Guizhou University is the only key university in Guizhou prioritized to develop itself in line with the criteria of the "211 Project" . Its predecessor, Guizhou Institute of Higher Learning, was founded in 1902, in September 2005, it was approved to be one of the key "211 Project" universities.
The university consists of 20 colleges and 3 public education departments. Presently, the total number of full-time students is 32,152, which inculdes 25,053 undergraduates, 4,360 graduates with 123 as PhD candidates, and 52 overseas students. Up to now, it has cultivated over 150,000 graduates in various fields.
Guizhou University always places importance on developing international cooperation and exchanges. So far, the University has established cooperative and exchange relations with more than 40 academic institutions in such countries and regions as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom., Australia, France, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macao, etc.
To maintain and develop these relations, Guizhou University receives visitors from these institutions and other areas. During the past three years, over 300 have been sent to such countries as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Thiland, France, Japan, and Korea for academic exchanges. The university has hosted more than 700 guests including celebrities like John D. Negroponte, Clark T. Randt Jr, Wu Jingguo and Zeng Yinquan. More than 200 scholars have come to the university and given lectures, among whom were Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner for economics and professor of University of Columbia, and Leonard F. Lindoy, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Australia and professor of Sydney University. The university has hosted over 20 international academic conventions and conferences.
The University has engaged foreign teachers and experts for teaching, lecture tours and academic exchange meetings. It has also enrolled oversea students from different countries to study Chinese and other courses in degree and non-degree academic programs. Through sending teachers and researchers overseas to study and research collaboratively with the foreign counterparts, degree study, or attending international academic workshop, Guizhou University has been better known worldwide.
Therefore the progress of internationalization has been accelerated. Embracing international cooperation and friendship, Guizhou University cherishes this same ideal with its foreign counterparts, and makes great efforts for mutual development. Day by day, the university provides a more ideal and satisfactory platform for numerous students to conduct their studies, for experts and scholars to deliver their lectures, and for researchers to been engaged in their undertakings.
Figuratively speaking, Guizhou University is getting out of the surrounding mountains and gearing itself along international standards. It’s aiming to fulfill its dream of becoming one of the leading universities in the country, taking great strides to rejuvenate the Guizhou Province.
Pursuing its goal of becoming an even higher-level university for those at home and abroad, the university is reaching to grasp the mantle of academic leadership in western China. Guizhou University’s vision of the future is well grounded in the successes of its past in meeting the challenging of its own 100 plus year history.