Shenzhen University

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Shenzhen University
Shenzhen University Logo.svg
Motto in English
Independent, Self-discipline, Self-improvement
Be down-to-earth and constantly strive for self-perfection
TypePublic university
PresidentQingquan LI
Academic staff
Location, ,
Campus2.90 km2 (1.12 sq mi)
NicknameSZU (in English)
Shenzhen University
Simplified Chinese深圳大学
Traditional Chinese深圳大學

Shenzhen University (SZU, Chinese: 深圳大学) is a public university established in 1983 located in Nanshan district, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. It is accredited by the State Council of the People's Republic of China and is funded by the Shenzhen Council Government. The university took its first enrollment the same year at what Deng Xiaoping called "Shenzhen Speed".[1] Deng also was named the "father of Shenzhen University." It is regarded as the fastest developing university in China, and also one of the "Top 100 Universities in China[2]" and one of the top university which is listed in the World Top Ranking Universities[3]. Its most famous alumnus is Ma Huateng, the founder and CEO of Tencent Company.


Garden and road

SZU comprises two campuses, Houhai campus and Xili campus, occupying 2.72 square kilometers in total. The Houhai campus is located on the coastline of Houhai Bay with 1.34 square kilometers. The new Xili campus now under construction is located in the city's University Town and takes up 1.38 square kilometers.


Shenzhen University was established as a full-time comprehensive university, in line with the aim of China's Ministry of Education (MOE) to further develop the critical infrastructure in the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen. Professor Zhang Wei, who was the former vice-president of Tsinghua University, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was appointed its first president of to develop it.[citation needed]

Shenzhen University has had a favoured status in China's political and academic circles. Deng Xiaoping gave his personal approval to the university and Jiang Zemin penned the university's characters in his own hand. The university has been visited by several heads of state, scientists and researchers such as Nobel Prize winner in Physics Dr. Yang Zhenning. Many business and academics have made donations to support the development of Shenzhen University and some entrepreneurs have set up funds and scholarships in various disciplines.[citation needed]

In 1995, Shenzhen University passed the teaching evaluation for the undergraduate program accredited by MOE, and was among the first group of universities in China to have its undergraduate programs certified. In 1996, Shenzhen University was accredited by the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of the State Council for Master's programs. In 1997, Shenzhen University reorganized into the faculty and college structure, adopted a work-study program and committed to an integrated approach to teaching.[citation needed]

Since 2017, the university has concentrated research-oriented teaching and has invested heavily in providing state of the art research laboratories. In 2017, the research budget totaled 9,705,000 million RMB. In 2006, three faculties were accredited to offer Ph.D degrees.[citation needed]


Faculty departmental structure[edit]

SZU now has 27 schools (colleges), providing 57 undergraduate programs, 70 master's programs and 3 doctorate programs. It has 7 key science and engineering laboratories and 4 humanities and social sciences research centers.

Normal College College of Literature Arts School of Foreign Languages School of Mass Communication
  • Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Musicology
  • Performance (non-normal)
  • Chinese language and Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • English language
  • Japanese language
  • French language
  • Advertising
  • Communication
  • Journalism
College of Economics College of Management Law School College of Art Design
  • Economics
  • Communications and Transportation
  • Logistics Management
  • International Finance and Trade
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Management and Information System
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Administrative Management
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Clothing Design and Engineering
  • Art Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Animation
  • Art Design Studies
College of Materials Science and Engineering College of Physics and Technology School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering College of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physics
  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Food science and Engineering
  • Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Information and Computing Science
  • Statistics
College of Information Engineering College of Computer Science & Software Engineering School of Architecture and Urban Planning College of Civil Engineering
  • Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Computer Science and Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Geospatial Information Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Traffic Engineering
College of Mechatronics and Control Engineering College of Electronic Science and Technology College of Life Science Golf College
  • Machinery Design, Manufacture and Automation
  • Automation
  • Electronic Science and Technology
  • Optical Information science and technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration (Golf Management)
College of Optoelectronic Engineering College of Adult Education School of Medicine College of International Exchange
  • Measurement Control Technology and Instruments
  • Photoelectric Information Engineering
  • 38 majors (Adult Education)
Graduate School Department of Social Science Department of Physical Education / Shenzhen Audencia Business School


The faculty consists of 3455 staff. There are 2267 teachers, 561 technicists, 627 administrative staffs, 782 postdoctoral, 220 full-time researchers, 119 visiting professors, 228 foreign teachers. It has seven academicians in the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 10 academicians in both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.


The university is a main research center of Shenzhen city. It produced 846 SCI cited papers in 2014. The university teaching and research faculty had 356 works authored, 35 of which were translated into various languages. In addition, two technical inventions won the second prize in the National Technical Invention Competition, and one was awarded the first prize in the provincial invention competition. There were 26 research papers and projects which won prizes for science and innovation awarded by the People's Liberation Army as well as various research achievement prizes above the provincial level. 48 inventions and innovations from Shenzhen University have been marketed and 281 inventions have been adopted.

Research at Lab of Smart Sensing and Mobile Computing, SSMC[edit]

The Lab of Smart Sensing and Mobile Computing (SSMC) headed by Distinguish Professor Dr.Kaishun Wu at Shenzhen University was established in 2013. Focusing on Internet of things and mobile computing, it is an interdisciplinary research center that was formed with the strength from several disciplines in Shenzhen University, such as Computer Science, Biological Science, Physical Science and Cognitive Science. In recent years, the Center has been staffed with many overseas high-caliber talents from universities such as Harvard University, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of British Coloumbia etc.. The center is collaborating on joint research with top universities from Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States. Members can be recommended to famous overseas universities for further study. The center also has enough funding to encourage the combination of industry and high-level research. Under this center, one of the nine provincial level research platform - Wireless Big data and Future Networking Engineering was established in 2016.[4]

Research Institution's
China Center for Special Economic Zone Research Lab of Smart Sensing & Mobile Computing Research Centre for Language & Cognition Centre For Indian Studies
Collaborative Innovation Centre for Optoelectronic Science and Technology Center for Media and Social Changes Center for China's Overseas Interest Key Laboratory For Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Mold & Die
Institute for Urban Planning Design & Research Institute for Nano Surface Science & Engineering Institute for Cultural Industries Immigration Culture Research Centre


Shenzhen University library holds a collection of 51202 million items(including Phase I project of Xili campus library), consisting of 4,007,900 million paper resources and there are 257 kinds of databases, which including 2,325,500 full-text e-books in Chinese and foreign languages and 124,800 e-journal are accessible via personal computers and Internet library terminals. The campus has 30,000 Internet connections and 99 percent of its classrooms and lecture halls have been digitized.


Currently, SZU has 34,949 full-time students including 27,564 undergraduates, 7132 postgraduates, 253 doctors, 837 international students, 1340 part-time postgraduates and 18784 adult education students.

Shenzhen University's geographic location in East Asia has attracted many international students. It has granted diplomas to 2,000 graduates from the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administration Regions as well as Taiwan. Shenzhen University has also established "dual-campus" joint-programs for undergraduate degrees with institutions in Great Britain and other foreign countries. There are up to 2,500 students that graduated from these joint programs since the university's inception, and the quality of programs has been accredited by the British Council. Shenzhen University participates with annual exchanges students and teachers with its sister universities in the United States of America, Great Britain, Japan, and South Korea.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-06-27.
  2. ^ "Top Ranking University in China".
  3. ^ "Top Ranking University".
  4. ^ "SZU ranks first nationwide in PCT application".

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