Founded in 1993, Shenzhen Polytechnic is one of the earliest institutions of independent higher vocational education in China. Since its establishment, all of the staff members of Shenzhen Polytechnic have pioneered and forged ahead with their hard work. They have constantly innovated new teaching philosophies, systems for school running and talent training models, thereby retaining their top position among many areas of China’s higher vocational education. Relying on the industrial development of the Pearl River Delta, and adhering to the spirit of reform and innovation in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, Shenzhen Polytechnic is focused on strengthening ethical education and training people, incorporating vocational education into industry-education integration, thus achieving remarkable results in various areas and becoming a model of higher vocational education in China. In response to the “Made in China 2025” strategy and other major national strategies, as well as Shenzhen’s innovation-driven development strategy, the strategic development goal of “taking the lead in one aspect, serving in three aspects and positioning in five aspects” was put forward in the work report of the Third Congress of Party Representatives of Shenzhen Polytechnic at the end of 2016. The Polytechnic remains committed to serving the Communist Party, the country, the socio-economic development of Shenzhen and the sound development and success of students. Thus, it is striving to become a pioneer of vocational education innovation and development, a training ground for versatile, innovative and high-quality technicians and entrepreneurs, a technology R&D center for miniature, small and medium-sized enterprises in Shenzhen, a school of lifelong learning for Shenzhen’s residents and an important base for vocational education teacher training in China. As such, it has taken the lead in building a world-class vocational institutions with Chinese characteristics, thereby providing the “Shenzhen experience” for the development of vocational education worldwide.
The Polytechnic has five campuses in Liuxiandong, Xilihu, Guanlongshan, Huaqiaocheng and Fenghuangshan, with a total area of 2.12 million square meters and dormitory building area of 621,700 square meters. It has 2.366 billion yuan of total fixed assets. Its library houses 2.612 million paper books and 1.3 million e-books.
There are 2,380 teaching staff members at Shenzhen Polytechnic, including 1,243 full-time teachers, 217 teachers with high-ranking professional titles, 657 teachers with associate titles, 437 teachers with doctoral degrees, two experts enjoying the special allowance of the State Council, five Pearl River scholars, 25 overseas high-level professionals, one famous teacher of the national “Ten Thousand People Plan,” and three nationally famous teachers. It also has one of the first group of Huang Danian–style teacher teams approved by the Ministry of Education. Moreover, an array of heavyweight teams, including one with Roald Hoffmann Nobel Prize, has been introduced. Some high-end platforms have been established, including the Hoffman Institute for Advanced Materials, the Institute for Intelligent Science and Engineering, the Intelligent Manufacturing Research Institute, the China Vocational Education Research Institute in the New Era and the Institute for Social and Economic Development.
Shenzhen Polytechnic has 17 secondary-schools, including the School of Electronics and Communications Engineering, as well as a sports department, an industrial center and an international education department, with 80 programs in total. Shenzhen Polytechnic has a total of 29,303 full-time students, 263 international students and 5,903 adult junior students. With an employment rate above 96%, it has delivered more than 120,000 graduates, who have been well received by employers.
Shenzhen Polytechnic has won many honors, such as being a part of the first batch of national model higher vocational institutions, being recognized as a national civilized unit and a national advanced unit for the employment of graduates, and being a part of the first batch of national institutions with characteristic experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. It leads the country in terms of comprehensive strength, and it has topped the competitiveness ranking of China’s vocational institutions (totaling 1,423) with a score of 100 for five consecutive years. In October 2019, Sun Chunlan, Vice Premier of the State Council, visited Shenzhen Polytechnic and praised its achievements, stressing that “the education provided by Shenzhen Polytechnic is comparable to that of Germany,” and “Shenzhen Polytechnic is a top institution for higher vocational education in China.”
(Data as of September 1, 2020)