Guangzhou College of Commerce
Guangzhou College of Commerce (GCC), formerly Zengcheng College of South China Normal University, is the first independent private college in Guangdong Province. GCC was established in 1998 and enrolled students in 1999. Starting 2002, it has enrolled full time undergraduate students. GCC is the first private college of this kind in Guangdong. It was approved in 2011 by Academic Degrees Committee of Guangdong Province to issue Bachalor’s Degree. In 2002 and 2012, GCC was approved by The Ministry of Education of China to cooperate with Australia and US colleges and Universities respectively for dual degree education. GCC is at the forefront of international cooperation and exchanges among its Chinese peers.
In 2013, GCC proposed to become an undergraduate institution and applied to The Ministry of Education, which sent a group of experts there to conduct a comprehensive study, particularly in the areas of campus size and environment, teaching equipment, faculty and quality of students, etc. The experts agreed that the college has excellent facilities, quality education, good code of conduct for high education, and meets the socio-economic development needs of Guangzhou. On May 16, 2014, the Ministry of Education sent a letter to People’s Government of Guangdong Province and approved the change to Guangzhou College of Commerce from Zengcheng College of South China Normal University. (Education letter  No. 134)
In the last 15 years, our college has upheld the fine traditions of South China Normal University, adhered to education philosophy of “internationalization and openness” and treasured the spirits of “truth seeking, integrity, sincerity”. Presently, our college has a total of 10 secondary college education units, 22 undergraduate majors which center on economics and management, but with literature, law, engineering, technologies, arts and other disciplines built around it. We now have 10,000 full time undergraduate students.
Guided by the theoretical system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, GCC adheres to the principles of “personal growth and moral development”. Our college promotes students’ moral, intellectual, physical, and aesthetic development in an effort to service the economic and social development of the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region and Guangzhou. We are leading the new trend of private higher education reform and development and exploring new models of Chinese high-level application-oriented private university. We have been making concerted efforts to accomplishing our goals of building an open and global undergraduate university with its comprehensive strengths and distinctive features and having a greater influence on economic and social development in Guangzhou Pan-Pearl River Delta region.
Our college inherits the fine traditions of “Rigorous Learning, Truth Seeking and Innovation” of South China Normal University, tirelessly pursuing and exploring the best mechanisms and avenues for private higher education. We form our own educational philosophy and propose the development of “application-oriented, international, open” college characteristics. Our implementation of the “One Body with Two Wings” talent development model is aimed at training through an education system that focuses on producing high level application-based professionals. Our college actively explores international education models, focusing on the introduction of high-quality foreign educational resources, university-wide cooperation with foreign universities in faculty, students and academic exchanges. Our college centers on the education of talents and professionals. It focuses on character building and pushes forward the education reform so that the standard of teaching as well as the quality of talents steadily improve. In recent years, our students have participated in the national “Challenge Cup” series of competitions, the International Robotics Competition, National Electronic Design contest and others and received more than 100 national, provincial and ministerial awards, several hundred students have become the award winners. A large number of high-quality application-oriented talents with good moral character ,optimized knowledge structure, solid theoretical basis, practical ability, broad global vision have emerged.
GCC Campus covers nearly 1,000 acres with a total construction area of over 300,000 square meters, has 8 experimental training teaching centers which include 23 public computer rooms, 73 specialized labs, 12 languages labs and more than 150 off-campus internship bases. We boast a collection of more than 60 million yuan worth of teaching equipment and 1.63 million books and publications of different types. Teaching building, library and multimedia classrooms all provide students with a comprehensive and ideal learning environment. Campus network with 8G bandwidth has covered the whole college and we are planning to build a wireless network covering the entire campus. Swimming pools, tennis courts, and gyms inside the sports complex are ideal fitness training locations for teachers and students. Teachers’ apartments, student housing, banking, supermarket, school hospital provide comfort, convinience and safety for students and faculty to work, study and live comfortably. The whole campus dotted with lakes and hills, water, trees and flowers provides for an ideal environment to study and live in.
GCC is located in Guangzhou Development Zone (Luogang District), more than 30 kilometers away from Guangzhou city. It is at the core of the ” New Guangzhou Knowledge City”. Guangzhou Development Zone is China’s most powerful and comprehensive national development zones and the window of reform in Guangzhou city. There are 111 Fortune 500 multinationals & manufacturers investing in the zone. “New Knowledge City” was established as a result of cooperation between Guangdong Province and Singapore, spearheading the national strategic projects in industrial transformations and upgrades. These geopolitical advantages provide excellent external conditions for education of professionals and student employment. Through the training of high quality application-oriented talents to meet the direct needs of Guangzhou Development Zone and New Guangzhou Knowlege City, GCC will be the garden of high end professionals, innovation platorm center, and the propeller to regional economic and social development..
Achievements & honors
In the past fifteen years, GCC has trained more than 20,000 talents of all kinds for our country. College graduates are well received by society and employers, enjoying the employment rate of more than 95%. In 2011, after it was reviewed by the Academic Degrees Committee of Guangdong Province on its merits, the right to issue bachelor’s degree was granted to GCC. It continuously improves social reputation, has won the honorary titles of National Advanced School of independence, Guangdong Province Top Ten Independent Institute, Guangdong Province Top 10 Employability and competitiveness of Private Universities. GCC is based in Guangzhou, the Pearl River Delta, serving the regional industries, upholding the fine traditions of South China Normal University’s school “Rigorous Learning, Students Based”, highlighting the development of “application-oriented, international, open” school characteristics. GCC is making every effort in developing itself into an influential higher education institution in China.