Introducing SCUT

The South China University of Technology (SCUT) is a leading educational institution in China, a public research-intensive university that is directly governed by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Located in the city of Guangzhou, a thriving metropolis in South China, it today covers a total area of 405 hectares, consisting of three campuses: the Wushan Campus, the University Town Campus, and the Guangzhou International Campus.
 
The university was formerly known as the South China Institute of Technology, which was first founded in 1952 by merging the engineering schools and departments of a number of major universities and polytechnic universities from five provinces in central and Southern China.
 
The reorganization, at the time, brought engineering faculties with the strongest academic strengths in central and southern China to assemble in Guangzhou. The predecessors of this new institute shared long histories of developing modern higher education and scientific research, especially in training students for abilities in engineering and technology. The outstanding tradition dates back to the early 20th century, when the Chinese modern thoughts of democracy and science were emerging and developing in its particular style in Guangdong province.
 
 
In 1960, the institute was selected by the state as a National Key Universities. In 1981, it was authorized by the State Council as one of the first institutions in the country to confer doctoral degrees and master degrees.
 
In 1988, the South China Institute of Technology was renamed the South China University of Technology.
 
In 1995, SCUT was listed in “Project 211”, which is a Chinese national endeavor aimed at strengthening top institutions of higher learning as a national priority for the 21st century. Then in 2001, the university was approved to be a member of “Project 985”, which is the country's most significant education project for funding world-class universities.
 
During the Undergraduate Teaching Assessment held by the state in 1999, SCUT was rated as the Excellent Level, which was among the first universities in the country to win such an honor. In the same year, authorized by the State Ministry of Technology and the State Ministry of Education, a national university science park was established.
 
After over 60 years of development, SCUT has become a multi-disciplinary university, merging science, engineering, business management, arts and social science, medicine and other disciplines into one integration. Since its founding, it has educated over 380,000 graduates at all levels. Large numbers of SCUT alumni have made key contributions to the country and the world, especially in economy, technology, and education.
 
In 2016, SCUT was ranked the world’s top 300 universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, with its engineering placed at the 22nd place. According to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, SCUT has chemistry, materials science, engineering, agricultural science, physics, biology and biochemistry, and computer science ranked in the global top 1‰.
 
Determined to take a more active and efficient role in the global education, SCUT has established connections and partnerships with over 50 overseas universities to promote student training and scientific research. There are international students from more than 100 countries studying in SCUT's campuses. Most of them take courses in Chinese language and culture, natural science, engineering, and business management.
 
Entering a new phase of the university’s history, our faculty will continue to take student cultivation as the ultimate goal of our agenda. Considering the importance of people as the fundamental element of education, the university always sees "the academy as the foundation, talented ones as the strength, open minds as the vitality, and the culture of the university as the energy to thrive and last". All these efforts are building SCUT as a top-ranking university in the country and a renowned world-class institution.