University description (as per official university website)
Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology is situated in the southern seaside city, Maoming Municipality,Guangdong Province. Comrade Jaing Ze-min came to Maoming twice for inspection and wrote inscription: “Building Maoming into a beautiful modern seaside city.” Maoming is the biggest petro-chemical production base in South China as well as the largest fruits producer in China. Maoming University is developing very rapidly on this beautiful and fertile land.
In March, 2000, Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology was founded, on the basis of the former Guangdong Petrochemical College and Maoming Education College. Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology belongs to Guangdong Province under the joint management of province and the municipality but mostly the province supervises the universit
The former Guangdong Petrochemical College was founded in Guangzhou in 1954. In the course of over 50 years, the college experienced the vicissitude of several development periods such as Workers and Peasants Training Middle School affiliated to South China Engineering Institute (1954) Guangzhou Petroleum School under Petroleum Industry Ministry (1956), South China Petroleum Institute (1960), Central South Petroleum Institute (1961, and moved to Maoming from Guangzhou in 1965), Guangdong Petrochemical School (1975), Guangdong Petroleum School (1979, key technical secondary school at the national level), and Guangdong Petrochemical College (1985). In January, 1998, the supervision of the college was shifted from Sino-petrochemical Corp. to Guangdong Province. Since the college was turned into a university, Maoming University has grasped the golden opportunity of the rapid development of higher learning in China and Guangdong Province, focused on construction and promoting development heart and soul. In more than 6 years, the scale of the university has been constantly expanding, conditions of teaching and studying, the academic level is rising in a striking way, the social benefits are steadily upgraded and the leap development is realized.
Way back in 1960, in the period of South China Petroleum Institute, the institute ran 4 specialties of 5 years’ programs for undergraduates, such as oil refining, etc... In the fall of 1978, with the approval of Guangdong Province and the Ministry of Petroleum, the school ran 2 specialties for undergraduates, such as oil refining, etc. and brought up the qualified graduates of 4 years program. From 1990 on, the college had totally run 17 classes of 4 years’ program in 15 specialties such as chemical engineering, chemical machinery, etc... jointly and successively with East China University of Science and Technology, South China University of Science and Technology, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangdong University of Oceanography, Foshan College of Science and Technology and Zhanjiang Normal College. The above-mentioned background of higher learning for 4 years’ program accumulated experience for the university to independently run the undergraduate education.
In over 50 years, totally, the university has brought up over 40,000 graduates for the country. They are working in all the petrochemical enterprises in China as well as in schools at all levels in West Guangdong. Being technical and teaching backbones, they are very popular in their work.
At present, the university consists of 6 secondary colleges: College of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering, College of Chemistry and Life Science, Mechanical and Electrical College, College of Computer and Electronic Information, Normal College, College of Adult Education, as well as 5 departments directly under the university: Department of Economic Management, Department of Architectural Engineering, Department of Social Science, Department of Physical Education, and Art Department. They cover 7 disciplines, such as engineering, science, management, education, literature, law, history, etc. and 31 undergraduate specialties. The university enrolls students from 16 provinces (central municipalities and regions). Up to the end of June, 2006, the university possessed 9382 full time students. In 2004 and 2005, the employment rates of the graduates were respectively 97.6% and 96.8%.
The university campus covers an area of 654,000 square meters and its building area is 216,000 square meters. Its fixed assets are over 400 million yuan, including the total value of instruments for teaching and research 63.9148 million yuan with each single piece worth over 800 yuan. The library contains 971,200 books and 11 kinds of internet databanks. There are 12 experimental teaching centers and 22 laboratories. Among them, the Laboratory of Modern Telecommunications is the provincial key opening laboratory. The university information network center is one of the regional centers for education and research in Guangdong Province. The campus network has almost covered all the areas for teaching and management. “The construction of digital campus” has taken effect initially.
At present, the university has 1083 staffs. Among 537 teachers, there are 40 full professors, 172 associate professors. Teachers of advanced professional titles make up 39.48% and 207 teachers have degrees of masters and PhDs, making up 38.55% of the total number of teachers. 2 teachers have entered the “Thousand, Hundred and Ten Projects” in Guangdong higher learning institutions. The university has fostered 18 academic leaders. Since 2003, 2 teacher has been chosen as the national advanced workers and national excellent teachers, 16 teachers have won the glorious titles such as Rising Star of Teaching in South Guangdong, Excellent Teachers in South Guangdong, Excellent Educators in Province and City, as well as Labor Models, etc..
At present, the university has undertaken 35 research projects at both the national and provincial levels, and 60 research projects for cities and local enterprises. Research funds are 8.669 million yuan. The university had obtained 24 patents. These research results have been partly applied to production, which contribute a lot to the local economy and social development. The university has brought up 21 research students for master degree programs jointly with Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, ?Nanjing University of Information Engineering, Geological University of China, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, South China University of Tropical Agriculture, etc., which promotes the development of research at university.
With the improvement of the management level, the university pays great attention to the communications and cooperation with foreign universities with each passing day and has won initial achievements. At present, Maoming University has set up comprehensive partnership with Staffordshire University, Britain, and the cooperation will include teachers’ training, academic exchange, mutual visits of scholars, and exchanges of teachers and students.
At present, the university views the overall situation in the outlook of scientific development. With the help of assessment and construction, Maoming University will improve its image, expand its scale, constantly upgrade its management level and teaching quality, and endeavor to turn itself into a 4-years’ program university centered around teaching, with certain influence and position in the province and China, conspicuous advantages, striking petrochemical characteristics, and focusing on engineering.