Soochow University ( Suzhou University )

Why Study at Soochow University, China

Brief introduction

Soochow University, colloquially known in Chinese as Suda is a university in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. The school is part of the Chinese Ministry of Education's Project 211, and a Jiangsu provincial key comprehensive university. The School of Humanities, School of Textile and Clothing Engineering, School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and School of Medicine are the university's most visibly distinguished schools.

1. History

The original Soochow University was founded by Methodists in Suzhou in 1900 as a merger of three existing institutions: the Po-hsi Academy, the Kung-hsiang Academy, and the Chung-hsi Academy. The university was split in 1949 as a result of the Chinese Civil War, and merged with the Southern Jiangsu College of Culture and Education and the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Jiangnan University to form the Jiangsu Teacher's College in 1952. The English name Soochow University was revived in 1982; however, the original Chinese name Dongwu was not adopted, and the institution was given the name Suzhou. The Suzhou College of Sericulture, Suzhou Institute of Silk Textile Technology and Suzhou Medical College were each merged into the University in 1995, 1997 and 2000 successively.

Members of the Soochow Alumni Association who fled to Taiwan after 1949 established the Soochow University in Taipei, starting with its College of Law in 1951 and becoming a full-fledged university with five schools in 1971.

Soochow University is one of the top 5% research universities (overall ranking 36 within 704 Chinese universities in 2013), and a member of the "2011 plan" - the latest program launched in 2011 by the Chinese Ministry of Education to develop into world class top universities.

2. Campus Overview

Soochow University consists of 6 campuses covering an area of 135 hectares and with 940,000 square meters of building area. The main and most beautiful campus is located at No.1 Shizi Street. There are currently more than 50,000 students enrolled in Soochow University, including over 25,067 undergraduate students, 14,332 postgraduate students, 1,945 international students.

The campus grounds have been described as among China's most beautiful, in part based on the incorporation of "typical features of the classical gardens in Suzhou".

3. Discipline and programs 

Through more than 100 years of development, Soochow University has developed into an open, comprehensive and research-oriented university, combining disciplines in liberal arts, math, society, costume, science, business, law, material and chemistry, electronic information, education, mechanical and electrical engineering, media, engineering, economics, management, language, medical science, computer, architecture, environment, sports etc. Doctoral programs are available in 167 fields, 29 postdoctoral stations, master’s programs in 244 fields and bachelor programs in 113 subjects. 

4. Achievements

Soochow University attaches great importance on teaching and research, and there are an average of about 40 students receives national level and above awards every year. In the twenty-ninth session of the Beijing Olympic Games, the players of Soochow University won two gold and one bronze medals. In the 16th Guangzhou Asian Games, a total of more than 10 students of the school was selected as the Chinese sports delegation, participated in the game of Taekwondo, athletics, handball and other projects, won 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal.

In 2010, Soochow University implements science and technology innovation strategy and achieved fruitful results. Its chemistry, physics, materials science, clinical medicine, engineering, and other disciplines rank into the world's top 1% of ESI. At the deadline of 2012, the university has had access to 276 national projects in the field of Natural Science, including 265 National Natural Science Foundation projects and 19 national major projects. And the number of National Natural Science Foundation projects ranks the top 20 of universities in China.  

Soochow University has access to 30 national social science fund projects in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences, including 2 key projects, 2 projects selected into national philosophy and social sciences library, 2 projects selected into "the results of the report"of national social science fund. In 2011, a total of 899 papers was included by SCIE (I, II District 307), and in 2011, 514 patents were declared by the Soochow University, licensed 240 patents.

5. International collaboration

The university has established several joint programs with foreign universities:

Soochow University and Athabasca University in Canada offer a joint degree program for Chinese undergraduate students, who study in Suzhou and are awarded a Bachelor of Management degree (from Athabasca) and a Bachelor of Administration degree (from Soochow) upon completing four years of coursework. All courses are delivered in English.

Daejin University, a South Korean private university, operates one of its two China campuses on the Soochow University grounds, with the other campus located at Harbin Normal University. Daejin maintains its own building with accommodation and classrooms.

Cornell Law School (United States) and Bucerius Law School (Germany) operate a Summer Law Institute in partnership with Soochow's Kenneth Wang School of Law.

Bard College, a private liberal arts college in New York in the United States, and Soochow University will offer a comprehensive partnership that will include a joint program between Soochow University School of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music, exploration leading to the creation of The Bard College Liberal Arts Academy at Soochow University, and student exchange.



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