Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) is a key provincial university and a high-tier one with distinctive features of internationalization in South China in its education of internationally-oriented personnel and its research on foreign languages & culture, international trade and international strategic studies. The University serves 20,454 full-time undergraduate students, more than 2,000 graduate students and over 13,000 international and continuing-education students.
GDUFS was created by a merger in 1995 of Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages and Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Trade. The former, one of the three renowned institutes of foreign languages in China under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education (MOE), witnessed its establishment in 1965. The latter, directly under the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (now the Ministry of Commerce), was founded in 1980 as one of the first institutions in China offering an academic program in international economy and trade. In October 2008, Guangdong College of Finance and Economics also became part of the University.
GDUFS is situated in Guangzhou, a city with a long history and rich cultural legacy and the economic hub in South China. The university boasts three campuses with a total area of 153 hectares. The North Campus, which covers an area of 63 hectares, is located at the northern foot of the Baiyun Mountain; the South Campus, with an area of 73 hectares, is situated in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center; and Dalang Campus, having an area of 17 hectares, lies in Dalang, Baiyun District. The university enjoys fine surroundings featuring green trees, crystal streams, scenic bridges and fresh air.
Since the establishment of GDUFS, a large number of renowned scholars, such as Liang Zongdai, Gui Shichun and Li Xiaoju, have devoted to teaching and scholarship here, accumulating rich spiritual and cultural wealth for the University. It has a teaching staff of 1,173, among whom 48.3% are full or associate professors and 86.4% have masters and/or doctoral degrees. The University boasts one member of the Disciplinary Appraisal Panels under the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, 12 members of the teaching advisory boards of various disciplines of the Ministry of Education, 6 teachers enjoying the Government Special Allowance of the State Council, 1 candidate of the “New Century Hundred, Thousand and Ten-Thousand Talent Project” at the state level, 6 candidates of the “Program for New Century Excellent Talents” of the Ministry of Education, 1 national distinguished teacher, 6 provincial distinguished teachers, 1 distinguished professor of “Pearl River Scholar”, 30 provincial-level cultivation candidates of Guangdong “Thousand, Hundred and Ten Project” and 9 “Yunshan Scholars”. Besides, the University employs over 100 guest professors and nearly 60 foreign experts on a long-term basis.
The University consists of twenty-one faculties and one self-governing college (South China Business College) that offer 56 undergraduate programs in eight disciplines: literature, economics, management, law, engineering, science, education and art studies. There are eight “national programs with distinctive features” and another eight “prestigious programs of the Province”. With 14 foreign languages offered to students, GDUFS is the only university in South China that offers such a variety of languages instruction. The University was accorded the qualification to confer master degrees in 1981 and doctoral degrees in 1986, thereby becoming one of the earliest institutions in China to earn postgraduate accreditation since the country resumed its postgraduate education programs. The University is home to one national key academic discipline, six provincial key disciplines, one post-doctoral research station, one Category I discipline PhD program, seven Category II discipline PhD programs, 10 Category I discipline masters programs, 32 Category II discipline masters programs, and five professional masters programs.
The University upholds the motto of Pursuit of Integrity, Practice and Cross-cultural Learning and defines as its mission the training of high-caliber global citizens through the integration of content studies and foreign language training for globally minded graduates with international vision and social responsibility. They should be well-versed in international norms, excellent in ethical cultivation and competence in their chosen fields of study, strong in cross-cultural communication and hands-on creativity, and ready to engage in global competition and cooperation. The University is one of the 19 universities worldwide that are qualified to recommend high-end translation professionals to the United Nations and the only foreign studies-oriented university in the CAMPUS Asia program. The University is home to the MOE-designated Teaching and Research Center for Asian and European Minor Languages, and the MOE’s Pilot Scheme for Innovative Mode of Talent Training for cultivation of internationally competitive business professionals. According to MyCos, an educational consultancy firm, the graduation index and entry-level salary of this University’s graduates ranked top among the universities across China from 2008-2011, including those under the 985 and 211 categories. The University enrolls applicants from over 20 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the State Council, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, all in the first-round or early admission category.
GDUFS is home to one of the MOE’s national key research centers for humanities and social sciences, i.e. Center for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics; 4 provincial-level key research centers for humanities and social sciences in institutions of higher learning in Guangdong, i.e. Center for Foreign Language and Culture, Center for International Trade and Economics, Center for Translation Studies, and Research Institute of Cantonese Merchants; and one key research center for humanities and social sciences in Guangzhou—Research Institute of Guangzhou International Business and Trade Center. The University also boasts Guangdong Research Institute on International Strategies and Research Institute of International Services Outsourcing. GDUFS publishes four academic journals of national impact: Modern Foreign Languages, International Economics & Trade Research, Journal of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and Journal of Strategy & ecision-Making.
GDUFS attaches great importance to a full range of cooperation and exchanges in international education. To date, it has established cooperative ties with more than 190 universities and academic or cultural institutions in 32 countries or regions. In addition, the University has co-established three Confucius Institutes overseas at Sapporo University, Japan, Ural State University, Russia and Universidad Católica de Santa María, Peru.
GDUFS is fully equipped with advanced teaching facilities which are taking the lead among similar universities in the whole country. It boasts advanced campus network and management platforms, two provincial-level key labs and four provincial-level teaching demonstration centers, and a lab area totaling over 52,000 square meters. Covering a total area of 50,000 square meters, its libraries in the north and south campuses have a collection of 2.32 million hard-copy books, 1.7 million e-books, 3,114 domestic or foreign journals and 80 Chinese or overseas academic databases, providing network integrated management for book purchase, classification, cataloging, circulation and information search on library resources in 16 foreign languages. Its fixed assets stand at about 2.5 billion yuan.
The University adheres to the idea of “whole-person education and pursuit of excellence” and nurtures a campus culture of diversity, elegance and flexibility. It keeps pursuing substantive development, further reform and innovation and vigorously promotes the internationalization of education-- internationalization of teachers, students, research and management--in order to be a high-tier internationalized university with distinctive features and excellent quality and enjoying high social reputation.
(Statistics by October 31st, 2011)