Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is a public university founded in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone of China.
SUSTech offers an unparalleled learning and research experience at the scientific and technological frontiers.
SUSTech offers unprecedented opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work alongside the faculty to explore and tackle both fundamental and practical problems.
The Global Engagement Office (GEO) is responsible for forming and implementing a coherent strategy to promote the University’s international development and global profile.
The undergraduate admission of SUSTech adopts comprehensive evaluation enrollment mode based on national college entrance examination.The graduate admission of SUSTech currently adopts joint training mode.
The main duties of SUSTCEF is to accept the donations from the domestic and foreign associations, enterprises, trading companies and individuals, and establish the funding projects depending on the demands of the university and the wishes of the donors.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s economic reform. In its most recent chapter, SUSTech is one of the most significant achievements in the most successful city of reform – Shenzhen. It took just 38 years for the city to transform from a small fishing village to one of the four major cities in China. Like Shenzhen, SUSTech has developed rapidly and has recently become the Chinese university that needed the least amount of time (6 years since its inception) to earn the right to award doctoral degrees.
Shenzhen’s New Education Ambition
Shenzhen is in the heart of the Pearl River Delta, an area also known as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The overall development of the Greater Bay Area has become a priority of the Chinese government, who want this region to be compared to Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. The two technology centers share similar geographical and economic characteristics, but the San Francisco Bay Area is currently far more superior in terms of higher education. Therefore, Shenzhen needs to focus more on building high-quality universities and research institutions. In recent years, a handful of new universities have been built such as SUSTech, followed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), Shenzhen MIS-BIT University, Sun Yat-Sen University Shenzhen Campus, and Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen. More new universities are breaking ground and opening in Shenzhen, all supported by recent favorable municipal policies.
Policy and Systemic Reform Pushes Shenzhen Universities Forward
As the embodiment of reform in China, Shenzhen has been showcasing the reform spirit in education since the early 1980s by building and developing Shenzhen University. There are more recent cases to reflect such spirit as well, such as the Shenzhen Grubbs Institute at SUSTech named after Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Robert H. Grubbs. Being Shenzhen’s first research institute named after a Nobel Prize recipient, the Shenzhen Grubbs Institute has managed to recruit about a dozen academicians from China and USA.
While on the campus of SUSTech, the statistics about their talents are more impressive. 23 research scientists are from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering while 40% of the faculty members have had projects incorporated into multiple National Talent Programs. 60% of all academic staff either graduated or worked at one of the top 100 universities in the world, and 90% of the faculty has worked overseas. These impressive numbers are mostly the result of policy and systemic reform, which eliminates absolute egalitarianism in China’s education system.
As for students, SUSTech employs a unique admission system in which the College Entrance Examination (gaokao) does not have the final say. In addition, all major courses are taught in English in small seminar classes at SUSTech.
Making More Achievements in Intellectual Properties and Original Research Findings
To reverse the world’s opinion on China on intellectual properties and originality, the city of Shenzhen is making strides in these aspects. When it comes to SUSTech, the Pico Center in the Materials Characterization and Preparation Laboratory features world-class equipment for collaborative, original, and innovative research projects with major corporations including Huawei.
Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a front-page report of the same name on today’s China Education Newspaper, which can be retrieved from the following link (in Chinese):
Original Chinese Text by Reporter Wang Youwen & Liu Dun
Translated and Rewritten by Fan Yining
Proofread by Chris Edwards