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release on:2019-11-20

Foshan University(FOSU), with a history over 60 years, is a high level educational institution of science and engineering governed by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE), Guangdong province as well as Foshan city. Located in the city of Foshan, a renowned ancient town with ever-booming economic entity at the core conjunction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the university today covers a total area of 647 acres with 3 campuses, namely, Xianxi at Nanhai district as well as Jiangwan and Hebin at Chancheng district. She is numbered 284th according to ARWU ranking in terms of“the Best University in China”2019.

Founded in 1958, this institution was formerly known as Foshan Normal School when Foshan Normal College and Foshan branch of South China Agricultural College merged in. In February, 1986, she was officially named after Foshan University. In March 1995, she initiated graduate degree programmes.Ten years later, approved by Guangdong province government, she incorporated another two institutions, i.e., Foshan Health Vocation College and Foshan Education Vocation College. Upon permission from the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council, she was authorised to confer graduate degree programmes in 2013 and listed in the scheme of operating high level science and engineering universities in 2015, which Guangdong government endeavours strengthening higher education development. From then onwards, she became provincial post-doctoral innovating matrix and qualified for preparing doctoral degree programmes in 2017.

FOSU embraces diversified human resources. Of all the 1,739 staff, 1,158 are full-time lecturers, among whom 617 have obtained doctors’ degree and 661 masters’. In terms of professional posts, 520 enjoy senior titles, 320 junior and 6 academicians. Regarding celebrated scientists, she awards such Nobel Laureates as Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, Samuel Chao Chung Ting, George Fitzgerald Smoot III and Luc Montagnier honourary professorships. In addition, she has nurtured 31 national level specialists, 4 Pearl River scholars and 1 national research team composed of academicians and acknowledged talents. On 30th, Sep. 2019, Christopher John Guzy, one of her distinguished experts of hydrogen energy, was awarded the China Friendship Award.

FOSU has been multi-disciplinary with such majors as science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, law, economics, education, literature and art, covering 68 graduate degree and 11 master degree programmes run by 15 secondary schools, namely, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Automation, Electronics & Information Engineering, Mathematics & Big Data, Physics & Optoelectronic Engineering (Semiconductor & Optical Engineering), Material Science & Energy Engineering, Industrial Design & Ceramics Art, Food Science & Engineering, Life Science & Engineering, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Transportation & Civil Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Stomatology (Medical Engineering), Humanities & Education, Economics & Law (IP Academy) as well as Marxism. Collaborating with local industries and enterprises, each of these schools has built up an Industry Faculty, serving innovative technology transfer. Currently, there are 18,323 full-time undergraduates, 976 postgraduates (including 51 overseas), 30 jointly recruited doctoral candidates, 3,318 part-time adults and 149 international students. They are vigorously engaging themselves in innovation-entrepreneurship education and social activities, and have been certified a great number of such training programmes, among which 140 are at national level and 380 provincial. According to statistics from January 2015 to December 2018, they have won a total of 1,819 awards, 591 of which are at international as well as national level, and 1,228 provincial. By far, more than 160,000 alumni have been devoting themselves to all walks of life since her establishment.  

FOSU keeps in step with scientific research and cooperation by adhering to Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area as well as the global frontier. Take the following as illustrations: she has set up National Hydrogen Energy Technology Standard Innovation Base (Foshan) designated by the Standardization Administration of the P.R.C. , International Science and Technoilogy Cooperation Base for Environmental Membrane Biology, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Molecular Design and Precision Breeding, Guangdong Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory , Foshan (Yunfu) Hydrogen Energy Industry Institute & New Materials Development Research Institute, etc.. With tremendous efforts as such, among higher education institutions in Guangdong province, FOSU ranked the second for her contribution to local social and economic development over the six consecutive years from 2012 to 2017. She is also the winner of China Industry-University-Research Cooperation and Innovation Award over 4 consecutive years from 2015 to 2018, and therefore she gained the title of Industry-University-Research Integration and Innovation Institution in Guangdong Annual Education Honorary List,2017.

FOSU attributes great importance to pursuing a global development of cross-cultural education and has been carrying out extensive international exchanges and cooperation with more than 60 universities and research institutes over 20 countries and regions. Actions are taken to carry out multifaceted talent training, academic exchanges and scientific research cooperation to enhance academic orientation through international cooperation. At the same time, she has been effortlessly assigning visiting scholars to foreign countries and introducing overseas talents, orientating her faculties with global perspectives.

Based on traditions she achieves new inventions, and by daring to climb up the mountains she travels afar. Sticking to the orientation of “from the local, for the local and ahead of the local”. Strengthening her advantages, via path of “university + high-end research institutions + leading enterprises”, FOSU is in the pursuit of an innovative and high-level university of science and engineering.

Statistics as of November, 2019


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