Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College (YWICC), located in Yiwu- “World's Capital of Small Commodities” and National Comprehensive Pilot Area of International Trade, grew out of Hangzhou University-Yiwu founded in 1993. The campus covers an area of over 160 acres and boasts a building floorage of 296,000 square meters. It is a beautiful garden-like campus with its picturesque natural scenery and unique architectures. The college boasts a group of 518 faculty members and the enrollment of Chinese and international students reaches around 9,600 at present. YWICC has been listed as one of the “Top Quality Vocational Colleges of Zhejiang Province”, one of the first seven “Pilot Entrepreneurial Colleges of Zhejiang Province”, one of the “Top 50 Social Service Contribution of Vocational Colleges in China”, one of the “Top 50 International Influence of Vocational Colleges in China”. YWICC is also entitled as “National College Innovation and Entrepreneurship Practical Base” by the Ministry of Education and “National Model College of Cross-border E-commerce Talent Cultivation”.
The college provides education in a wide range of subjects in 9 faculties, namely School of Humanities & Tourism, School of Mechatronics & IT, School of Economics & Management, School of Foreign Studies, School of Architectural & Civil Engineering, School of Creative Studies, School of Business Starting, School of International Education, and Department of Public Courses, with the number of 3-year academic programs reaching 32. Relying on the advantages and demand of Yiwu markets, YWICC has opened up a distinctive way of development on the basis of “pioneering spirit”, shaping its own major educational characteristics among peers: Entrepreneurship Education, Innovation Education and International Education. The achievements regarding cultivating entrepreneurial and innovative talents and serving local economy are made greatly.
YWICC Pioneer Park occupies 12,800 square meters on campus. There are over 30 Entrepreneurship practice bases. The entrepreneurship rate of YWICC has topped all the colleges in the province in recent years. It is not rare to see some of YWICC students become millionaires before graduation. As a result of the outstanding achievement of E-businessmen training and teaching, the college is accredited as “Best Cradle for E-businessmen in the world”.
Yiwu Innovation Park inside the campus is a creative culture park which is the first one in China to take “commodity innovative design” as its basis for products research and development. It has China Tourism Commodities R&D Center and China Creative Forestry Products R&D Center. The creative output value adds up to almost RMB 400 million (around USD 59.4 million), providing service to over 3,000 manufactures annually on average. It is the practice base for more than 150 well-known universities, such as China Academy of Art, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Fu Jen Catholic University. More than 2000 teachers and students are trained each year.
As one of the “Top 50 International Influence of Vocational Colleges in China”, YWICC has cultivated more than 8,000 international students from over 70 countries since 2007. The number of international students ranks first among all the vocational colleges in Zhejiang Province. It offers Arabic, Spanish and other 7 language courses. It actively engages in international exchange and cooperation with colleges, universities and institutes in various regions of the world, including teachers’ training, student exchanges, Chinese-foreign Cooperatively-run educational projects, academic, cultural and educational communication, short-term Chinese cultural experiences, internship programs etc. So far, it has established long-term cooperative relationship with more than 40 overseas universities and educational institutes in more than 10 countries and regions, such as USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Poland, Greece, and Spain. Meanwhile, YWICC joined “Global E-commerce Talent Network” in 2018 to spread its entrepreneurship education model and course standards overseas.
The characteristic schooling of the college based on regional economic development and Yiwu markets has aroused extensive attention and been reported by major media at home and abroad such as Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, the People’s Daily, New York Times, and Reuters. Adhering to the motto of “Virtue, Wisdom, Diligence and Independence”, YWICC is taking continuous efforts towards the goal of nationwide first-class vocational college.