On July 6, Department of Education of Guangdong Province, Foshan Municipal Government, Nanhai District Government and South China Normal University (SCNU) signed a four-party co-construction agreement. Grounding on the present education of South China Normal University Nanhai Campus, the cooperation aims to set up a new engineering and cross-discipline major for Foshan's industrial development, and to promote the new development of "Internationalization, New engineering, Cross-discipline & Research" of Nanhai Campus, thus to build Nanhai Campus into an industry-university-research cooperation demonstration area with a global perspective and local root.
Mayor of Foshan, Zhu Wei said that as a platform for higher education cooperation between schools and places, South China Normal University Nanhai Campus is one of the key projects for Foshan to speed up the development of higher education and enhance the ability of scientific and technological innovation. Foshan will take this opportunity to further deepen the cooperation and exchange with South China Normal University and other colleges and universities, strengthen the introduction and cultivation of high-level talents and enhance the cooperation in basic education.
Zhu Kongjun, the CPC secretary of South China Normal University, said that Nanhai Campus began to recruit students since 2001 and there are 22,000 students graduated from the university so far. It also set up an international joint school last year to strengthen cooperation with international universities such as University of Aberdeen in UK and Curtin University in Australia and so on. In 2019, Nanhai Campus will add engineering and cross-discipline majors such as electronic information engineering, financial engineering, information and computing science, network and new media, and it plans to enroll a total of 919 students.
According to the agreement, by 2022, the number of full-time undergraduate students in Nanhai Campus will reach about 4,000. By 2025, the scale of postgraduates and doctoral students will reach about 1,000. At the same time, Foshan will also set up the Research Institute of Innovation and Development, including the Artificial Intelligence Research Center, Big-data Research Center, Financial Engineering Center, Cross-border Education Quality Assurance Research Center and so on.