Introduction to Guangdong Baiyun University (baiyunU) (in English) (in Chinese)


Guangdong Baiyun University is a full-time undergraduate institution committed to cultivating students with solid knowledge and practical capabilities and striving for excellence in application-oriented education and research. It has its root in Guangzhou Baiyun College of Applied Technology, which was initially founded in 1989. A decade’s flourishing development and upgrading earned its official recognition by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in 1999. In 2005, it was renamed Guangdong Baiyun University (shortened as BaiyunU).

BaiyunU boasts two campuses. The West Campus is situated in Jianggao Town and the North Campus in Zhongluotan University Town, both in Baiyun District of Guangzhou, with a total enrollment of over 33,000 full-time students from major parts of China and more than 1,900 teaching and administrative staff. Both campuses are equipped with e-campuses with gigabit nets, libraries with a total stock of 2.94 million book collections and digital resources, sophisticated laboratories as well as cutting-edge smart classrooms, innovation studios and student workshops, which total over 440. It takes pride in its admirable sports and living facilities. Staff and students have easy access to the standard plastic track-and-field grounds, gymnasiums, tennis courts, basketball arenas, rock climbing gyms and other out-of-door facilities. All dormitories are furnished with water heater, air conditioner and broadband internet access, which combine to create a convenient and comfortable living environment.

A well-developed multi-disciplinary education system is put in place now for BaiyunU’s 16 secondary colleges to deliver 61 programs of undergraduate studies, which cover a wide range of academic areas involving science, engineering, management, economics, arts as well as education, languages and cultures, and to take advantage of cutting-edge teaching, learning and experimental platforms. Its remarkable academic performance is manifest in the government award of China’s Top Ten Private Universities in 2010 among nearly 800 of the same category. It features 3 provincially cultivated key disciplines, 6 provincial-level platforms for scientific research, 15 provincial superior/featured bachelor programs, 6 provincially cultivated first-class bachelor programs, 25 provincial first-class courses, 4 provincial demonstrative centers for experimental teaching, and 1 provincial platform for collaborative education of application-oriented talents, to name just a few.

Over the years, BaiyunU has been trying its best to aim higher by adopting four strategies of development. First, it sticks to enhancing innovative connotation by continuously strengthening capabilities and heightening levels of its teaching, research, staff and administration. Strenuous efforts have been made to achieve “four heights” in course teaching, academic performance, administrative records and social influences. The “3+1” mode of teaching and internships, for example, has been put into operation for years in collaboration with industrial leaders and meticulously selected enterprises. As a result, 12 industry-integrated teaching units, 18 exemplary bachelor programs, 72 jointly developed courses, 1,355 practical teaching bases, 10 platforms for stimulating students’ innovation and entrepreneurship, 1 provincial platform for collaborative education and many others have all played a prominent role in student cultivation and their career development. BaiyunU is awarded the title of “Exemplary Institution of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education for Colleges and Universities” in Guangdong Province.

Second, it sticks to integrating education and industries by linking talent cultivation and industrial frontiers, competence building and experimental opportunities, innovation chains and social services. Between 2020 and 2023 only, BaiyunU students won 379 national awards and 1,987 provincial awards, published 135 academic papers in the name of the first author, and successfully registered 61 patents. BaiyunU remains the most competitive in terms of student employment in South China, with the initial employment rates standing steadily above 96% and the employer satisfaction rate above 95%.

Third, it sticks to cooperating internationally. By actively pursuing the strategic internationalization of education, BaiyunU has extensively engaged in international exchange and cooperation. Currently, it has forged close ties with over 30 universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Japan and South Korea, such as The University of Technology, Sydney, The University of Western Australia, etc. A good number of international projects are under way, including staff and student exchanges, mutual recognition of credits for degree programs, bachelor and master joint programs, and direct undergraduate-to-master’s pathways. It is our firm commitment to provide our staff and students with international opportunities, experience and resources as much as possible.

Finally, it sticks to developing itself through digital empowerment. Digital technologies and resources have been employed in all levels of administration, staff training, classroom teaching, academic research and other campus activities. In so doing, BaiyunU has been awarded the title of “Top Ten Private Universities in Guangdong Province” for a long succession of years. It was selected and recognized early in 2016 as one of the “Pilot Universities for Application-oriented Transformation and Development” in Guangdong Province.

As a pioneer in private university education and a founding member of the Alliance of Chinese Universities (Colleges) of Applied Technology, BaiyunU is acclaimed as the “vanguard” and “banner” of private higher education in China. Over the past years, as in 2023 alone, BaiyunU was rated as the first-class application-oriented university in China by Airuishen Alumni Network Ranking of Chinese Universities, and ranked on top of the “Shanghai Consultancy Ranking of Private Universities in China” list.

 (updated in July 2024)

△ 16 colleges and 61 bachelor programs

College of Intelligent Manufacture Engineering

College of Electrical and Information Engineering

mechanical design, manufacturing and automation

mechanical and electronic engineering

robotics engineering

intelligent manufacturing engineering

electronic information engineering

communication engineering


electrical engineering and automation

artificial intelligence

integrated circuit design and integrated system

College of Big Data and Computer Science

College of Architecture and Engineering

computer science and technology

data science and big data technology

information management and information system

software engineering

internet of things engineering

virtual reality technology


civil engineering

engineering cost

engineering management

urban and rural planning

landscape architecture

College of Applied Economics

College of Accounting

international economy and trade


economic statistics

digital economy



financial management

College of Business Administration

College of Art and Design

business administration

logistics management

human resource management


cross border e-commerce

social work

art and technology


visual communication design

environmental design

product design

Ji Wenbo College of International Fashion Design

College of Media

fashion design and engineering

clothing and accessories design

Performance (fashion show)


network and new media

digital media art

broadcasting and hosting art

Radio and Television Directing

Performance (theatrical performance)

College of Education

College of Foreign Studies

Chinese language and literature

applied psychology

preschool education

primary education


Business English



College of Physical Education

College of Marxist Study

leisure sports

social sports service and guidance

Huawei ICT College

International College

internet of things engineering

 (*Huawei Hongmeng Innovation Class)

communication engineering

 (*Huawei 5G Innovation Class)

computer science and technology

(*Huawei Kunpeng Cloud Innovation Class)

articulation programs

and other potential cooperative programs

in areas of mutual interest

△ 4 provincial schools of industry

Shuguang School of Big Data Industry

(*listed as “Top Ten Exemplary Schools of Industry in Guangdong Province”)

School of Digital Intelligent Manufacturing Industry

(*listed as “Guangdong Provincial Key Project of the Integration of Industry and Education”)

Zhuozhi School of Cross-border E-commerce Industry

(*listed as “Guangdong Provincial Key Project of the Integration of Industry and Education”)

Baiyunhong School of Big Data Industry

(*listed as “Guangdong Provincial Key Project of the Integration of Industry and Education”)

△ 3 provincially cultivated key disciplines

Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation

Business Administration

Design Art

△ 6 provincial platforms for scientific research

The Technical Development Center for Engineering of Prefabricated Building

with Thin-Walled Light-Steel Structure

Guangdong Research Center for Engineering Technology

of Clean Vegetable Freshness Preservation Packaging Equipment

Guangdong Low Code Platform Engineering Technology Development Center

The Research Center for Pearl River Delta Urban-Rural Coordinated Development

and Social Governance (*also listed as a provincial think-tank)

Guangdong Institute for Rural Revitalization Policies

The Private Education Research Base Sponsored by Guangdong Academy of Education

△ 6 provincially cultivated first-class bachelor programs

mechanical design, manufacturing and automation

civil engineering

electronic information engineering

logistics management

product design

Fashion Design and Engineering

△ overseas partner universities

in USA

in UK

The University of California, Irvine

University of North Alabama

Midwestern State University

University of Plymouth

Middlesex University

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Richmond, The American International University in London

in Canada

The Algonquin College of

 Applied Arts and Technology

in Germany

in Australia

Hochschule für Angewandte Sprachen (University of Applied Languages)

Hochschule der bildenden Künste Essen

Fachhochschule des Mittelstands

The University of Technology Sydney

The University of Western Australia

Murdoch University

King’s Own Institute

in Japan

in South Korea

Okayama Shoka University

Wonkwang University

Busan University of Foreign Studies

in Thailand

University of The Thai Chamber of Commerce

in Malaysia

Lincoln University College, Malaysia

in Taiwan, China

Shu-Te University

Chaoyang University of Technology

Lunghwa University of Science and Technology

Chinese Culture University