Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University (GPNU) is a provincial comprehensive university authorized to confer bachelor and master degree. The University serves 20519 full-time students, more than 2,000 graduate students,over 300 international students. With the orientation of “facing, serving and leading vocational education”, the university’s mission is to train qualified teachers for vocational schools and talents for Guangdong province.
Founded in 1957 as Guangdong Institute for Nationalities, with an effort and mission to provide academic programs and training for leaders of ethnic minority groups, the university was renamed in 2002 as Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University. Guangdong Mechanical School, Guangdong Economic Management College and Guangdong Financial and Trade Management College merged successively into GPNU in 2002 and 2005. GPNU began to enroll undergraduates in 1977 and post-graduates in 2006 and overseas students in 2000.
GPNU is located in Guangzhou, a city with a long history and rich cultural legacy and the economic center in South China. The university owns four campuses with a total area of 102.5 hectares. The main campus and the West Campus are situated in Tianhe District, the center of Guangzhou city. The new campus and the North Campus are located in Baiyun District. The university enjoys wonderful surroundings featuring green trees,meadow, fresh air, lakes and favorable weather. It also enjoys convenient transportation. It takes no more than two hours to reach Hong Kong by train.
Since the establishment of GPNU, a large number of renowned scholars, such as Liu Bolian, Guo Xiaodong and Lin Lunlun have devoted to teaching and scholarship here, accumulating rich spiritual and cultural wealth for the University. It has 1400 teaching staff including 125 professors and 306 associate professors, with 281 having Doctor’s degree. Dozens of them were granted as national model teachers or national excellent teachers. During the past 3 years, we have undertaken 632 research projects and won more than 11 prizes at national, provincial, ministerial or municipal levels, and published 32 academic monographs, more than 30 textbooks and 1615 academic papers.
The University consists of 19 faculties with 63 specialties, covering 11 study areas including Engineering, the Sciences, Technology, Economics, Management, Law, Literature, Education, Nationality, the Arts and Music. It is home to three Category I discipline masters programs: Nationalities, Control Science and Engineering, Journalism and Communication, two national feature specialties, six provincial feature specialties, five provincial key disciplines. Communication and Information Systems (Category II discipline) has been authorized as The Pearl River Scholar Position. GPNU sponsors Tianhe College of Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University which is an independent privately-run secondary college. The university was accorded the qualification to confer master degrees in 2006.
Facilities and Research Institutes
GPNU is fully equipped with advanced teaching facilities which are taking the lead among similar universities in the whole country. The university has been chosen as the National College Students’ Culture and Quality Teaching Base, National Vocational Education Teachers Training Key Construction Base, National Training Institution for Shortage of Skilled Personnel, Skilled Personnel Training Base in Guangdong Province, Principal Training Center in Guangdong Provinces, Base for Further Study of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Guangdong Province and so on. It has an Industrial Training Centre, provincial key Virtual Electrical Engineering Exercise Laboratory,provincial Integration of Optical and Electrical Machinery Researching Laboratory and one Higher Vocational Technology and Digital Education Teaching Resource Centre. The total value of teaching and research facilities is worth about RMB 100 million. The library has a collection of over 2,400,000 books, 2000 different newspapers and periodicals in Chinese or foreign languages. It is also home to the Institute of Higher Education and Vocational Education, the Institute of Vocational Education Studies, Ethnic Studies, and many other scientific research institutes.
GPNU attaches great importance to a full range of cooperation and exchanges in international education. To date, it has established cooperative ties with colleges and universities from U.K., U.S.A., Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Finland, Spain, Poland, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. Students and teachers from countries in Asia, Europe, America and Africa enjoy studying and teaching in The University.
The University has been devoted to vocational education. It keeps pursuing substantive development, further reform and innovation and vigorously promotes the internationalization of education in order to be a multi-disciplinary, multi-level coordinated comprehensive university with distinctive features and excellent quality and enjoying high reputation.
(Statistics by May 31st, 2017)