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.
On May 19, SUSTech invited scholars from a variety of disciplines to an unusual academic forum. The panels included scholars from fields such as computer science, literature, artificial intelligence, affective computing, linguistics, semantics, subculture, automation, media, and finance. The forum organizer was the Director of Humanities Center Chen Yuehong, who managed to open over 100 courses in humanities, social sciences, and arts in a science and technology (STEM) university. Moreover, Director Chen has built a number of interdisciplinary laboratories and research centers, established language databases and attracted many interdisciplinary academic experts at home or abroad to SUSTech.
In recent years, Chinese universities have entered a stage of rapid development thanks to the opportunities and favorable policies nationwide. STEM universities and disciplines have benefitted more in this phase, due to its close relationship with the phenomenal economic development of China. At the same time, disciplines relating to the humanities, arts and social sciences are, to some extent, neglected in universities, as a result of their reduced impact on economic development. As a response, there is an increasing demand to pay more attention to the humanities, and a considerable number of universities around the world have followed suit. Unfortunately, the social sciences are not considered important in most STEM universities, compared to the highly scientific and technological academic disciplines traditionally covered on these campuses. Will SUSTech make a breakthrough in bringing humanities, social sciences, and the arts back to life at STEM universities?
In this respect, SUSTech’s endeavor has included providing courses or building research centers in sci-fi literature, creative writing, art design, language technology, dialect studies and media studies. Chen Yuehong commented: “A leading STEM university must include leading humanities, arts, and social sciences education. Right now, most universities only provide general humanities and arts courses for students who major in a STEM discipline, thinking that giving them a glimpse of the humanities is enough. I have to say social sciences and humanities are not merely an addition to STEM-focused students and universities because general education is all about interdisciplinary education. We need to break the mold and provide STEM students with the best faculty, researchers, and courses possible to teach students and society about humanities, social sciences, and the arts.”
For more in-depth analysis of SUSTech’s achievements in developing humanities, social sciences, and arts education, please visit (in Chinese):
Original Chinese Text by Reporter Yao Yao (Southern Daily)
English Translation and Adaptation by Fan Yining
Proofread by Chris Edwards