|GuangdongUniversity of Foreign Studies|
GuangdongUniversity of Foreign Studies
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) is one ofthe prestigious universities in China which specializes in internationalstudies and one of the key institutions of higher learning in GuangdongProvince in South China. The University was established in June 1995 throughthe merger of Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages and Guangzhou Instituteof Foreign Trade. The former, one of three institutes of foreign languages inthat era (the other two being Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages andShanghai Institute of Foreign Languages) under the direct jurisdiction of theState Education Commission (presently Ministry of Education), witnessed itsestablishment in the year 1965. The latter was founded in 1980, and was one ofthe four institutions of international trade directly under Ministry of ForeignTrade and Economic Cooperation (presently Ministry of Commerce).
The University is situated in Guangzhou, a city with a longhistory and rich cultural legacy and the economic hub in South China. It boaststhree campuses, namely North Campus, South Campus and Dalang Campus, with atotal area of 145 hectares. The North Campus, which covers an area of 55hectares, is located at the northern foot of Baiyun Mountain; the South Campus,with an area of 73 hectares, is situated in Guangzhou Higher Education MegaCentre in Panyu District, Guangzhou; and Dalang Campus, having an area of 17hectares, lies in Dalang, Baiyun District of Guangzhou. With fine surroundingsfeaturing green trees, crystal streams, scenic bridges and fresh air, theUniversity can well serve as an ideal place for teaching, learning andresearch.
Currently the University offers 52 undergraduate majors in19 faculties and departments, which fall into 7 disciplines, namelyliterature, economics, management, law, engineering, science and education.Even as early as 1981, the University (then Guangzhou Institute of ForeignLanguages) already had the qualification to confer MA degrees, and in 1986 itbecame eligible to award doctoral degrees. The University stands among thosewhich enjoy such qualification and eligibility ever since the country resumedthe postgraduate education programs. Presently the University has onePost-doctoral Research Station, and offers one Category I discipline PhDprogram, six Category II-discipline PhD programs, one Category I discipline MAprogram, twenty two Category II discipline MA programs and two ProfessionalMaster’s Degree Programs. Of all the degree programs offered to the students,six are listed as key disciplines at the provincial level and one at thenational level, and five typical major construction programs are supervised bythe Ministry of Education. Altogether, there are eight undergraduate educationprograms recognized as distinguished at the provincial level.
The University possesses advanced teaching facilities and asound educational environment with fixed assets totaling RMB 2 billion yuan andwith a laboratory area totaling 52,000 square meters. Its two newly-builtlibraries at the North and South campuses cover an area of 50,000 square meterswith over 1.8 million books, 3,237 domestic or foreign periodicals or journalsand 26 Chinese or foreign language network databases. In addition, the library hasestablished an IT application-oriented academic information service systemfeaturing flexible modes of service, advanced means of management anddistinctive collections of books.
Presently, the University has a teaching staff of 1,016,among whom 45.1% are full or associate professors and 84.1% are master ordoctoral degree holders. In addition, it employs over 70 visiting professorsand over 60 long-term foreign experts, many of whom have even become leaders ofcertain academic organizations at the national, provincial or municipal levels,editors or designated contributors of authoritative international journals intheir specialized fields, or advisors of government organs at all levels or ofcertain institutions of higher learning or enterprises. It now has over 20,000full-time students, among whom over 1,000 are MA or PhD students. In addition,it enrolls other types of students including self-taught students, refreshercourse students, students who receive training and foreign students learning Chinese,the number of which is over 10,000.
The University attaches great importance to, and activelyconducts, academic and cultural exchanges with overseas institutions. Atpresent, it has established links with 123 universities, academic institutionsor cultural organizations in such countries and regions as the United States ofAmerica, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Australia,Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea,Chile, Cuba, Peru, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao SpecialAdministrative Region and Taiwan.