Tongren Polytechnic College (TPC) is a public and full-time higher vocational college approved by the People’s Government of Guizhou Province in June 2002. It amalgamated the former Agricultural School, which was a key secondary technical school at the national level, Medical School, Financial School, Commercial School, and Advanced Vocational and Technical School in Tongren Prefecture. Its history can be traced back to 1941. Through 70 years’ development, the school has graduated tens of thousands of professionals in all fields contributing to the economic development in Tongren and Guizhou province.
Tongren Polytechnic College covers an area of 79.1 hectares, currently embracing 8 teaching departments (Department of Bioengineering, Department of Pharmacy, Department of Medicine, Department of Nursing, Department of Economic Management, Department of Engineering Technology, Department of Computer Science and Application, and Department of Humanities and Social Sciences), 2 subordinate colleges, one Department of Continuing Education, and one Affiliated Hospital. There are 33 specialties for higher vocational education. The college recruits students from 25 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions of the country. At present, the college has a full-time enrollment of 4428 students, and a teaching faculty and staff of 541. The teachers number 415, including 134 professors and associate professors as well as a group of outstanding lecturers. There are altogether 166 teachers and professors with master degree or doctor degree, and 280 own double qualifications.
The college has 8 experiment and training centers including biotechnology and pharmacy technology, and 12 productive training bases such as Eco-agricultural Demonstrative Zone, Medical Technology Training Center, and Nursery Garden, etc. It has established many internship bases through cooperating with 258 enterprises and villages, thus a multifunctional practical training base that integrates “teaching, studying, practicing, researching, popularizing, training, and producing” has formed. The college has also set up a Biopharmaceutical Training Base financed by the central government, a Skilled Talent Cultivation and Training Base in Electronic and Information Industry, an Administrative Labor Transfer Training Base authorized by the Poverty Relief Office of the State Council, a Training Base for Biopharmacy Teachers in Vocational Education in Guizhou province, Guizhou 35th National Vocational Technique Appraisal Station, and Agriculture No.47103293 Vocational Technique Appraisal Institute, etc.
Many regional research institutes have been established, including Ethnic Veterinary Drugs Research Institute, Tea Research Institute, Tourism Research Institute, Ethnic Medicine Research Institute, Ethnic Culture Research Institute, Higher Vocational Education Research Institute, Industrial Development Research Center, Research Center for Social and Economic Development of Wuling Mountain, and Tongren Experiment Station of State Tea Industry Technology System, etc. In recent years, 169 research projects have been established, among which 58 have gained provincial and prefectural-level awards including Science and Technology Advancement Awards, Humanity and Social Studies Awards, and Teaching Achievement Awards, 6 have been awarded National Invention Patent. There are all together 1338 theses published, and 513 of them are published on Chinese core periodicals; 33 treatises are published, and over 100 teaching materials are edited.
Following the school-running concept of “Cultivating Persons with Morals, Starting Careers with Techniques, and Serving the Construction of the New Countryside”, and adhering to the specialty construction concept of “Interacting with the Local Economic Development, and Accommodating Education with the Demand of Professional Positions”, the school constructs a “Five-in-One” moral education model by extensively investigation on its relationship with regional economic development. Thus a school-running model of “school-area working together, department-village cooperating together, and multi-integration” has formed. The college incessantly deepens its teaching reform, and builds up a professional cultivation model with distinctive characteristics. The quality of talent cultivation has been improving. In recent three years, the average employment rate of the graduates is over 95%, the rate of graduates returning home to find a job is over 80%.
The college is not only an Excellent Unit in the Evaluation of Educational Level in Higher Vocational Colleges by the Ministry of National Education, an Excellent Unit in the Assessment of College Students’ Ideological and Political Education Work in Guizhou province, but also a Provincial Administrative Unit of Higher Vocational College Construction. It is one of the initial 40 National Key Vocational Colleges Construction Units and among the top 50 National College Graduates Employment Work Units in 2010. The college has a teaching team at the national level, two at the provincial level. One of the course offered at Tongren Polytechnic College are classified as a national elite level course; five are the best courses at the provincial level. There is also a team with scientific innovative talents of veterinary drug research.
Embracing the spirit of perseverance, Tongren Polytechnic College has been carrying on the objective of providing qualified personnel and intellectual support for the regional economic and social development. Facing the future, Tongren Polytechnic College is striding forward towards an infinite brilliance!