School of Software Engineering of South China University of Technology was established in 2001. It is one of the first batch national demonstration software colleges and contains software technology department, software service engineering department, data science and engineering department. It has right to grant doctoral degree, master degree and bachelor degree in software engineering.  And there is a post-doctoral research station for software engineering in School of Software Engineering.

In 2009, School of Software Engineering was approved to establish the National Software Talent Training Model Innovation Experimental Zone of the Ministry of Education. In 2010, the software engineering major was awarded the first batch of Excellent Engineer Education and Training Program by the Ministry of Education. In 2011, it joined the first batch of National Engineering Practice Education Center. In 2012, the software engineering major was included in the first batch of professional comprehensive reform pilots of the Ministry of Education. In 2014, it won the first prize of the seventh teaching achievement of Guangdong Province. In 2015, the software engineering major was approved as a pilot program for comprehensive reform of undergraduate majors in Guangdong Province.

School of Software Engineering has a teaching and research team with rich teaching experience and high academic level. There are 74 faculty members in the college, including 12 professors and 17 people with vice-senior title.The college has 7 teams,which are intelligent software and robotics, software service engineering and cloud computing, software construction theory and methods, big data systems and cloud computing, data science and intelligent software, large-scale software development methods and applications, artificial intelligence and machine learning.There are five provincial and ministerial level scientific research bases and two national talent training bases including Guangdong Provincial Social Media Processing and Software Development Engineering Technology Research Center, Guangzhou Robot Software and Complex Information Processing Key Laboratory, Big Data and Robotic Intelligence Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Joint Laboratory, Guangdong Software Development and Service Engineering Technology Research Center and Guangdong Provincial Multimedia Intelligent Marketing Engineering Technology Research Center.It has undertaken the National Natural Science Foundation, the Guangdong Provincial Key Program, the Guangdong Province Science and Technology Innovation Major Project, the Guangzhou Industry-University-Research Collaborative Innovation Major Project and the Enterprise Cooperation. And it has produced a number of high-level scientific research achievements and published a batch of academic papers.

The college has 1,261 undergraduate students and 521 graduate students.It obeys the education policy of the Party and country, implements the guiding ideology of oriented to modernization, world, and future, accords to the guiding spirit of the National Software Institute Model, adheres to the education idea which claims new operation mechanism and new cultivating mode, intensive engineering training and school-enterprise cooperation to achieve international standards, cultivating talents with comprehensive foundation, strong ability, excellent English and good cooperation. And it orients to the needs of national and regional science and technology development, cultivates international, composite, high-quality software engineering elite talents and software industry leaders with solid software engineering theory, technology, innovative thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship. The employment rate of college graduates is more than 99% every year, and most of them enter the international and domestic well-known IT enterprises.