Huali College was founded in 2001 as a private secondary college affiliated with Guangdong University of Technology and was approved by the MOE in 2004 to become one of the first private independent colleges in Guangdong Province to offer undergraduate programs granting bachelor degrees accredited by the MOE. Huali College was awarded "National Private Education Advanced Group" by the China Teacher Development Foundation of the MOE in 2010. In addition, Huali College was recognized as a "College Students KAB Entrepreneurship Education Base" by the International Labor Organization, "All-China Youth Federation and All-China Students" Federation in 2016.
Huali university has six university subject groups focusing on engineering, economics, management, literature, art and education, covering 37 specialty groups with distinctive characteristics, including Electrical Engineering and Automation (provincial undergraduate quality engineering key teaching, research and teaching reform base), Project Costs (provincial characteristic specialty), Mechanical Design and Automation (provincial key cultivation discipline), Accounting (provincial characteristic specialty), Journalism (provincial experimental teaching demonstration center) and Economics (provincial economic management talent innovation and Entrepreneurship education experimental area). General majors are four-year undergraduate courses, but architecture majors provide five-year undergraduate courses.