Sun Yat-sen University ( Zhongshan University )

Why Study at Sun Yat-sen University, China

Brief Introduction

Sun Yat-sen University, originally known as Guangdong University, was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen (also called Sun Zhongshan), a great democratic revolutionary leader of the 20th century. The University is located in Guangdong Province, an area neighboring Hong Kong and Macao, which is at the forefront of China's reform and opening up.

Being one of the leading universities in the People's Republic of China, Sun Yat-sen University is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology, and management sciences.

1. A Long History and Fine Tradition

Sun Yat-sen University is a name-brand institution of higher education with fine traditions in teaching and learning. In 1924, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, great leader of the 20th century, founded this university personally, and inscribed in his own handwriting the school motto of "Study extensively; Enquire accurately; Reflect carefully; Discriminate clearly; Practice earnestly." The school was originally named Guangdong University, and later renamed Sun Yat-sen University in 1926. In the 1930s, there were seven schools in the University, which were the Schools of Arts, Sciences, Law, Engineering, Agricultural Studies, Medicine and Education. In 1935, the University set up the Graduate School and began to enroll graduate students. In the 1950s, the colleges, schools and departments were readjusted nationwide, and Sun Yat-sen University became a comprehensive university with the liberal arts and sciences as its backbone disciplines. Since the founding of the new China, Sun Yat-sen University has always been one of national key universities, and is also among the first batch of institutes to award Doctorate and Master degrees and to establish post-doctoral research flowing stations in our country. Approved by the State Council, the university was the first to set up graduate school in the South China area in the early 1990s, thus offering a complete range of degrees from the bachelor, master to doctorate.

Sun Yat-sen University has been unceasingly raising the quality of undergraduate education and has become an important base for training high-level talents. On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, President Jiang Zemin wrote the inscription of "Develop Dr. Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary spirit, manage the University better and make greater contributions" which further points out the direction for running schools. In September 2000, the Zhuhai Campus of Sun Yat-sen University in Tang Jia Wan, Zhuhai city, was completed, which expands the space and lays a solid foundation for development in the new century. On October 26, 2001, Sun Yat-sen University and the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science were merged to form the new Sun Yat-sen University. The Ministry of Education and the government of Guangdong Province signed an agreement, both promising to invest 1.2 billion CNY in 3 years to build the new Sun Yat-sen University into a first class university with high academic standards.

2. Overview of Campus

At present, Sun Yat-sen University covers a total area of 5.972 square kilometers and has 4 campuses: Guangzhou South Campus, Guangzhou North Campus, Guangzhou East Campus, and Zhuhai Campus.

It has about 82,384 students studying on four campuses in Guangzhou and Zhuhai. Benefiting from its location near Hong Kong and Macao and the regional advantage of opening and economic development, the university has become an important base for training high-level talents, scientific research, providing services to society and inheriting cultural traditions.

3. Disciplines and Programs

There are 32 schools or colleges and 5 departments directly under the University. At the undergraduate level, courses are offered in 102 subject areas; at the graduate level, Master’s degree are conferred in 251 programs and doctorates in 180. Currently, there are 41 postdoctoral programs and the student body totals over 84,600, of whom over 35,000 are working for their bachelor degrees, nearly 10,300 for their Master’s degrees and nearly 4,400 for their doctorate’s degree. The other categories of students are early up to 35,951.

4. Great Achievements

Sun Yat-sen University has become a cradle for talents, a center for knowledge and technology innovation, a pillar to serve society and a base for cultural inheritance and innovation. The University is now standing on a new starting point and striving to become one of the world-class universities.

SYSU is the center of learning and culture in South China where great academic masters gather together. Many renowned scholars in early modern and modern China once taught at the University. Their strong characteristics and outstanding academic achievements have been influencing generations of students and have been urging them to advance the great academic traditions. We are proud that the University today has many distinguished scholars including academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, professors of Thousand Talents Program, chair professors of Chang Jiang Scholars Program, and recipients of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. They carry on the traditions of the forerunners and become the academic pillars of the University. Faculty and students work together to create a liberal academic atmosphere for interdisciplinary studies, provide positive conditions for students to learn and grow, and build a harmonious academic environment for science and technology innovation and cultural inheritance and innovation.

5. Excellent Prospects

The aim of talent cultivation at SYSU is to nurture high-quality, interdisciplinary and top-notch students with international perspectives, a sense of social responsibility and innovative spirit. To achieve this goal, faculty and staff make unremitting efforts to innovate mechanisms of talent cultivation in accordance with the fundamental principle of “educating with love”.

International Communication and Cooperation

Sun Yat-sen University has also successfully built international cooperation and exchange relationships with many top universities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2010-2011, Sun Yat-sen University was ranked in the top 200 in the world.

Global Partnership

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