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The School of Food Science and Engineering (SFSE) was established newly in November 2015 through the reorganization of the School of Light Industry and Food Science, however, its history can be dated back to 1952, the beginning of the University. The first degree program of the School, Sugar and Food Engineering, was started to run at that time. Nowadays, the School has a second level national key discipline, Food Science and Engineering, and is also involved in the first level national key discipline of Light Industrial Technology and Engineering.

Currently, the school has two undergraduate programs as well as Food Science and Engineering, and Food Quality and Safety, and two postdoctoral programs, Food Science and Engineering and Light Industrial Technology and Engineering.  A national evaluation of key discipline carried out in 2012 showed that the Food Science and Engineering and the Light Industrial Technology and Engineering in the School were ranking No.3 and No.1, , respectively, among Chinese universities.

Now the school has 127 staffs in total, including 104 faculties. Among them, there are 44 professors, and more than 97% of the faculty members own Ph.D degree. A number of professors in the School were entitled different national academic honors.

The School of Food Science and Engineering is one of the most important units in the University featuring high level innovative scientific research. The School has a national engineering research center (Wheat and Corn Processing Lab), a national innovation and technology platform (Starch and Plant Proteins Research Center) and several provincial/ministry scientific research institutes, such as Guangdong Key Laboratory for Green Processing and Safety of Natural Products, Guangdong Technical Center for Food Processing and Nutrition, Guangdong Lipid Science and Applied Technology Center, Guangdong International Collaborate Center for Sugar Green Processing, Agricultural Products Green Processing Lab and Demonstration Center , etc.

The School persists in the scientific research and technological innovation, as well as the industrialization of new technology. Its researches are funded by National, provincial/ministry foundations and the enterprises, with as much as about 60 millions Yuan in 2015. In the past five years, the outstanding research of the school was recognized by various academic honors, such as two Second Class National Awards for Science and Technology Progress, and sixteen different provincial/ministry Prizes.

The School takes the student education as the primary task and provides perfect environment for personal development of every student. Now, in total of 1234 students, including 521 undergraduates and 713 graduates are studying in the school. During the past years, a lot of outstanding graduates have been cultivated by the School, such as two National Best Ph.D Graduates, three National Best Ph.D Graduate nominators and ten Guangdong Provincial Best Ph.D Graduates.

The School has extensive communication and cooperation with many top-level oversea universities and research institutes such as Cornel University, Queensland University, Rutgers University and Kyoto University. Nearly one hundred scientists, faculties and students were actively involved in the international communication and cooperation through lecture, seminar, conference, or being visiting scholars and exchange students.