Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University (NFSYSU) is a private college co-founded by Sun Yat-sen University and Guangdong Pearl River Investment Inc. and accredited by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in 2006. NFSYSU is a full-time and application-oriented higher education institution, and it was awarded as one of the provincial pilot institutions leading the application-oriented reform in undergraduate education in 2016.
The campus, located in Conghua District of Guangzhou, is known as “Pearl on the Tropic of Cancer” and “Urban Paradise of Guangzhou”. It covers an area of 1,092 mu (about 180 acres). Since its foundation in 2006, NFSYSU has developed into a modern comprehensive college which offers a supportive and sound teaching and learning environment as well as a variety of recreational facilities. The campus has a charming landscape with verdant surroundings featuring fresh air and lush vegetation, which well serves as an ideal place for learning, teaching and research.
The library covers an area of 29,100 square meters with a collection of more than 1.55 million paper books and more than 1 million e-books. The library enjoys free access to the e-library of Sun Yan-sen University, which includes 68,375 Chinese e-periodicals, 52,123 e-periodicals in foreign languages, over 1.54 million Chinese e-books, 559,800 foreign e-books, the Superstar Mobile Library, the Bookan e-Database as well as the XOPAC CD materials. Currently, our digital library is taking shape. To accommodate the growth of increase in users and fully meet their needs, the library has initiated a model of 24-hour service.
Currently, NFSYSU comprises 10 schools or departments with 42 undergraduate majors offered, featuring management, economics and literature and supplemented by engineering, science, medicine and art. Now there are a total of 19,574 undergraduates and 2,300 continuing education students.
In 2019, the College's Accounting major was selected as one of the first national first-class undergraduate major construction sites, E-commerce was selected as the first provincial first-class undergraduate major construction site, and Financial Engineering has obtained the accreditation of CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute and successfully joined the Global University Alliance Program. NFSYSU has won the first prize of Education and Teaching Achievement Award of Guangdong province (higher education), and obtained the special funds of "Innovation and Strengthening Project for Higher Education" and “Private Education” in Guangdong province.
The College is dedicated itself to discipline and scientific research construction. Achievements include but not limited to: 2 provincial experimental teaching demonstration centers, 4 provincial specialty programs, 6 provincial college students practice teaching bases, 3 provincial teaching teams, 7 provincial excellent resource sharing courses, 1 provincial strategic emerging industry specialty project, 7 provincial comprehensive reform pilot projects, 6 provincial experimental areas for talent training mode innovation, 1 provincial applied talent development demonstration program, 1 provincial key program, 2 provincial key disciplines, 1 provincial outstanding talent development project, 4 college-level experimental teaching demonstration centers, 5 college-level key disciplines, 14 college-level teaching teams, 6 college-level projects on key program construction, 10 college-level specialty program construction projects, 21 professional application-oriented courses, 20 college-level quality courses and several high-quality college students practice teaching bases. Additionally, the College has established 22 scientific research institutions at the college or department levels such as Financial Markets and Kinetics Strategy Research Center, as well as 1 college-level scientific research team.
The College has undertaken 3 national projects, 132 provincial-level ones, 63 horizontal ones, with the total funding up to 27.135 million yuan. Since 2013, our teaching faculty have published 1,345 academic articles. Among them, 280 items of articles have been included by SCI, SSCI, EI, TSSCI and other high-profile international indexes. As a result, NFSYSU ranks in the forefront among the private colleges nationwide in terms of published research. Moreover, the students have won nearly 1,000 provincial and above awards in various competitions.
The College pushes forward the strategy of “invigorating Nanfang College through human resource development”. In order to build an energetic and multi-tiered team of high-quality teachers with a global vision, we have engaged distinguished scholars from all corners of the world, including teachers from Sun Yat-sen University, graduates with master's or doctor’s degrees from "985" and "211" universities, outstanding teachers from America, Britain, France, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and experienced senior business management personnel and competent technical professionals with overseas study or relevant work experience.
We are proud that the College today has 1198 teachers and distinguished scholars including 13 Ph.D supervisors, 2 New Century Excellent Talents (NCET) of the Ministry of Education, 1 Guangdong High-level Personnel of Special Support Program, 1 Star Teacher of Guangdong Institutions of Higher Learning, 4 recipients of South Guangdong Excellent Teacher Awards, 1 teacher of Guangdong Outstanding Teaching Achievement Award, 1 teacher of the Training Program for Outstanding Young Teachers of Guangdong Institutions of Higher Learning, 34 young and mid-aged domestic visiting scholars, 2 Outstanding Educator and 4 Outstanding Teacher of Guangdong Private Colleges and Universities.
Recruiting outstanding staff to promote excellence in teaching and learning, research, and knowledge exchange is one of the College’s top priorities. In recognizing that having staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences contributes to the intellectual and multicultural vibrancy of NFSYSU, we actively recruit academic talents from across the country, for example, Pro. Xia Shuzhang, Pro. Huang Tianji, Pro. Chen Pingyuan as academic consultants, 7 influential scholars (or professors) like Ba Shusong, Ren Jiantao, Zhang Jun, Zhong Mei, Tan Jinsong, Wang Zhemin and Chen Shuheng as adjunct professors. Since 2014, tens of hundreds of PhDs from world-renowned universities such as University of Oxford, Harvard University, Tsinghua University, Peking University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong have been hired. Furthermore, NFSYSU is among the first universities in the Mainland to introduce a large quantities of PhDs from Taiwan.
NFSYSU adheres to its core value “aim higher, be more distinctive, be more open-minded”, keeps to its mission to nurture innovative applied talents of the highest caliber for local economic construction and social development, and constantly advances education reform. In accordance with the talent training mode of “promising employability, solid foundation, proficiency, extensive abilities, employment-oriented development”, the College attaches great importance to cultivating well-qualified talents with practical skills.
The College has been implementing the policy of Unconditional Major Transferring since 2013. In 2015, it initiated a full credit-oriented system, being one of the pilot institutions in Guangdong. The College embraces a student-oriented educational principle of tailoring teaching and learning to students' needs. In this way, it has succeeded in the transformation from school planning and control to students' self-selection with respect to the allocation of teaching resources, and has established an educational platform that respects students’ diverse growth, and suits the needs of social development.
The curriculum system and teaching model of the College is distinguished by a “trinity” educating principle, namely, strengthening students’ ideological and political education and general education, carrying out students’ self-learning practice under full-time teachers’ and counsellors’ guidance so as to form a multi-dimensional education system for cultivating students, which is more conducive to the improvement of students’ comprehensive abilities and personal attributes.
In order to accommodate social needs, the College launched diverse talent development programs, such as Institute of Politics & Business Studies, ACCA and CGA pioneering classes, Applied Economics Talents Innovation of Pioneering Class, Pearl River Excellent Engineers Training Specialty Class. Through the combination of various training in pioneering classes, tailored instruction and international education, a distinctive “top applied talents” development platform and system have been established.
NFSYSU insists on the concept of internationalization of higher education, thus actively engaging in international education cooperation and the introduction of foreign education resources. By implementing programs such as short-term exchange programs, winter and summer programs, master’s programs, and dual degree programs, the College has established a relationship with more than 20 renowned universities and colleges worldwide, for instance, University of Washington, the University of New Mexico, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Oxford University, University of Hull, Edinburgh Napier University, Business & Hotel Management School, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics. Altogether, more than 300 NFSYSU students have gone abroad to pursue their studies.
Over the past fourteen years, NFSYSU has been enhancing the school-running performance. As a result, its graduate employment rate has exceeded 93%, the graduates enjoy a good reputation in the job market and a high social recognition. The College has won the following awards: Outstanding Contribution Award of Guangdong Private Education, High-Impact Private College in China, and Chinese Private College with the Most Distinctive School-Running Mode. NFSYSU was honored with the titles of “Six-Star Private College in 2020” and “Top Private College in China” by cuaa.net, ranking the second in Guangdong Province and the fifth nationwide. Besides, it won the award “2019 High-Impact Private College” in the Summit for Education by cctv.com.
NFSYSU is ambitious to scale new heights in the years ahead. With the solid foundation laid for NFSYSU, we are forging ahead with determination, innovative development philosophy, truth-seeking and pragmatic spirit to enter the national first-tier of private universities step by step. We will continue to do our job well through collective efforts and we look forward to more innovation, new opportunities and greater accomplishments in the future development of the College.