About Guangdong Polytechnic Normal UniversityGuangdong University of Technology is located in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province and the centre of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. In 2006, the university was approved as a master’s degree authorising institution, and in 2021, it was approved as a university in Guangdong Province for the construction of a doctoral degree authorising institution. Riding on the economic and vocational education development advantages of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, the university has built a southern highland for the training of “dual-teacher” vocational education teachers in China; it is committed to serving the major strategic needs of industrial transformation and upgrading, and becoming a facilitator of the deep integration of industry and education in China.
Formerly known as Guangdong College of Nationalities, the university was founded in 1957 and its first president was the veteran revolutionary Comrade Luo Ming. It was one of the first general higher education schools in China to confer bachelor’s degrees; in 1998, it was transformed into a national independent vocational and technical teacher training institution with the main task of training vocational education teachers, and was renamed Guangdong Technical Teachers’ College in 2002. 2002 and 2005, the former Guangdong Machinery School, the former Guangdong Economic Management Cadre College and Guangdong Finance and Trade Management Cadre College were successively merged into it, and in 2018 The name was changed to Guangdong Technical Teachers’ University.
The university has five campuses, including East Campus, West Campus, North Campus, Baiyun Campus and Heyuan Campus, covering an area of 2,615 mu, with a building area of 900,000 square metres and a total teaching and administrative space of 444,500 square metres. The library has a construction area of 66,000 square meters, with a total paper collection of more than 2.3 million volumes, 5,726 Chinese and foreign language paper journals; about 1.12 million Chinese electronic books, and about 4.8 million Chinese and foreign language degree theses. There are 264 on-campus experimental and practical training facilities with a floor area of 117,300 square meters and a total value of 366 million yuan of teaching and research instruments and equipment; 14 experimental teaching demonstration centres in Guangdong Province, 273 off-campus professional practice teaching bases and 179 off-campus educational practice internship bases.
The university has eight major disciplines, including economics, law, education, literature, science, engineering, management and art, five provincial key disciplines, including ethnology, vocational and technical education, contemporary Chinese literature, control science and engineering, and mechanical engineering, three disciplines for Pearl River Scholars, including contemporary Chinese literature, communication and information system, and pattern recognition and intelligent system, and five provincial key disciplines, including education, ethnology, journalism, communication, and control science and engineering. The university has four master’s degree authorisation points in the first-level disciplines of education, ethnology, communication, and control science and engineering, and six master’s degree authorisation points in education, electronic information, machinery, energy and power, accounting, and journalism and communication. The university is the training unit for the admission of postgraduates in the “Master’s Degree for Vocational School Teachers”, “High-Level Backbone Talent Program for Ethnic Minorities” and “Retired Student Soldier Program” and the “Master of Education in Vocational Technical Education”. The university is also the pilot unit of the Master of Education in Vocational and Technical Education (M.Ed.V.T.E.) program and has 25 joint training bases for postgraduates in Guangdong Province. There are 1,182 full-time postgraduates and 272 part-time postgraduates.
The university has 24 secondary teaching units and 34,984 full-time undergraduate students; 74 undergraduate majors, including 35 science and technology majors, 39 arts majors and 36 teacher training majors; more than 70 national and provincial first-class undergraduate majors, pilot majors of comprehensive reform, majors of excellence training program and application-oriented demonstration majors; more than 90 national and provincial first-class undergraduate courses and online open courses. The university has built more than 90 national and provincial first-class undergraduate courses, online open courses, high-quality courses, model courses on curriculum thinking and government, and teacher education courses. The university has built a professional training system for high-quality “dual-teacher” vocational teachers and application-oriented talents, continuously innovated the talent training mode, continued to deepen the integration of industry and education, and established 10 industrial colleges; carried out in-depth innovation and entrepreneurship education, and was awarded the “Guangdong University Science and Technology Park The university has been granted the status of “Guangdong University Science and Technology Park” and “Guangzhou Science and Technology Enterprise Incubator”; it has carried out collaborative innovation strategic cooperation projects with local governments and industrial enterprises, and built 264 national and provincial-level practical teaching bases for university students with famous enterprises. In the past three years, students have won numerous awards in high-level academic competitions at home and abroad, such as the “Internet+”, “Challenge Cup” series of competitions and mathematical modelling competitions, winning more than 400 national awards and more than 900 provincial awards. The employment rate has been maintained at the forefront of similar colleges and universities for years. The university has been awarded the title of “Model School of Guangdong Province for Innovation and Entrepreneurship” by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and “Model School of Guangdong Province for Rule by Law”.
The university has a number of strong scientific research platforms, and has been selected as one of the research bases of the National People’s Committee of China (South China and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Research Base), one key laboratory of Guangdong Province (Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Intellectual Property Rights Big Data), three provincial-level think tanks (Vocational Education Development Research Centre, Ethnic Development Research Centre and Chinese Ethnic Community Research Institute), five key laboratories of Guangzhou The University has also established two key research bases in humanities and social sciences in Guangzhou, 13 engineering technology research centres in Guangdong Province, one international cooperation base, 13 research platforms of the Guangdong Provincial Education Department, and 10 research teams of the Guangdong Provincial Education Department. In addition, the university has established the Shunde Institute of Modern Vocational Education with the People’s Government of Shunde District, Foshan City and the Heyuan Research Institute with the People’s Government of Heyuan City. In the past three years, the school has received a total of 50 national natural science and national social science funds (33 in natural science and 17 in humanities and social science), of which 17 will be awarded in 2021; and 17 scientific research achievements awards at provincial and ministerial level or above (14 in natural science and 3 in humanities and social science), of which 4 will be awarded provincial science and technology awards in 2021.
The university has a team of teachers with high academic level and strong teaching ability, with 515 teachers with high and associate titles and 679 teachers with doctoral degrees. Among the teachers, there are double-appointed academicians, representatives of the 19th CPC National Congress, members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, winners of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, winners of the Chinese Patent Excellence Award, experts of the National Natural Science Foundation, national outstanding teachers, winners of the Women Inventor Excellence Award, outstanding talents of the new century of the Ministry of Education, national “teaching experts of ideological and political theory courses in colleges and universities “, the national “2019 propaganda ideology and culture youth talent”, the national “annual influence nominee of college ideological and political theory course teachers”, the national college counselor of the year, the national “Most Beautiful College Counselor”, Guangdong Outstanding Youth Fund Recipient, Guangdong Young Pearl River Scholar, Guangdong Special Support Program Young Cultural Talent, Science and Technology Innovation Young Top Talent, Guangdong “Sailing Plan” Talent, Guangdong Teaching Master, Guangdong Model Worker, Guangdong Famous Teacher of Ideological and Political Theory Course, Guangdong Excellent Teacher of South Guangdong Province (South Guangdong Teaching Talent), South Guangdong Excellent Educator, Provincial Training Subjects of “Thousands of Hundred and Ten Projects” of Guangdong Universities, Guangdong Excellent Young Teacher Training Subjects of Guangdong Universities, and other high-level talents.
The school has been selected by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Finance, the National People’s Committee and the Provincial Education Department as the “National Key Construction Training Base for Vocational Education Teachers” and “National Training Institute for Shortage of Skilled Talents”. “National Continuing Education Base for Professionals and Technicians”, “Vocational Education Teacher Training Centre of the State People’s Committee”, “Guangdong Highly Skilled Personnel Training Base” “Guangdong Secondary School Teacher Development Centre”, etc. The school is the chairman of Guangdong Hong Kong, Macao and Greater Bay Area Vocational Education Teacher Development Alliance, Guangdong Higher Vocational Technical Education Research Association, Guangdong Vocational Education Teacher Training Alliance, Sino-German Cooperation Vocational Education Teacher Training Alliance, and the chairman of Guangdong Industry-Education Integration Promotion Association. The university has been awarded the “National Model Group for National Unity and Progress” twice and the second batch of Guangdong Provincial Education Base for National Unity and Progress by Guangdong Minzu Zong Committee, which highlights the advantages and characteristics of the university’s ethnic education. The school has held more than 1,700 training courses for teachers at all levels, training headmasters, administrators and key professional teachers from secondary and higher vocational institutions across China more than 70,000 times.