Zhejiang Gongshang University Hangzhou College of Commerce (hereinafter referred to as “College”) is a full-time independent college. It was established with the approval of the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province in 1999. The College was authorized by the Ministry of Education in 2004 and passed the provincial inspection in 2017.
“Honesty, Perseverance, Diligence and Simplicity” is the motto of the school. Since moving to Tonglu in 2014, the College has been keen on reforming, striving to build a high-level application-oriented university with distinctive characteristics, whilst cultivating high-quality “innovative business” talents with a solid theoretical foundation, strong practical ability and an innovative spirit.
With a strategy of “openness, integration and excellence”, the college is oriented towards innovation, application, regionalization and internationalization. Now there are five schools and three departments in the College, namely The School of Management, The School of Economics and Law, The School of Foreign Languages, The School of Humanities, The School of Science and Technology, The Department of Mathematics, The Department of Social Science, and The Department of Physical Education and Arts. Blessed with the rich resources of Zhejiang Gongshang University, the College offers 24 undergraduate majors in five schools, which cover six disciplines: Economics, Management, Humanities, Law, Engineering, and Arts. Specifically, in line with the demands of society and the development of the College, five majors are offered in Economics, ten in Management, four in Humanities, one in Law, one in Science, and three in Arts, which form four major groups: Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, E-commerce, and Digital Media. On this basis, the College’s focus will be on building an operation center for innovative business, along with five experimental sub-centers, including Cloud Finance, Cross-disciplinary Integration, Cross-border E-commerce, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Big Data. In 2019, the operation center for innovative business was approved as the Construction Project of Provincial Key Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of “The 13th Five-year Plan”. In recent years, the college has utilized the development of the professional master’s degree program as an opportunity to accelerate professional development. Three majors, including Business Administration, International Economics and Trade, and Journalism, are on the list of Emerging Specialties of “The 12th Five-year Plan” in Zhejiang Province. Additionally, two other majors, including Product Design and Finance are on the list of Feature Specialty Construction Projects in “The 13th Five-Year Plan” of Zhejiang province. Also the newly established major, Internet Finance, has been approved as the undergraduate major of ordinary colleges and universities by the Ministry of Education.
The College now has 411 faculty members, among whom 290 are full-time teachers, 30 are professors and 79 are associate professors, 52 hold a doctor’s degree and 65 have overseas study experience, one enjoys a special allowance of the State Council, and two are candidates for the “151 Talent Project” in Zhejiang Province. Among the professional teachers, 105 are part-time teachers in certain industry, enterprise and practical departments, accounting for 25.74% in total. The number of teachers with practical experience in industrial enterprises is 145, accounting for 35.54%.
The college has been recruiting undergraduates since 1999. Today, it accommodates a student population of more than 8500. In recent years, the entry score for liberal arts and sciences has been ranked in the top three among independent colleges in Zhejiang Province. For five consecutive years, the College has been on the list of “High-level Independent Colleges in China” according to Wu Shulian’s rankings. In 2016, the quality of undergraduate freshmen ranked fifth among 274 independent colleges in China, and the quality of graduates ranked fourth. After two decades’ effort, the college has developed sound job-seeking mechanisms and systems which are uniquely suited to independent college students. In recent years, the employment rate after graduation has remained above 95%, whilst the average monthly income of graduates from the College ranks higher than that of the average graduate in Zhejiang Province. Furthermore, employment quality, degree specialization and alumni satisfaction are rising steadily. All this has contributed to a greater recognition for the school from all walks of life.
Aiming to establish an “innovative business” application-oriented talent cultivation system based on modern technologies such as Internet, big data, and cloud computing, the College also features classes such as ACCA, IELTS, and Business Incubation so as to enhance students’ humanistic spirit, professional quality, innovative awareness, global vision and professional skills.
The great importance that the College attaches to the cultivation of students’ innovative spirit and practical ability sets the stage for students’ on-campus practice. Examples of this include the building of platforms such as an interdisciplinary training center and a cross-border e-commerce center, and the invitation of business elites to provide instructions in the classroom.
To meet the increasing demands of the Zhejiang economy, the College promotes an internationalized education, speeding up the development of a student body with internationalized views and international experiences. To date, the College has cooperated with universities abroad in launching numerous international programs, including exchange programs and degree programs, covering bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Exchange programs with eighteen universities like University of Oxford, University of California, Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Toronto, and Kansal University are much sought after. Degree programs with ten universities such as University of Nevada, Plymouth University, Northumbria University, and University of South Australia, are also popular. Through these programs an increasing number of students are able to take advantage of the rich experiences afforded to those who study abroad. At the same time, in order to encourage more students to study abroad the College has set up a variety of scholarships such as the “Special Scholarship for Overseas Study”, the “Scholarship for Summer and Winter International Exchange Program” and the “IELTS/TOEFL Scholarship”.
Located in Tonglu, widely recognized as the most beautiful county in China, and adjacent to the scenic Fuchun River, the new campus enjoys a beautiful natural environment and a profound cultural heritage. Additionally, it is now easier to reach than ever before, with the recent completion of Hangzhou-Huangshan high-speed railway. The campus now boasts an area of 802 mu (53.7 hectares), among which there is a hill occupying 260 mu (17.42 hectares). With a favorable natural and cultural environment, the College has strived to build a picturesque campus with a rich humanistic atmosphere.
As the first college in Tonglu, jointly built by Zhejiang Gongshang University and the Tonglu County Government. Zhejiang Gongshang University Hangzhou College of Commerce will help consolidate the foundation of science and education and enhance the image of Tonglu, which is of great significance to the city of Tonglu.