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Serve the public to create a healthy society


The School of Public Administration was established in 2004. The school consists of two departments to include the Department of Government Management and the Department of Sociology, two educational service institutions to include MSW Education Center and the Southern Civil Service Education Center. The school also set up teaching auxiliary institutions to include smart government experiments, social work laboratories and GUPA case workshops. The school has nine academic think tanks to include Southern Governance Research Institute, Integrity Research Center, China Government Affairs Research Center, Metropolitan Governance Research Center, Southern Disaster Governance Research Center, Public Policy Research Center, Social Innovation Research Center, Global Governance Research Center and Southern Migration Research Center.

The school has four undergraduate majors in administration, public service management, social work, and sociology, three master programs in Public Administration, Sociology, MSW, as well as doctoral degree programs in smart decision-making, education policy, innovation governance and the like. The school possesses one national first-class major, one provincial key major, one provincial comprehensive reform pilot major, three provincial teaching teams, two provincial practical teaching demonstration bases and two provincial talent training bases. A unique talent training system has been formed in smart government affairs, urban management, health governance, and social work.

There are 65 staff members and five overseas professors who are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and South Korea. Among them, there are two winners of the Education Ministry’s Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, five winners of the Guangdong “Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousands Talent Project” and Guangdong Youth Cultural Talents, two members of the National Ethnic Education Expert Committee, one winner of Excellent Nanyue Teachers and five winners of Excellent Guangzhou Teachers. Among the full-time faculty, more than 90% of the teachers with PhD degrees are from top universities at home and abroad, more than 80% are under the age of 45, more than 60% have joined visiting programs abroad, more than 40% have work experience in government departments and enterprises and more than 20% have studied abroad.

Over the past five years, faculty have led more than 40 national major projects, key projects, general projects and youth projects as well as more than 100 provincial and ministerial projects. In addition, faculty have won more than 20 national and provincial and ministerial government awards. More than 60 influential works to include National Governance in the Age of Big Data and more than 400 academic papers in well-known journals at home and abroad have been published. More than 20 suggestions regarding decision-making of the government were approved by national ministries and commissions or adopted by provincial and municipal government institutions. The school has hosted several academic platforms to include "Nanguo Lecture Hall", "Nanguo Reading Club", "Return to School", and "Public Management Lunch". The school has two journals which include Southern Governance Review and Social Innovation Review and has established a long-term cooperative relationship with government departments, enterprises and institutions in Pan-Pearl River Delta area. The school has also fostered a long-term strategic partnership with more than 50 overseas academic institutions.

The school adheres to the university’s tradition of “learning more and doing earnestly to advance with the times”, promotes transformation and development, strengthens its cultural building and continuously improves the quality of talent training. The school, based in Guangzhou, serves the economic and social development needs of neighboring districts and the city. It focuses on educating application-oriented talents with solid theoretical knowledge, strong ability in practice, innovative consciousness and those who are willing to dedicate themselves at the front line of production, construction and management.

Introduction of Public Administration

The discipline of Public Administration adheres to the principles of developing itself as a demand-oriented, innovation-driven and high-quality discipline with characteristic. As a university located in a metropolitan city, the school strives to build the discipline into an advanced one with a strong foundation and which focuses on the frontier and serves to the society.


1. Discipline Overview

Public Administration stems from Administrative Management and Public Service Management. In 2002, Administrative Management and Public Service Management were approved as undergraduate majors. In 2006, Administrative Management and Land Resources Management were approved to confer master's degree programs of the second-level discipline. In 2010, Public Administration was approved to confer master’s degree of the first-level discipline. Since 2018, PhD degrees have begun to be conferred in some disciplines to include statistics, pedagogy, business administration and other related disciplines. The major of administrative management was recognized as the comprehensive reform pilot major in Guangdong Province in 2014 and was approved as a key major in Guangdong Province and the first group of national first-class majors in 2019. In 2016, it was classified as category C in the fourth round of discipline assessment by the Ministry of Education. In 2019, in Shanghai Ranking’s The Best Disciplines in China, Public Administration entered the top 11%.


2. Discipline Characteristics

Based on national strategic demand, the development needs of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the governance requirements of China's "South Gate" megacities strategy, the discipline has formed an academic cluster and some research characteristics in some research fields to include smart government services, city renovation, health services, disaster management and integrity government through years of development. Among them, in the field of smart government services, the school hosted two major projects of the National Social Science Fund. One is "Research on the Modernization of Government Governance Capability by Big Data," the other is "Research on the Characteristics of Digital Society under the Background of New Technology Application". The school led the key project of the National Social Science Fund, National Key Links and Actions for the Implementation of the Big Data Strategy and other two items. The book National Governance in the Age of Big Data won the second prize of the Eighth Outstanding Social Science Achievements in Universities and the first prize of the Seventh Guangdong Province Outstanding Social Science Achievements. "Technological Innovation and Social Structure Changes" won the Youth Achievement Award of the Eighth College Outstanding Social Science Achievement and second prize of the Seventh Guangdong Province Outstanding Social Science Achievement. There are more than 100 papers published in reputable journals to include Social Science in China, Political Science Studies and Chinese Public Administration at home and abroad. Many papers have been cited in full texts in Xinhua Digest, Chinese Social Science Digest, and in the form of photocopying. The school’s research and academic strength rank among the top in the country.


3. Faculty

There are more than 30 faculty. Among them, there are five foreign professors who are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea and other countries. More than 90% of the teachers have doctorate degrees from reputable universities at home and abroad. More than 50% of the teachers have overseas visiting experience. More than 30% of the teachers have the experience of serving local government departments. More than 20% of the teachers are overseas returnees. Among them, there are two winners of Education Ministry’s Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, one winner of the National Ethnic Education Experts Committee, one winner of Guangdong “Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousands Talent Project, and four other high-level provincial talents. There are four provincial and ministerial teaching teams and scientific research teams which consist of public policy, national central city and development, governance of megacities, and poverty management in ethnic areas.


4. Discipline Platform

The School includes the Guangdong Anti-Corruption Education Base (Integrity Construction Research Center), the Guangdong Humanities and Social Sciences Key Research Base (Guangzhou Development Research Institute), the Guangdong Key International Cooperation Platform (Birmingham University-Guangzhou University Service Industry and Urban Renewal Research Center ), the Guangdong Practice Teaching Demonstration Base (Guangzhou Municipal Government Service Center, Guangzhou City Management and Comprehensive Law Enforcement Bureau), the Guangzhou Humanities and Social Sciences Key Research Base (Guangzhou Smart Governance Research Center and Guangzhou Integrity Research Center) that provide the strong support for talent training ,scientific research and social services.


5. Talent Training

The School hosted more than 20 provincial and ministerial teaching reform projects and published nine characteristic textbooks. "Practice and Exploration of Innovative Ability Training in Administrative Management" won the second prize of Guangdong Higher Education Teaching Reform Achievement. Students won more than 30 awards at provincial and ministerial levels to include the national "Challenge Cup" competition. Among them, the most distinctive is to train high-level athletes which helped the Chinese women basketball team win the gold medal in Asian Games in Jakarta, rank fourth place in the World Youth Championship and receive the qualification for competing in Tokyo Olympics.