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release on:2019-05-04

Foshan University(FOSU), with a history over 60 years,located at Foshan – the core conjucture of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area known as “national historic and cultural city”, “national civilised city” and “national advanced manufacturing base”, is a high level institution of science and engineering in Guangdong province.She is numbered 284th among RUANKE ranking in terms of“the Best University in China”2019. 

Founded in 1958,the institution was stemmed from Foshan Normal College and South China Agricultural College, Foshan branch,whose name was changed Foshan Veterinarian School,then Foshan Agriculture and Animal Husbandry College successively,and was named after Foshan Normal School,baesd on which Foshan University was set up in February, 1986. The former joined FOSU in March 1995, when Ministry of Education (MoE) accredited her graduate degree programmes.Ten years later, with approval from Guangdong province government,she incoporated 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 accredited graduate degree programmes in 2013 and in Guangdong province scheme list of high level university of science and engineering in 2015. From then onwards,she became provincial post-doctoral innovating matrix and qualified for preparing doctoral degree programmes in 2017. 

With 647-acre campuses, namely, Xianxi located in Nanhai district, Jiangwan and Hebin in Chancheng district, FOSU covers a building area over 600,000 square metres, where she offers such multi-faceted programmes as doctoral training, postgraduate and undergraduate as well as further education, and admission is open to candidates from 14 provinces and municipalities.Currently, there are 17,489 full-time undergraduates, 494 postgraduates, 27 jointly recruited doctoral candidates, 4,575 part-time adults and 64 international students. By far, more than 160,000 outstanding alumni have been devoting themselves to all walks of life. Of all the 1,675 staff, 1,081 are full-time lecturers, among whom 542 have obtained doctors’ degree and 437 masters’. In terms of professional posts, 174 enjoy senior titles, 386 junior and 6 academicians.Regarding celebrated scientists, FOSU 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 set up 1 research platform composed of academicians, 25 nationally acknowledged talents – Yangtze River Scholars, national outstanding youth scholars out of “the Thousand Talents Programme”, for instance, and 26 provincially distinguished talents – Pearl River Scholars and New Century Excellent Talents out of the MoE programme, for example. Moreover, she has nurtured 2 national level experts and 4 Pearl River Scholars. 

Offering 68 graduate degree and 11 master degree programmes in such 10 disciplines as science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, law, economics, education, literature and art, FOSU runs 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, Stomatology (Medical Engineering), Humanities & Education, Economics & Law (IP Academy) as well as Marxism, 61.8% of which belong to science and engineering categories. Collaborating with local industries and enterprises, each of these schools has built up an Industry Faculty, serving innovative technology transfer. Currently, she has got 1 national as well as 17 provincial level college students’ off-campus practice base. In addition, she owns a series of provincial level divisions – 5 talent training and innovating experimental zones, 1 pilot school, 2 applied talent training demonstrating schools, 3 excellent talent training programmes, 10 provincial level teaching teams, 2 international talent training bases, 1 college students’ entrepreneurship base and 9 experiment teaching demonstrating centres, for instance. Offering 2 provincial level excellent courses, 7 key courses, and 14 high-grade open courses, FOSU has won 2 national level awards and 31 provincial level prizes.  

FOSU is vigorously carrying out innovation and entrepreneurship education, and has been certified a great number of such training programmes, among which 140 are at national level and 380 provincial. And students are keen on various kinds of social activities and contests. 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. Consequnetly, the overall employment rate of the graduates over the past three years maintains 99%+ and the self-employment rate remains 1% +, ranked the 97th among the national graduate employment rate list 2017. Proudly, she has obtained numerous titles, including the second batch of Innovation-Entrepreneurship-oriented Education Demonstration University in Guangdong Province, China Youth Entrepreneurship Community (Foshan) issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, University-Enterprise Joint Practice Base issued by MoE, National University Science Park Development Base, E-Class National Co-construction Demonstrating Division, and Guangdong E-Class Top Ten Development Centre, etc.  

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 achieved 1 national Hydrogen Energy Technology Standard Innovation Base (Foshan) designated by the Standardization Administration of the P.R.C. , 1 International Science and Technoilogy Cooperation Base for Environmental Membrane Biology, 2 key provincial laboratories, i.e., Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Molecular Design and Precision Breeding and Guangdong Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory , 2 provincial new R&D institutions, i.e., Foshan (Yunfu) Hydrogen Energy Industry Institute and New Materials Development Research Institute, 4 provincial industrial technology and innovation alliances, 35 provincial engineering technology and research centres, 2 Guangdong humanities and social science research bases, 5 engineering technology research (development) centres, 21 Foshan engineering and technology centres, and 33 Foshan science and technology innovation platforms. With tremendous efforts as such, she has concluded strategic cooperation agreements with 50 government departments and industries in Shunde District, Gaoming District and Qingyuan City. In cooperation with leading companies such as Midea Group, Skyworth Group and Haitian Group, she has established more than 220 joint centres for industry-university-research bases, 10 joint laboratories, 32 engineering technology centres, 5 industrialised demonstration bases and 10 synergistic innovation bases for industry-university-research cooperation. 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, including the U.K., the U.S., Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Finland and South Africa, and so on so forth. 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”, FOSU, strengthening her advantages, via path of “university + high-end research institutions + leading enterprises”, is in the pursuit of an innovative and high-level university of science and engineering.


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