South China University of Technology (SCUT) is one of China's leading universities. It operates under the direct leadership of the State Ministry of Education; It is also a member of ‘Project 985’ and ‘Project 211’ which qualifies it as a top institution in teaching and research. In 2012, SCUT entered the top 500 with chemistry ranked in top 200, and engineering even ranked in top 150. The international status of SCUT has improved strikingly and the university is competitive enough to play a role in international society.
SCUT is located in Guangzhou, near Hong Kong and Macau. It has two campuses: the north campus in Tianhe District is in an attractive area, with rolling hills, lakes, lush greenery and brilliant flowers. The campus architecture is a mixture of both traditional and modern design. The south campus is located in University Town in Panyu, which has an open and spacious environment, featuring extensive landscaping and innovative architecture.
Since its establishment in 1952, SCUT has developed into a major, comprehensive university that offers multiple disciplines including science, engineering, business, management, liberal arts, law, bio-medical science and art design. SCUT is currently composed of 26 schools offering 79 Bachelor’s degree programs, 193 Master’s degree programs, and 107 Ph.D. programs. Since its founding, the university has produced over 290,000 graduates in many areas. A large number of them have become technological mainstays, distinguished entrepreneurs or leading cadres. SCUT has appropriately been called "a cradle of engineers" and "a cradle of entrepreneurs".
SCUT strives to be an exceptional example for the rest of the international university community. It is active in academic exchange, promoting collaboration with more than 100 overseas universities. In 2014, there were 2238 international students from 130 countries studying at SCUT; about 60% are enrolled in a degree program, while the rest are learning Chinese. Most of the students in the Chines language program continue on to undergraduate and postgraduate studies after they pass the required Chinese proficiency exam.