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Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)
SUSTech University Logo.png
Former names
South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC)
MottoResearch, Innovation, Entrepreneurship
Established2009 (opened 2011)
Endowment¥195,570,000 (2017)[1]
ChairmanChairperson Guo Yurong
PresidentChen Shiyi
Vice-presidentTang Tao, Lu Chun, Teng Jinguang
Vice-ChancellorVice Chairperson Li Fengliang
ProvostTang Tao
Academic staff
Students5381 (2018)
Undergraduates4029 (2018)
Postgraduates1340 (2018)
623 (2018)
Location, ,

22°36′02″N 113°59′41″E / 22.600556°N 113.994722°E / 22.600556; 113.994722Coordinates: 22°36′02″N 113°59′41″E / 22.600556°N 113.994722°E / 22.600556; 113.994722
CampusUrban, 480 acres (194.2 ha)
SUSTech at sunset
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)
Simplified Chinese南方科技大学
Traditional Chinese南方科技大學

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech, simplified Chinese: 南方科技大学; traditional Chinese: 南方科技大學; pinyin: Nánfāng Kējì Dàxué) is a public research university in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

Name Stone of SUSTech
PANO of the original campus of SUSTech 01
Night of SUSTech
SUSTech before the typhoon
The Opening Ceremony of SUSTech 2018

According to the Chinese Ministry of Education, SUSTech is a platform to experiment with Chinese higher education reform. The governments of the city of Shenzhen and Guangdong province are investing heavily in the university. It is working towards becoming a world-class university excelling in interdisciplinary research, nurturing innovative talents and delivering new knowledge to the world.

It changed its English name from South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC) to Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) after 2016.

Despite being a public university, SUSTech is administered and partly funded by the Shenzhen Municipal Government instead of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.


Southern University of Science and Technology (referred to as SUSTech) is a high-level, publicly funded university founded by Shenzhen in the context of China's higher education reform. It shoulders the burden of leading and demonstrating for China's higher education reform and is committed to serving the development of innovative cities like Shenzhen.

SUSTech carries forward the spirit of "daring to try, seeking truth and pragmatism, reforming and innovating, pursuing excellence." This highlights SUSTech's three pillars of "research, innovation and entrepreneurship", while striving to serve the development of an innovative country. SUSTech also works to assist the development of Shenzhen's internationalized, modernized and innovative city, while rapidly building up a high-level talent pipeline. As part of its goal to create world-class academic achievements and promote the application of science and technology in international high-level research universities, SUSTech is laying a solid foundation of scientific and technological achievements as its works towards building a world-class university, rooted in China.

The first president, Zhu Qingshi, was selected in June 2009 and planning commenced. In 2011, it admitted its first 45 students without considering their gaokao scores, and the SUSTech ordinance was passed by Shenzhen municipal government.

In April 2012, a significant milestone was reached when the university was identified as the National Comprehensive Reform Experimental School for Higher Education. In April 2012, the Ministry of Education agreed to establish a school and gave the school a major mission to explore a modern university system with Chinese characteristics and explore innovative talent training models. The following September saw the first 188 gaokao students were enrolled. A year later, in July 2013, SUSTech moved to its new campus in Nanshan District, Shenzhen. In January 2015 the current president, Chen Shiyi, was appointed.

In May 2018, SUSTech was given the right to award doctoral degrees across four majors, following approval from the Ministry of Education.[2][3] This is the quickest any university in mainland China has received approval for awarding doctoral degrees after their establishment.


In the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars rankings, SUSTech was ranked 62nd among the global top 100 institutions with most significant growth in high quality research publications; it ranked as the third fastest growing institution in the world.[4] In 2018, SUSTech received its first Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, where it was recognized as the youngest university to receive a ranking[5]. It was ranked between 301-350th, equal 8th among mainland Chinese universities.[6] It was specifically noted for the high quality of its research output, an area that THE refers to in its rankings as "citations", as well as its high score for international outlook compared to other mainland Chinese universities.[7][8]

University rankings
National Rankings Year
THE World University Rankings[6] =8 2019
THE Emerging Economies University Rankings [9] 14 2019
Nature Index[10] 40 2018
ARWU[11] 51-62 2018
World Rankings Year
THE World University Rankings[12] 301-350 2019
THE Emerging Economies University Rankings[9] 36 2019
Nature Index[10] 225 2018
ARWU[11] 501-600 2018


Using the subject setting and school-running mode of world-class science and engineering universities for reference, SUSTech emphasizes science, engineering and medicine as its main subjects and business and Humanities and social disciplines with Chinese characteristics. It operates departments at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels while conducting research across a range of new disciplines, making SUSTech a think tank for leading social development and a source of new knowledge and technology.

Teaching model[edit]

SUSTech differs from the majority of mainland Chinese universities in that the core curriculum is delivered in English. All course materials, lectures, exams, and coursework are completed in English, with Mandarin Chinese taught separately to international students as an additional course. SUSTech applies the innovative 2+2 system, allowing undergraduates to study a varied STEM curriculum during their first two years and selecting their major at the end of their second year.

The faculty-student ratio is currently 1:12, and there is an emphasis on lab time placed throughout the curriculum from the first year onwards.

Over 90% of the teaching and research staff are overseas returnees and more than 60% have education or work experience at the world's top 100 universities.

Schools and academic departments[edit]

SUSTech has two schools and 12 departments:

The university also has a Center for Language Education, which provides English and Mandarin Chinese courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research Facilities[edit]

With its endowment and support from both government and industry, SUSTech has been able to acquire some outstanding facilities for research.

These facilities and research centers include:

Arial Image of East Section of UTSZ at night, SUSTech is on the left .
  • The Materials Characterization and Preparation Center
  • The Cryo-Electron Microscopy Center;[13][14]
  • Foundations and Applied Research Centers on Pico-Scale;
  • Life Science Research Center;
  • Science on Micro and Nano-scale and Project Research Center;
  • Material Property Manipulation and Applied Research Center;
  • SUSTech Academy of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies;[15]
  • Shenzhen Grubbs Research Institute;
  • SUSTech Institute of Advanced Technology;
  • SUSTech-Peking University (PKU) Joint Institute of Plant and Food Science;[16]
  • Academy for Aeronautical and Astronautical Propulsion;
  • Shenzhen Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering;[17]
  • Engineering Innovation Center (Beijing) at SUSTech; and
  • Center for Computational Science and Engineering.

More research centers are under construction, and SUSTech aims to have nearly 30 research centers on its campus.

SUSTech is also the host of several key laboratories, at the national, provincial and municipal level. These key laboratories are a reflection of SUSTech's drive to move forward as a scientific research hub for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, as well as for China and the world.

Key Laboratories awarded to SUSTech and research areas
National and Provincial Key Laboratories Municipal Key Laboratories
(National) Comprehensive Control of Environmental Protection Drainage Basin Surface Water-Underground Water Pollution Thermoelectric Generation and Refrigeration
(Guangdong) Cellular Microenvironment and Disease Research Third-generation semiconductor devices
(Guangdong) Soil and Underground Water Pollution Control and Restoration Nano-imprinting Technology
(Guangdong) Quantum Dot Advanced Display and Lighting in Ordinary Universities Cellular Microenvironment
(Guangdong) Evolutionary Intelligence System in Ordinary Universities Organic Semiconductor Printing Material and Devices
Guangdong GaN Device Engineering Technology Research Center Soil and Underground Water Pollution Control
Guangdong Provincial Underground Water and Restoration Engineering Technology R&D Center Gallium Nitride (GaN) Devices
Urban Solid Waste Recycling Technology and Management
Full Spectrum Power Generation Function Material
Hydrogen Energy
Motor Direct Drive Technology
Computational Intelligence
Additive Manufacturing of High Functional Material

Student life[edit]

Residential college system[edit]

View of Residential Colleges and Lake

The residential college (RC) system is a core part of the comprehensive education at SUSTech. The diverse college culture aims to help students grow responsibly, emotionally and socially, and provide them with a full range of extracurricular learning and life activities. Residential colleges spare no efforts in building a tight-knit professor-student community and provides the opportunity for peer communication across subjects as well as peer learning support.

The residential colleges comprise student apartment blocks and related support facilities, including sports grounds and convenience stores. Each residential college has its own name, culture, tradition, activities and non-official education program, as well as tutoring, consultation, and interest clubs.

Newly recruited students can join any residential college and make their choice based on the characteristics of each one. After entering, the residential college assigns a tutor to each student. The tutor is a full-time SUSTech professor who will guide the student in their new life at college as well as beyond the four years of study.

The dean responsibility system is applied in each residential college. Each one invites a respected professor to act as dean of the residential college, and he or she is affiliated with residential college offices to manage daily affairs.

Student associations[edit]

A variety of student-created and run organizations are on campus such as the Literature Club, Hip Hop Club, Reading Club, Sit-Com Society, Guitar Club, Calligraphy Society and Voice-Dubbing Society. Currently, there are 116 clubs and societies: 18 academic skills, 76 art and sports, 5 innovation and entrepreneurship, 6 volunteer social work and 11 others.

Lecture series[edit]

SUSTech students communicate face to face with Nobel laureates, experts, and scholars, and attend seminars, lectures and forums, which are frequently organized on campus.

SUSTech strongly advocates the interaction between theory and practice and support undergraduates’ participation in research. In the past year, the following have been held: 830 lectures (2.3 per day), 80+ academicians/fellows shared their research findings, 50 high-level forums and academic conferences, and 4 Nobel laureates visits.


SUSTech is on a scenic stretch of land with winding creeks and tree-lined hills in Nanshan District of Shenzhen, covering an area of 1,943,800 square meters. The total construction area is more than 640,000 square meters and will be completed in two phases. Phase I, which comprises 32 buildings and complementary facilities, is 202,600 square meters, a capacity sufficient for 4,000 students with functions for teaching, research, administration, recreation and residential life. Phase II and Phase I extension is about 438,000 square meters, projected to be completed by 2019.

Upon completion, the campus will meet the needs of 8,000 students. The new campus enjoys convenient transportation in a natural, tranquil environment. The buildings are practical in use and modern in style. The architecture accommodates the requirements of teaching, research, and management, and conveys notions of energy conservation and eco-friendliness.

View of the Lynn Library

Lynn Library[edit]

The Lynn Library is one of the newest of most sophisticated libraries in southern China. By the end of December 2016, the library's print collection included 210,170 books (166,165 in Chinese and 44,005 in foreign languages), 123 newspapers and magazines (79 Chinese and 44 foreign), and 100 databases which hold 433,264 electronic books and 52,885 electronic journals. Moreover, by using CALIS, NSTL and Shenzhen Document Network, faculty and students can have access to resources hosted by other institutions across China and in the city of Shenzhen.


Shenzhen Grubbs Research Institute[edit]

On 31 May 2017, the Shenzhen Grubbs Research Institute was officially inaugurated at its opening ceremony in SUSTech. Shenzhen's first research institute was named after the 2005 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner Professor Robert H. Grubbs and is at SUSTech. It aims to become one of the world's leading new medicine, new materials and new energy research centers.

Times Higher Education Asian Universities Summit 2018[edit]

On 5-7 February 2018, the Times Higher Education Asian Universities Summit 2018 was held at SUSTech, the first Times Higher Education to be held in Mainland China and the largest THE summit held in Asia. The theme of the summit was 'Connecting cities, changing the world: research universities building Asia'. Over 300 delegates attended with over 20 current or former university presidents speaking at the event. The summit saw the launch of the Times Higher Education 2018 Asian University rankings.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 April 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "SUSTech to Award Doctoral Degrees Following Approval from MOE - Latest - SUSTC". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ "国务院学位委员会关于下达2017年审核增列的博士、硕士学位授予单位及其学位授权点名单的通知 - 中华人民共和国教育部政府门户网站". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ About SUSTC, Retrieved on 19 July 2016
  5. ^ "World University Rankings 2019: results announced". Times Higher Education (THE). 26 September 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 26 September 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  7. ^ "SUSTech Debuts in Top Ten Chinese Universities in THE World University Rankings 2019 - News Center - SUSTC". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Shenzhen Daily". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Emerging Economies". Times Higher Education (THE). 15 January 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  10. ^ a b "2018 tables: Institutions | 2018 tables | Institutions | Nature Index". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  11. ^ a b "ARWU World Top 500 Candidates | ARWU World University Rankings 2018 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 | Top 500 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2018". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  12. ^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 26 September 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  13. ^ "SUSTech Cryo-Electron Microscopy Center Opens, Becomes Largest in China. - Latest - SUSTC". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Shenzhen Daily". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  15. ^ "前沿与交叉科学研究院". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  16. ^ "南方科技大学-北京大学植物与食品联合研究所". Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  17. ^ "量子科学与工程研究院". Retrieved 20 January 2019.

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