’s core spirit, the Campus Culture of GU guarantees a good academic and cultural atmosphere on campus. To promote the construction of quality education, cultural activities on campus are organized on the basis of perfect combinations between science and humanity, between high taste cultural activities and students’ comprehensive quality cultivation.
Based on the principles of Students Art Troupe, GU carries on various cultural activities, including Culture and Art Festivals on Campus, Chinese Classics Reading, Classic Movies Appreciation, and Elegant Art Appreciation. In addition, the university organizes various contests including Debate, Image Design, Career Design, Singing and Dancing, Hosting, etc., and builds a series of school cultural activity brands.
There are now eighty student associations with more than 12,000 members at GU. These associations cover a range of subjects including humanities, technology, public service, arts, and P.E. etc. Each year, there is a cultural month reserved for activities of the associations in which student associations play an important role in moral education, science enlightenment, career guidance, and volunteer service.
Staff and students
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.
Address: 230 Wai Huan Xi Road, Guangzhou, P.R.China 510006