School of Accounting
A Brief Introduction to School of Accounting of GDUFS
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies(GDUFS)is a key provincial university with distinctive features of internationalization in South China. It has long been focusing on its education of internationally-oriented personnel and its research on foreign language & Culture, foreign trade and international strategic studies. Consisting of 22 faculties that offer 61 undergraduate programs, the University now boasts one national key academic discipline, seven provincial key disciplines, one post-doctoral research station, one PhD program of Category I discipline, eleven PhD programs of Category II discipline, ten master programs of Category I discipline, thirty-five master programs of Category II discipline, and seven professional master programs. In recent years, the School of Finance has been one of the highly-developed schools in terms of professional and discipline construction in the university.
With a long history of education, the School has set up the accounting major just after the founding of Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Trade, one of the forerunners of GDUFS (1980). In recent years, it has witnessed a rapid development in the construction of professional training and discipline .In 2006 and 2011,the school was given the right to grant the master degree in Accounting and Finance (including Taxation) respectively. This year, school obtained the right to grant Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc). Its accounting major was consecutively accredited as the provincial famous brand major of Guangdong Province (2006), the distinctive major of the Ministry of Education (2009) and the provincial pilot unit of comprehensive major reform (2012). Meanwhile ,its Financial Management major was also accredited as the provincial distinctive major in 2010.
The School has set up a research team for accounting service outsourcing and some research centers, including Center for Accounting, Center for International Financial Management, Center for Modern Industrial System, Center for Public Budget and Center for International Taxation. In addition, it also serves as an important supporting institution for the Research Institute of Cantonese Merchants or the key research base of humanities and social sciences for colleges and universities in Guangdong Province.
The School now offers 3 undergraduate programs including majors of Accounting, Financial Management, and Auditing (CPA). It has opened as well an ACCA international accounting class, for all class for Financial Management major are taught in English so as to make dual-degree certificates for Accounting & Financial Management major. At present there are 1855 undergraduates, 50 post-graduates and 823 students for dual degree of Accounting and Financial Management in the School.
Through the continuing quality improvement for the teachers by various means, the School has now owned a group of highly professional faculties with rich teaching experience and international vision. Currently, it has a teaching staff of 59 including 56 full time teachers,28 associate professors and 12 professors .And the teachers with doctor degrees have reached 43 percent. Among them, two have won the title of outstanding teachers in Guangdong Province, 2 provincial level candidates and 10 university level candidates for the Thousand, Hundred and Ten Project .Due to the great importance attached to its construction of educational team, the titles of Famous Teacher and Best Young Teacher are conferred upon one teacher and 3 young teachers in the School by GDUFS respectively. The school presently boasts one Class-A education team (All English teaching)and one Class-B education team at the university level. It has employed the foreign teachers to teach the professional courses on a long term basis. Besides, over 40 senior executives in enterprises or institutions are appointed as the tutors of post-graduates outside the campus and more than 10 renowned scholars and entrepreneurs as guest professors.
近五年，学院教师主持包括国家社会科学基金、国家自然科学基金、教育部人文社科基金、广东省哲学社会科学基金、广东省自然科学基金项目在内的国家级、省部级项目56项，科研总经费超过1200万元；获得包括广东省哲学社会科学优秀成果奖论文类一等奖在内的政府科研奖励3项；在《China Economic Reviews》、《Emerging Market Finance and Trade》、《经济研究》、《管理世界》、《会计研究》、《世界经济》、《财经研究》、《财贸经济》等国际和国内核心期刊发表论文150多篇。
In recent years, the school faculty have conducted 56 state or provincial programs including the National Social Science Fund, National Natural Science Fund, the Humanities and Social Science of the Ministry of Education ,the provincial Philosophy and Social Science Fund and the provincial Natural Science Fund, accumulating the general research cost over 12 million yuan. They had been awarded 3 government research rewards including the first prize thesis as the excellent achievements of the Philosophy and Social Science in Guangdong province and issued over 150 papers in the domestic and foreign authoritative and core journals such as China Economic Reviews, Emerging Market Finance and Trade, Economic Research, Management World, Accounting Research, World Economy, Financial Research ,Finance and Trade Economics .
During the last 5 years, the faculty have obtained two provincial comprehensive education reform programs, two provincial excellent teaching achievement award and 11 provincial education reform programs. Nearly 30 textbooks were published and over 62 papers were issued. With the constant progress of courses construction, the
School has owned many excellent courses at university level such as Computerized Accounting,
International Accounting, Financial Management and CPA Accounting, among which Computerized and Taxation had became the provincial excellent resource-sharing course.
Due to the great stress on its competence improvement in serving society through scientific research, the School had acquired over 30 social horizontal programs with a total amount of 3.7778million yuan funds for the service of government as well as the enterprises and institutions, among which the accounting training course for the new employees set up by Ernst&Young has become a famous training program in the cooperation between the school and enterprises.
The distinctiveness of the internationalized education, teaching staff and students of the school has become increasingly prominent. The School has opened the pure English-teaching class for Financial Management major and the International Accounting Innovation class through the cooperation with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants(ACCA). Its accounting and Auditing majors has received the course accreditation from the Australian Association of Certified Accountants, therefore 8 fundamental courses could be exempted from test.
The School has launched 2 dual degree programs called 2+2 and 3+1 through cooperation with the Queensland university and Queensland technology university in Australia, the university of Leicester and Coventry University in Britain as well as the South Carolina university, Upstate, in USA, the students can obtain the diplomas from both GDUFS and foreign universities after their graduation. Under a joint post-graduate 3+2 cultivation program with the University of California, Riverside, the students could get the bachelor degree from GDFUS and master degree from the University of California, Riverside. Meanwhile, the CMA training base with the then School of Finance as the main body has become the only test center in South China for the U.S. Association of Management Accountants .
The prominent students could study abroad in the Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley, University of South Carolina, Upstate and University of Napier in Edinburgh through one-way communication, students exchange program and short-term oversea study.
At present, the teachers with the international education background in our school have exceeded 30%.A growing number of students choose to study abroad each year while many foreign students would come to the School for education.
The School actively motivates the initiative and enthusiasm of the students in participation of the scientific research thus arousing their interests in academics. The series of lectures of the Finance Forum organized by our School have become an academic brand activity of the School of Finance. The annual contests of Financial Academic Festival, Oral English Skills and English Drama have been thought highly of by the teachers and students and popular with them, because they are not only academic, practical and interesting but also emphasize the training of the innovation and practical skills of the students.
The School intensively guides the students in their start-ups trainings, practical researches and academic studies. Now it has obtained 24 provincial college students training programs in innovation and start-ups，9 creative research teams at university level had been set up by the post-graduates and 2 post-graduate theses had been accredited as the provincial excellent master theses.
Our students has won a couple of golden and silver prizes in the competition of start-up plan by college and university students of the Guangdong Province each year. The students from the ACCA international accounting class won the national champion in their first participation of the ACCA Job Hunting Competition in 2013.The students from Auditing class won the provincial bronze prize in the competition of the 12th Challenge Cup National College Students Ex-curricular academic science and technology works. And the students from Taxation major had entered into the national final contest of the Deloitte Tax Championship in 2013.
The students of the School of Finance also show great concern to the livelihood of the people and keenly serve the society by serving the countryside in Three Domain: science, culture and sanitation, providing free service of repairing and teaching in community and working as volunteers in the big sport events such as Asian Games, Asian Games for the disabled and Shenzhen Universiade . Their activities have won the good praises from all walks of life.
Internship and Employment
The School keeps innovating and deepens the practical education in order to improve the students ' abilities of innovation & starting business and their competitiveness in job hunting. The School has built many teaching and internship bases outside the campus through cooperation with some famous enterprises such as the Ernst &Young ,Price Waterhouse Coopers, PWC, Lixin Accounting firm, Pearl River Shipping company(HK), Kingdee International Software Co. ,Ltd, among which the internship base jointly built with the Guangzhou branch of Ernst &Young was accredited as the excellent internship base by GDUFS and the college student practice base by the educational department of Guangdong Provincial Government in 2013.
Under the talent training mode of “major plus foreign language”, the students of our school not only have solid accounting knowledge but also good foreign language skills, thus enjoying wide popularity among the employers. The major plus foreign language employment rate of our post-graduates and undergraduates in the past years has remained at 100% and 99% respectively. Each year, over 80 percent of the graduates could find jobs in the Big Four International Accounting firms, renowned banks at home and abroad, Securities corporations and large-scale foreign enterprises .The graduates enjoy a high rate of employment ,a high level job and high degree of employment satisfaction.