While the undergraduate programs remain a dominant focus of its operation, GU is actively committed to consolidating and expanding its postgraduate programs. It is also developing its vocational and technical higher education programmes. The University comprises 20 schools.
The university is currently authorized to run 17 postgraduate programs and 62 undergraduate programs under eight fields of study including Literature, Science, Engineering, Economics, Management, Law, Education and History.
As a university of a considerable size, GU has a total staff of 2,588 including one academic of the Chinese Academy of Science, one academic of the China Institute of Engineering, four academics employed on part-time basis, 20 supervisors of doctoral students, 130 full-time professors, 567 associate professors; of whom 100 are Ph.D holders, 32 who have been awarded the state Council Special Allowances, 14 provincial and municipal level experts. The University's current fulltime postgraduates, undergraduates and diploma students number 17,000. The University enrols students mainly from Guangdong Province and Guangzhou, but also admits students from 11 other provinces, Hong Kong, Macao and also from overseas.
The University has up to 57 research institutes and centers specializing in wide range of fields including the Institute of Educational Software, the Earthquake Engineering Research and TestCenter, the Institute of Educational Sciences, and the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
GU has also established a number of cooperative educational entities including the College of Textile and Garment, the College of Urban Construction Engineering, the College of Technology and Trade, Sontian College, Hua Ruan Software College, the School of Municipal Works and Construction. Academic exchanges and cooperation with overseas institutions have always been an important part of the University's operation. GU has so far established partnership in a wide range of disciplines with universities and academic institutions of the United States, Australia, France, Russia, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, and the Chinese-speaking region including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
With a history of over 50 years and having been authorized to operate graduate programs since 1984, Guangzhou University has produced a large number of highly qualified talents for China and has now become a key base for producing talents needed by Guangdong Province's social and economic development, and scientific and technological development. With the construction of the Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center located on the Xiaoguwei Island 小谷围岛） in progress, GU is now fully committed to the mission of developing itself into a modern, comprehensive university with innovative ideas and local characteristics for producing talents of highly practical strength, becoming one of Guangdong Province's key universities, and joining China's leading tertiary educational institutions of its type in the nearest future.