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Status of School of Business

The School of Business (hereinafter, SoB) of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (hereinafter, GDUFS), traced back to 1982, is an outgrowth of the Department of Business Management of the former Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Trade. In May, 2001, GDUFS approved of the establishment of the School of Management, which was later merged with the Graduate School in 2014 to form the School of Business. Committed to a vision of growing into a high-level internationalized business school with distinctive features, the School aims to cultivate top business talents with an international vision as well as a core value of SMILE (Social Responsibility, Mutual Respect, Integrity, Learning by Doing and Entrepreneurship).

The School of Business offers a First-level Doctoral Program of Applied Economics co-established with  Economics and Management Division, GDUFS, two First-level Master’s Degree Programs of Business Administration and Management Science and Engineering, three Second-level Master’s Degree Programs of Business Management, Technology Economics and Management, and Tourism Management plus two Professional Master’s Degree Programs in Master of Business Administration and Master of Applied Psychology. The School also offers five undergraduate programs of Business Administration, Marketing, Human Resources Management and E-commerce.  International Innovation Class of Business Administration instructed in full English has been developed since 2014.

In 2012, the Business Administration discipline was listed as a provincial advantageous key discipline. In 2014, the School was selected as the innovation pilot area of Guangdong province on the talent training model of international innovation and business management. In 2015, MBA program attained AMBA accreditation. In 2016, Business Ethics and Social Responsibility was awarded National High-quality Video Public Course. Also, the School launched  EPAS accreditation and received EFMD membership. In 2017, the School launched AACSB accreditation and obtained its membership, also initiated CAMEA accreditation and successfully obtained the accreditation qualification. In the same year, MBA program was awarded Chinese Outstanding and Characteristic Program by Tencent, and the Business Administration discipline received the rating of B- in the fourth discipline assessment organized by Ministry of Education, with its subjects ranking top 30-40% in the whole nation. In 2018, The Design and Practice of “4+2” Training Model for Cultivating Global Business Talents won the first prize in Teaching Achievement Award of Guangdong Province (Higher Education), and the Business Administration discipline was approved to be a key discipline of High-Level University Construction Plan of Guangdong Province. The year of 2018 also witnessed the success of AMBA re-accreditation, EPAS accreditation qualification and the founding of Guangzhou Base of the Silk-Road Entrepreneurship Education Network in SoB.

The School of Business currently has 94 full-time teaching and administrative staff, among whom 70 are full-time teachers with 24 professors, 24 associate professors6 Yunshan Young Scholars and 3 international teachers. Seventy percent of faculty enjoys an overseas degree or education experience. The School has 2 Chief Experts from Yunshan Studio of GDUFS, 2 Yunshan Chair Professors of GDUFS and nearly 10 international teachers of long-term or short-term employment.Over 50 famous management experts, economists and entrepreneurs from home or abroad are involved as visiting professors or off-campus master supervisors. The School strives to build a faculty team with strong sense of innovation, great courage of practice, reasonable structure of education background and age, laying a solid teaching basis for constructing a first-class business school.

The School has several research centers, key research bases and teams for humanities and social sciences. Among them, Center for Latin America Studies is a regional and national research center registered in the Ministry of Education, and the GDUFS-Massey University Research Center on Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility is an international cooperative research center co-established by SoB and the School of business of Massey University in New Zealand. With enterprise internationalization as the key research direction of distinctive characteristics, the School has accomplished inspiring academic achievements. From 2011 to 2018, the School has published over 650 papers, among which over 100 have been retrieved or recorded by SSCI, SCI or EI Journals. During the same period, SoB has launched 19 national projects and 51 provincial projects. Moreover, teachers have published 88 monographs, textbooks or translated works. 27 of consulting reports have been adopted by the government, or whose scientific and technological achievements have managed to obtain patents.  

SoB has over 2,200 undergraduates, nearly 70 academic postgraduates and 400 MBA postgraduates. The School attaches great importance to develop students' abilities of innovation and entrepreneurship, practical application, critical thinking and cross-cultural communication. Students have been continuously receiving national awards at all levels of competitions and their employment rate has kept 100% for many years. Graduates are mainly engaged in the management of multinational companies, state-owned enterprises, foreign companies, financial and insurance firms, management consulting companies and governmental departments.

The School of Business actively promotes internationalization strategy. To date, it has established cooperative relationships with nearly 50 international famous universities and institutions like Arizona State University, University of Queensland, University of Lancaster, Grenoble Business School, and University of Santo Tomas. Cooperation areas cover joint research, teacher exchanges, student exchanges, double-degree programs for undergraduates and postgraduates, bachelor and master degree liaison, jointly hosting academic conferences and overseas study trips.

(Data sourced: up to January 26, 2019)

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