Shenzhen University

Why Study at Shenzhen University, China

Brief Introduction

Shenzhen University is a public university established in 1983. It is located in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China and accredited by the State Council of the People's Republic of China and is funded by the Shenzhen government. The university took its first enrollment the same year at what Deng Xiaoping called “Shenzhen Speed”.

(1). History 

The establishment of Shenzhen University as a full-time comprehensive university highlighted China Ministry of Education’s ambition to further develop the critical infrastructure in the Special Economic Zone. Therefore, it appointed Professor Zhang Wei, the former vice-president of Tsinghua University, and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, as the first president of the university to spearhead its development.

Shenzhen University has attracted domestic and overseas political, academic and business circles since its foundation. Deng Xiaoping gave his personal approval to the university and Jiang Zemin penned the university's characters in his own hand. The university has received the visits of heads of state, scientists, and researchers such as Nobel Prize winner in Physics Dr. Yang Zhenning. Many business and academics have made donations to support the development of Shenzhen University and some entrepreneurs have set up funds and scholarships in various disciplines.

In the last two decades, the university has made great improvements. It has been at the forefront of many academic and administrative reforms and has expanded its pursuit to include excellence in undergraduate teaching as well as research-intensive programs for graduate and post graduate degrees.

In 1995, Shenzhen University passed the teaching evaluation for the undergraduate program accredited by MOE, and was among the first group of universities in China to have its undergraduate programs certified. In 1996, Shenzhen University was accredited by the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of the State Council for Master's programs. In 1997, Shenzhen University reorganized into the faculty and college structure, adopted a work-study program and committed to an integrated approach to teaching.

Since 2000, the university has concentrated research-oriented teaching and has invested heavily in providing state of the art research laboratories. In 2005, the research budget totaled 61 million CNY. In 2006, three faculties were accredited to offer PhD degrees.

(2). Discipline and programs 

Shenzhen University offers multi-level degrees with its 28 colleges, providing 84 undergraduate programs, 154 master programs, and 9 doctoral programs. The study area at Shenzhen University ranges from philosophy, literature, economics, management, law, education, sciences and engineering, liberal art, and history. Today, Shenzhen University has become a widely recognized multi-discipline university both home and abroad and strives to be a leading innovative university with an international profile.  

(3). Academic facilities and Scientific research 

Shenzhen University maintains a high-caliber teaching staff with high qualifications and diverse academic background. The faculty consists of 1708 teachers and researchers, 424 professors, 612 associate professors, of which 1055 have doctorate degrees. It has seven academicians in the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 10 academicians in both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Shenzhen University library holds a collection of around 3.6275 million items, consisting of 2.12 million journals and books and 1.04 million e-books in Chinese and foreign languages. Furthermore, some 40,000 full-text e-journals, 189 academic CD-ROM databases as well as online databases are accessible via personal computers and Internet library terminals. The campus has 30,000 Internet connections and 99 percent of its classrooms and lecture halls have been digitized. Besides, it has 7 key science and engineering laboratories and 4 humanities and social sciences research centers.

(4). Great achievements 

The university is a main research center of Shenzhen city. It produced 846 CSI cited paper in 2014. The university teaching and research faculty had 356 works authored, 35 of which were translated into various languages. In addition, two technical inventions won the second prize in the National Technical Invention Competition, and one was awarded the first prize in the provincial invention competition. There were 26 research papers and projects which won prizes for science & innovation awarded by the People's Liberation Army as well as various research achievement prizes above the provincial level. There were 48 inventions and innovations from Shenzhen University that had been marketed and 281 inventions have been adopted.

(5). Communication and international cooperation 

Shenzhen University's geographic location in East Asia has attracted many foreign students.  Currently, Shenzhen University  has about 1,500 international students. Shenzhen University has also established “dual-campus” joint-programs for undergraduate degrees with institutions in Great Britain and other foreign countries. There are up to 2,500 students that graduated from these joint programs since the university's inception, and the quality of programs has been accredited by the British Council. Shenzhen University participates with annual exchanges students and teachers with its sister universities in the United States of America, Great Britain, Japan, and South Korea. Up till now, the university has established cooperative relationships with over 100 overseas universities. 



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