Guangdong University of Finance (GDUF) is a state-supported institution of higher education in Guangdong Province. It is the only financial academy in South China and one of the three higher financial institutions of China. In May 2004, the College, authorized and registered by the Ministry of Education of China, was upgraded to an undergraduate university with its present name. Approved by the Academic Degrees Committee under the State Council and the Ministry of Education, GDUF is entitled to confer master’s degree in Finance in 2011. In 2012, the University was granted the enrollment qualification of students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. It was explicitly stated in the Plan for the Twelfth Five-year in Financial Reform and Development in Guangdong that GDUF should be built into a base for financial talents for Guangdong. In 2013, the University was authorized to enroll international students.
The University can trace its roots back to the founding of Guangzhou Banking School in 1950, which was governed by the South China Branch of People’s Bank of China. The six decades witnessed four significant developing periods: from offering training to educating for academic degree; from technical secondary school to college education; from college to university; presently, the University becomes one of those offering master’s degree for the students majoring in Finance. It is evident that GDUF is “beginning with Finance, operating for Finance, and prospering with Finance”. The University has cultivated more than 120,000 talents in economic and financial fields, which makes GDUF the “cradle of talents” in finance and economics.