Guangxi University was established in October 1928. Dr.Ma Junwu, a celebrated scientist and educator, is the first president. Many eminent professors such as Li Siguang, Wang Li, Liu Xianzhou, Chen Yingke, Li Da, Chen Wangdao,Zhang Tiesheng, Zhang Zhirang and Chen Huanyong have been invited to teach in the university.
The university is in Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Located in charming subtropical scenery, the campus covers an area of 307 hectares with a building area of 1,202,600 square meters. The university has a library collection of over2.52 million volumes, a store of equipment worth 292 million Yuan, 2 national key disciplines, 5 key disciplines of the 211 project, 2 key laboratories of the ministerial level, 2 key experimental centers of the provincial level, 16 provincial key disciplines, 1 demonstration base for teaching and research of modern agriculture technique, 1 national key laboratory base of ministerial and provincial level, 61 research institutes or centers and 67 university and college laboratories. Now it has 20 colleges and one department : College of Public Management, College of Commerce, College of Laws, College of Culture and Mass Communication, College of Foreign Languages, College of Physics Science, College of Math and Information Science, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, College of Food and Light Industries, College of Resources and Environment, College of Mechanical Engineering, College of Electric Engineering, College of Computer Science and Information Engineering, College of Civil Engineering, College of Agriculture, College of Forestry, College of Animal Science and Technology, College of Continuing Education, College of Adult Education, Sino-Canadian International College and Department of Physical Education. It is now playing a very important role in the regional economy and social development.
The university has a staff of 3,722, of whom 1,824 are full-time teachers, 53 are supervisors of doctoral students, 261 are professors and 535 associate professors; 5 members from the university are honored as national experts of outstanding contribution, 1 is honored as outstanding technician of national level. More than 160 prominent scholars and scientists from home and abroad have been invited as honorary professors or visiting scholars. Among them the most famous are Dr.Yang Zhenning, a Nobel Prize winner, and Pan Jiazheng, academician and vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Guangxi University offers70 undergraduate programs, 80 graduate programs (including M.B.A. program and M.E program) and 6 doctoral programs. The present enrollment of 24,205 students include 181 doctoral candidates, 4,145 master's degrees candidates, 19,879 undergraduates. In addition, there are 20,361 students for vocation training .
The university has exploited the advantage of its multidisciplinarity and optimized its programs for a better quality of education. The well-equipped research institutes and a prestigious research staff do basic research as well as applied research. They have received grants for hundreds of national, ministerial or provincial projects.
It has corporations and academic exchanges with 100 universities or research institutes in 28 countries and regions. The long-term cooperation in research closely links it with many universities, like Western Michigan University in the U.S.A., Gifu University and Mie University in Japan, the John Innes Institute and the Bioengineering Corporation of Cambridge University in Britain and the Avmass Embryo Co.Ltd,of Dublin University in Ireland, New South Wales University and Sydney University in Australia, and many universities in Vietnam and Thailand. So far the university has sent 380 teachers and researchers abroad for academic study and joint research projects or to work as visiting researchers. Over 400 international experts and scholars have taught, given lectures, or cooperated on research projects in the university. The university is one of the earliest 66 universities authorized to enroll overseas students. Since 1962, many international students from 40 countries in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia have persued their study in the university.