Shenzhen Polytechnic is a higher TVET institution invested by the Shenzhen municipal government for full-time education, mainly focusing on the cultivation of applied professional techniques with high standards and qualifications on the front line of production, construction, management and services as well. Founded in 1993, the Polytechnic, today, has four campuses (the East, the West, the North, and the Overseas Chinese Town Campuses) which, together, occupy a total area of 168 hectares, 49 hectares of which are buildings. These buildings house libraries with over 1.78 million books, laboratory complexes, and many other state-of-the-art facilities. Shenzhen Polytechnic’s Industrial Training Center, for example, includes 28 training laboratories and 116 branch laboratories. In addition, the Polytechnic operates 330 off-campus practice bases.
The Polytechnic has sought to provide a model of higher vocational and technical education with Chinese characteristics. Our efforts have been rewarded with many awards. In 2001, we received, for the first time, the First Prize of National Educational Achievement. In January 2003, the Polytechnic was designated a key national vocational and technical college. In September 2003 we were the sole recipient of an “A+” in each of 15 indexes of education in a nationwide evaluation of vocational and technical colleges and, for this achievement, were granted the title of “ Fine College ”. Then, in 2005, we received the First Prize of National Educational Achievement, for the second time, for which the Polytechnic was selected a National Model Vocational College by the Ministry of Education, and was recognized, nationwide, as a pioneer college.
The Polytechnic has also been crowned: Pioneer Unit of National Vocational Education; National Advanced Spiritual Civilized Unit; Model Base of the Cultural Industry in Shenzhen, etc.
Shenzhen Polytechnic currently employs 1,775 staff. These staff includes over 1300 teachers, of whom more than 80% are "dual-skilled”. We have over 24,000 full-time students and over 7,100 part-time students. These students follow a range of training courses and are granted technical certificates upon graduation. Nearly 40,000 students have graduated over the past years, about 95% of them holding a technical diploma or better. And they are sought after by both industry and government. In recent years, the employment ‘take-up’ rate has also been above 95%. In addition, 53 students and staff members have been awarded the CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) certificate, one of the world’s leading awards in the area of internet studies.