The University is jointly established and supervised by Guangdong Provincial Government and Foshan City, Government with the core administration focused on the municipal level. Founded in 1958, the University was a merger between its predecessor and Foshan College of South China Agricultural University. After acquiring Foshan Medical College and Foshan College of Education in 2005, Foshan University has been developing into a well-structured multidisciplinary university with a full range of specialties and experiencing ever since rapid growth. In 2007, the University passed the national teaching assessment for bachelor’s degree programs with high mark. In 2010, the University was accredited to confer Master Degree by the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council.
The university has currently four campuses including home campus, Northern campus, Hebin Road campus, and Tongji West campus, covering a land area of 2,210.7 acres, with a total construction area of 345,400 square meters. There are ten schools across campuses: Literature & Art School, Law & Politics School, Science School, Mechatronics & Information Engineering School, Environment & Civil Engineering School, Life Science School, Business School, Medical School, Education Science School, faculty of Physical Education.
The institute currently have 46 bachelor’s degree programs and 7 three-year associate degree/diploma programs are offered to 13,284 full-time students (12,218 undergraduates, 1066 diploma students). 1,485 staff members work for the University, of which 812 are teaching staff (108 with senior academic titles, 318 with associate senior academic titles, 152 PhD holders, 351 Master’s Degree holders, and over 78 teachers having overseas education and/or working experience). The University also invites and appoints foreign experts and visiting professors. The world well-known scientists such as Dr. Yang Zhenning, Dr. Samuel C. C. Ting, and many others are honorary professors of Foshan University.
The university has close linkage with local socio-economic development needs, the mission of Scientific Research Department at university is to support the development and dissemination of new knowledge in a national- and provincial-level research environment.strive to establish and advance distinctive and intellectually stimulating collaborations among faculty, students, research partners, industry and clients. FSU has developed into a multidisciplinary university that has strong social influence at the provincial and national level in the field of preventive veterinary medicine, animal genetics, breeding and reproduction, mechanical manufacturing and automation, applied mathematics, civil engineering, literature & art, and Stomatology. Since 2006, the institute has undertaken 11 National Natural Science Funds projects, 1 National Social Science Funds projects, 10 National Spark Plan projects, 3 international cooperative projects, 103 provincial projects, over 700 local and social cooperative projects with a total funding of RMB 65.4 million. To promote a multi-disciplinary university, university will focus its development on featured engineering disciplines appropriate for local mainstay industry. With the mission to enhance FSU research competitiveness, the University is set to distinguish itself in the disciplines of mechanical manufacturing, industry design, ceramic materials and art, electronic appliances, boasting its development in new energy resources, new materials, resources environment and ecological projection, biomedicine, and regional sustaining economic and social development, and so forth.