What you have to know about Guangzhou International Campus
2018-07-11 readCount:149

Since its inception in 1918, South China University of Technology (SCUT) has committed itself to building a world-class university. It was originated as the Guangdong Institute of the First A-class Industrial Engineering. In 1952, it was known as the South China Institute of Technology when the national readjustment of colleges and departments took place. Till 1988 it was renamed the South China University of Technology. After 100 years of development, SCUT steered onto a fast track of new enhancement, leading to improving in its ability to run schools, an increase in comprehensive strength, and expanding international influence. This has been testified by its constant progress in the four major world university rankings. In 2012, SCUT ranked among the Top 500 in Academic Ranking of World Universities. Afterwards, it moved up by 100 places every two years until 2017 when it ranked 235th globally and 11th in mainland China. In September 2017, SCUT embarked on its new journey in constructing a world-class university in the form of a Class A university of the Double First Class University Plan.
To give full play to SCUT’s advantages in cultivating talents and commercializing outputs of scientific research, a four-party agreement of constructing the Guangzhou International Campus of SCUT was signed in Beijing on March 15, 2017 by the Ministry of Education, Guangdong provincial government, Guangzhou municipal government, and SCUT. The agreement focuses on major strategic requirements of high-quality and innovation-driven development. It also serves to lead the economic and social advancement of Guangdong and nearby regions.
Take the Distant Future into Consideration in Building a World-class University
The Guangzhou International Campus of SCUT, which is expected to be completed by 2021, is located on the south bank of the Guangzhou International Innovation City, Panyu District. It covers an area of 110 hectares, of which 1.4 million square meters is construction area. SCUT will uphold high standards in planning, constructing and administering its third campus (after Wushan Campus and University Town Campus). Thanks for its advantageous resources in Science and Technology disciplines, SCUT aims to build a world-class campus within a short period of time. The enrollment of graduate and undergraduate students will start in 2018 and 2019 respectively, establishing a multi-layer educational system of 3,000 undergraduate students and 9,000 graduate students.
Focus on Emerging Interdisciplinary Fields in Response to National Strategies
Discipline design of the Guangzhou International Campus will be oriented towards the cutting edge of science and technology, and focus on the crossroads of frontier disciplines that will lead and support the future innovative development of China, especially the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. In order to lead industrial transformation internationally over the next 20 to 30 years and take Guangdong to the forefront of a new round of reform, SCUT will strengthen basic research, applied research and original innovation, usher in groundbreaking technologies and place emphasis on emerging interdisciplinary fields. Accordingly, 10 schools and several research institutes will be set up, including the established International School of Advanced Materials, School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Shien-Ming WU School of Intelligent Engineering, South China Advanced Institute for Soft Matter Science and Technology, SCUT-HKUST Joint Research Institute, Guangzhou Institute of Intelligent Engineering, Guangzhou Industrial Innovation Center for Materials Genome Engineering, and the Joint Institute for Biomedicine and Regenerative Medicine.
Pool Top International Talents in Building World-class Teaching Staff
The Guangzhou International Campus plans to integrate the introduction and cultivation of elite scholars by providing top-notch platforms for Nobel laureates, academicians of developed countries, senior professors from world-class universities, experts under the Thousand Young Talents Program and the Young Talent Support Plan, winners of the National Science Fund for Outstanding Young Scholars, and Young Changjiang Distinguished Professors.
To build an international and high-level faculty, the Guangzhou International Campus has recruited 100 top talents in various fields, including 5 members of CAS and CAE, 7 members of world recognized academic associations from developed countries in Europe and Americas and more than 20 other top-notch talents such as Chief Scientists for “Project 973” and IEEE Fellows. The number of teaching staff, administrators and nonacademic personnel is estimated to be 1,600.
Usher in a New Phase of Running Schools in Cooperation with World Top 100 Universities
In cooperation with World Top 100 universities and those with World Top 50 disciplines, each school of the Guangzhou International Campus will take the initiative to work with at least one or more than one foreign partner universities. Currently, SCUT has reached agreements or has intentions of cooperation with Oxford University, University of Michigan, McMaster University, Nanyang Technological University, University of Western Australia and other world-class universities.
Cooperate with Enterprises in Advancing Coordinated Innovation and Structuring a Talent Base
In active response to the construction of the Pearl River Delta Self-Dependent Innovation Demonstration Zone, SCUT will learn from the successful practices of world-class engineering universities through integrating into the regional system of innovation. To combine the efforts of universities, research institutes, and enterprises, the Guangzhou International Campus will collaborate with innovative high-tech enterprises in building the Guangzhou Science and Technology Innovation Center and the National Innovation Center for Technological Industry. In structuring an eco-system for technological innovation and entrepreneurs, Guangzhou International Campus will strive to be an Intelligent Valley for Guangzhou, Guangdong and China.

Source by the Administration Office of the Guangzhou International Campus
Edited by Xu Peimu