University of Science and Technology of China

Why Study at University of Science and Technology of China

University of Science And Technology of China (USTC) is a national research university in Hefei, Anhui, China, under the direct leadership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). It is a member of the C9 League formed by nine top universities in China. Founded in Beijing by the CAS in September 1958, it was moved to Hefei in the beginning of 1970 during the Cultural Revolution. USTC was founded with the mission of addressing urgent needs to improve China's economy, defense infrastructure, and science and technology education. USTC attaches great importance to technology transfer and has incubated dozens of high-tech enterprises. USTC has 1812 faculty members, of whom 42 are academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), 14 academicians of the Third World Academy of Sciences, 551 professors and 643 associate professors.

(1) History 
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) was established in Beijing 1958, and moved to Hefei, the capital city of Anhui province in the early 1970’s. USTC is under the jurisdiction of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).  USTC set up the first graduate school in China in 1978 to effectively cultivate its postgraduate students. Since its very beginning, CAS has adopted a policy of "running the university with resources of the entire CAS and integrating each of its departments with relevant CAS research institutes." It has been one of the first institutions included in China's "985 Program" and "Project 211", and the only university participating in the National Program for Knowledge Innovation. It is one of the C9 League, an association of nine top Chinese universities. As a key university of the nation, it is noted for its advanced science and high technology programs, unique management studies and well-tailored disciplines in the humanities. Furthermore, it jointly built the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT) with Hefei City in 2012, aiming to better promote the combination of education, research and industry. USTC-IAT focuses on fostering technological innovation and technology transfer in the IT industry, as well as microelectronics, health care, new energy, new materials and quantum information, etc.
(2) Discipline and programs
University of Science and Technology of China  (USTC) has 15 degree-granting schools in the fields of physical sciences, life sciences, information science and technology, earth and space sciences, public affairs, nuclear science and technology, mathematical sciences, chemistry and material science, engineering science, computer science and technology, management, humanities and social science, environmental science and electro-optical technology, and software engineering, as well as a school for gifted youth. USTC has 30 departments, 8 national key programs of first-level disciplines, 4 national key programs of second-level disciplines, 2 programs with major national support, 20 programs with major provincial and ministerial support. In addition, USTC has 2 institutes in Shanghai and Suzhou. In its national key programs of first-level disciplines including: mathematics, physics, chemistry, geophysics, and biology, history of science and technology, mechanics. Recently, the University has open Masters of Software project management program and Doctoral in public administration program, both taught in English in addition to the several existing English medium taught disciplines. Total enrollment for spring 2016 is about 15,500 students, of whom 7,400 are undergraduates, 6,200 are master’s students, and 1,900 are Ph.D. students. 
(3) Academic facilities and Scientific research 
As a source of scientific and technological innovation, a treasure house of new ideas, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) constantly aims to focus its research on the cutting edge of world scientific developments, to satisfy national strategic needs, to contribute to the development of regional economy and society, to provide knowledge for the improvement of life for all. USTC has 45 national-level and CAS/provincial/ ministerial-level laboratories and research centers, including the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, the National Key Laboratory of Fire Science. USTC has 1,812 faculty members, of whom 547 are professors, of whom 42 are academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), 14 academicians of the Third World Academy of Sciences. 
(4) University Science and Technology of China Achievement
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) is one of the most important innovation centers in China. It is the only university in China operating two national labs: the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale. It also jointly operates two national “big science” facilities along with CAS institutes: the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak and the Steady High Magnetic Field of the High Magnetic Field Laboratory. USTC is a world leader in fields like quantum manipulation, nanotechnology, high-temperature superconductivity, speech processing, fire science and life science. It is always ranked as one of the best universities in China. For example, USTC was ranked first among Chinese universities from 2008 to 2013 by Nature Publishing Index China. USTC is regarded in China as the “Cradle of Scientific Elites”. 
(5) Communication and international cooperation
University of Science and Technology of China actively participates in international cooperation in various ways. It has engaged in joint research and educational activities with internationally acclaimed organizations such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Max Planck Society, Oxford University, Heidelberg University, Stanford University, MIT, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University, etc. USTC is also a member of several important international networks, including the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and the Association of East Asian Research Universities, etc. In 2013, USTC hosted the signing ceremony for the Hefei Statement, which USTC has actively promoted. From 2000, USTC had joined Chinese Government Scholarship Programs. Now there’re 238 international students from 40 countries.
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