South China University of Technology 华南理工大学

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Overview

Chinese Name: 华南理工大学

English Name: South China University of Technology

Abbreviation: 华工(Huagong)、华工大(HuaGongda); SCUT

Established: 1952

Location: Guangzhou

Website: https://www.scut.edu.cn

South China University of Technology
South China University of Technology

Brief Introduction of South China University of Technology

The South China University of Technology has a long history and can be traced back to the first-class industrial school established in Guangdong Province广东省立第一甲种工业学校 in 1918.

In 1952, the South China University of Technology (formerly South China Institute of Technology前华南工学院) was officially established.

South China University of Technology Campus View
South China University of Technology Campus View

In 1960, it became a national key university.

In 1981, the South China University of Technology was approved by the State Council as the first batch of doctoral and master’s degree awarding units.

In 1995, it entered the ranks of “Project 211”.

In 2001, it entered the ranks of “Project 985”.

In 2017, the South China University of Technology entered the ranks of “double first-class” universities.

South China University of Technology Campus View
South China University of Technology Campus View

The South China University of Technology is located in Guangzhou, is a national key university directly under the Ministry of Education, the campus is divided into three parts. It is the first unit to obtain the award of “National Civilized Campus”. Nowadays, the South China University of Technology has developed into a comprehensive research university with expertise in engineering, the combination of science, engineering, and medicine, and the coordinated development of management, economics, literature, law, and other disciplines.

Education Achivements and Rankings

The South China University of Technology has 28 schools. The university promotes the construction of first-class universities with strong original scientific research and innovation ability. It has 28 national scientific research platforms and 217 ministerial and provincial scientific research platforms, ranking first among colleges and universities in China and Guangdong. 

The number of invention patent applications, invention patent authorizations, and effective invention patents has ranked first among colleges and universities in China. Since 2009, it has ranked first among colleges and universities in China in terms of the number of Chinese patent awards.

South China University of Technology Campus View
South China University of Technology Campus View


The overall level of light industry technology and engineering, architecture, food science and engineering, chemical engineering and technology, environmental science and engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, management science, and engineering has entered the top 10% in China.

11 disciplines of the university have entered the top 1% of ESI in the world, among which engineering, material science, chemistry, and agricultural science have ranked among the top 1 ‰ in the world, reaching the international top level.

South China University of Technology Campus View
South China University of Technology Campus View

As of 2021, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the South China University of Technology 50th in Asia and 26th in China with its teaching and research achievements.

Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the “Shanghai Ranking”, placed the South China University of Technology 26th in China.

South China University of Technology Campus View
South China University of Technology Campus View

Held in Beijing on the 15th China patent awards conference, three patents of the South China University of Technology won the recognition award in China patent, respectively is the “central air conditioning terminal temperature heat source and load remote control method and system”, “a kind of low noise narrow-linewidth single longitudinal mode of high power fiber laser” and “a tiny grooved tube multi-stage drawing method”.  

School History Museum


The history museum of the South China University of Technology is located on the east and west sides of the first floor of the Liwu励吾 science and technology building in the Wushan五山 campus. It is divided into two halls. The first hall mainly shows the history from the establishment of the University in 1952 to 1978, and the second hall mainly shows the history from 1978 to now, with a total construction area of about 500 square meters. 

The school history museum was firstly built in 2008 and officially opened on the eve of the school anniversary in November of that year. Led by the publicity department, it has jointly completed the construction of the school history museum with the development planning office, archives, academic affairs office, Youth League Committee, international exchange and cooperation office, student work office, and other departments. 

It was handed over to the archives in 2009, and the archives are responsible for the daily management of the premises, visit reception and explanation, content update, and other work. In 2010, 2012, and 2015, it carried out information updates, supplemented physical objects and equipment, and replacement of some display boards three times, and reached the peak of information update in 2018. In 2018, a total of 12072 people visited the school history museum, campus cultural landscape.

Famous Alumni

Since its establishment, the university has trained 560000 students of all kinds in higher education for the country. The employment rate of graduates has ranked among the forefront of colleges and universities in China and Guangdong Province for many years. A large number of alumni have become the backbone of science and technology, famous entrepreneurs, and leading cadres in China. The school is known as “the cradle of engineers” and “the cradle of entrepreneurs”, and is selected as the national mass entrepreneurship and innovation demonstration base.

South China University of Technology Campus View
South China University of Technology Campus View

Notable alumni in the sciences include He Jingtang何镜堂, who works hard in architecture, is a national survey and design master.

Notable alumni in the humanities and arts include the professional table tennis player Liu Shiwen刘诗雯 and the professional basketball player Liu Xiaoyu刘晓宇.

Liu Shiwen刘诗雯
Liu Shiwen刘诗雯
Liu Xiaoyu刘晓宇
Liu Xiaoyu刘晓宇

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