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South China University of Technology

The South China University of Technology (SCUT) was founded in November 1952, and was then one of the four major engineering colleges in China. Our origins date further back to 1918, when our predecessor, the Guangdong No.1 Provincial College of Type I Industries, was founded. SCUT now operates on three campuses in the city of Guangzhou.

SCUT now ranks top 500 in the US News, QS, Times and ARWU world university rankings. In the US News Best Global Universities Rankings 2023, SCUT received a No. 1 ranking in two subject areas: Polymer Science; and Food Science and Technology. We are in ESI (Essential Science Indicators) top 1% in five fields: Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Agricultural Science and Computer Science. We rank 22nd in engineering among global universities. In 2021, SCUT was ranked in the top 50 in the Times Asia University Ranking, 15th among Chinese mainland universities.

SCUT has, over the years, built a “SCUT Pattern” on talent training, committed to cultivating innovative, creative and entrepreneurial talents with the 3Ps (power of learning, thinking and action). We have also blazed a “SCUT Trail” in sci-tech innovation that emphasizes the integration of research and social and economic development. We are thus regarded as an exemplar member of south China’s engineering colleges.

Since its founding, SCUT has graduated 570,000 alumni, over 400,000 of whom work in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. There are now 157 SCUT alumni associations worldwide.

Statistics show that SCUT alumni have founded or work as top executives in more than 200 listed companies in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, providing broad and solid support to the region’s development. 

SCUT has made an active effort to enhance China’s sci-tech self-reliance. We now run 28 state and 225 provincial/ministerial research platforms, ranking high in number among national peers and 1st in Guangdong Province.

Since 2016, SCUT has received over 182 national or provincial/ministerial research awards, including 11 National Science and Technology Awards, 57 provincial/ministerial first prizes, and 3 Outstanding Contribution Awards of Guangdong Province. In 2019, SCUT won the first prize of China’s Science and Technology Progress Award as the first contributor and led the establishment of the Guangdong Artificial Intelligence and Digital Economy Laboratory (Guangzhou).

SCUT ranks among the top Chinese universities with most patent disclosures, patent grants and valid invention patents. Since 2009, we have received 40 China Patent Awards, holding the best record among Chinese universities for 12 consecutive years.

SCUT has ranked top 10 in Reuters’ ranking of Asia’s Most Innovative Universities for 4 consecutive years, and continues to top Guangzhou Daily Data & Digit Institute’s ranking of Guangdong’s universities by the level of support to regional development.


In 2017, the Chinese Ministry of Education, the Guangdong provincial government, the Guangzhou municipal government and SCUT jointly established its Guangzhou International Campus (GZIC). GZIC provides SCUT with new momentum on its path toward a “Double First-Class University” and exemplifies China’s experiment with the Internationalization-at-Home model. GZIC is China’s first pilot zone for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’s international education reform. GZIC’s mission and vision are: to build a faculty of outstanding global scholars; to cultivate elite talents in the “emerging engineering” fields; to form deep ties with international peers; to aim at the forefront of scientific research; to promote commercialization of advanced research findings; to become a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship; and to aim for a world-class research campus featuring the “emerging engineering” disciplines.

The vision of SCUT is to build itself into a world-class university with Chinese characteristics, to be a trailblazer in the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao Greater Bay Area’s higher education, and to inject “SCUT Wisdom” and “SCUT Strength” to the China’s Dream of the great rejuvenation of China.