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Shenzhen University

Shenzhen University

Shenzhen University


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Shenzhen University (SZU) is located in China's pioneering city of reform and open-up —— Shenzhen. Known as "the Special Economic Zone University, the Window University, the Experimental University", SZU has grown into a multi-disciplinary university hosting over 34,000 students, 3,770 faculty and staff members since it was founded in 1983. SZU, characterized by its youthful vigor, beautiful campus and rapid growth, offers bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees in a wide range of programs. SZU is committed to building an innovative, high-level and internationally prominent university.

One of our goals is to nurture students’ innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to boost social, economic and cultural prosperity in the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau and beyond.

SZU is accelerating its pace toward rich diversity and robust internationalization. With over 200 overseas partnership universities, SZU attracts about 1,500 international students every year. SZU is one of the most beautiful universities in China with rolling hills covered with lychee trees and flowers, two lakes, woods, plenty of green space and works of art. We welcome scholars and students from across the globe to come and join us.



With two campuses in Houhai and Xili, Shenzhen University covers a total area of 2.72 square kilometers. The University provides students, faculty, and staff with rich teaching resources and scientific research facilities. The SZU Library has more than 4,079,700 books and 257 databases,which contain 2,235,500 full-text e-books and 124,800 full-text electronic journals. The University has a National Undergraduate Education Reform Center, a National Education Innovation Center, a National TeachingPracticeCenter, two National Teaching Demonstration Centers, a National Virtual Teaching Center, fifteen Provincial Teaching Demonstration Centers, and a Provincial Virtual Teaching Center. Additionally, there are three national engineering laboratories, one national engineering center, two key laboratories of the Ministry of Education, and 38provincialkeylaboratories.

Shenzhen University has an enrollment of 35,455 full-time students, which include 28,674 undergraduates, 6,433 postgraduates, 348 doctoral students. And besides, there are1,744 part-time postgraduates, 21,022 adult education students, and 837 international students. Shenzhen University is a comprehensive university with a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, literature, economics, law, education, science, engineering, management, medicine, history, and arts, eleven disciplines in total. The university consists of 27 schools and two affiliated hospitals, offering 90 undergraduate majors. Shenzhen University now has five state-level specialty programs, ten provincial-level specialty programs, and fifteen provincial-level key disciplines. There are ten first-grade doctoral degree conferring disciplines, three post-doctoral research stations, and one post-doctor workstation. There is 38 first-grade master degree conferring disciplines; 18 professional master degree conferring disciplines, of which 12 are in the field of engineering. Engineering, clinical medicine, materials science, biology and biochemistry, computer science, and chemistry entered the top 1% of ESI, and are ranked the 84th on the list of Chinese universities ESI Extended highly cited papers. Shenzhen University also initiated the establishment of the “UOOC Alliance of Local Universities and Colleges” with 125 membership universities and colleges offerings 310 online courses. A total number of nearly 500,000 students from103 membership universities and colleges have taken courses and 54 members have set up the crediting mode. In 2017, undergraduates of Shenzhen University won 727 awards in a variety of fields at different levels, including 175 international prizes, 241 national prizes, and 237 provincial and ministerial prizes.

Shenzhen University boasts of many eminent world-class scholars. The University has a total of 3,776 staff members, including 2,351 academic staff members (517 professors and 642 associate professors), 669 technicians, and 756 administrative staff members. In addition, there are 955 postdoctoral students, 336 full-time researcher fellows, and 154 visiting professors. There are 16 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering (including five visiting academicians), one academician of the American Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, four academicians of the American Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Engineering, or the American Academy of Medical Sciences (visiting scholars), one academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering, one academician of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, one academician of the Canadian Academy of Sciences and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (visiting scholar), one academician of the European Academy of Sciences (visiting scholar), three academicians of the Eurasian Academy of Sciences, one Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine (visiting scholar). Additionally, there are five National Distinguished Scientists of the “973 Program,” 25 Changjiang Distinguished Scholars, 32 awardees of the National Nature Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, fourteen awardees of the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars, and nine scholars in the “New Century Talents Program” of the Ministry of Education.

The University has been fully committed to supporting research excellence. In 2017, the University budgeted more than one billion yuan in research. There were 281 new projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, ranking 23rdinChinaand 2ndin Guangdong Province, and 31 new projects supported by the National Social Science Foundation of China, ranking 37thin the country and 3rdin Guangdong Province. Our faculty published a total of 2,280 papers in SCI-indexed journals and 202 papers in SSCI indexed journals, received 2,160 scientific research awards, and were granted 327 patents (including 211 invention patents). TheJournal of Shenzhen University, Science and Engineering Edition has won the 4thChina University Science and Technology Periodical Excellence Award, and theJournal of Shenzhen University, Social Sciences Edition is ranked 23rdin university journals in China with regards to the number of citations received.

The University proactively promotes “internationalization in talent training, research cooperation, faculty development, and cultural exchanges.”It has worked with 248 overseas universities to provide high-quality student exchange programs, joint degree programs, research collaborations, and a variety of other forms of international collaboration and partnerships.

With the strong backing of Shenzhen municipality, SZU has evolved alongside the socioeconomic development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. Facing the world, the University will foster high-quality innovative and entrepreneurial talents in the spirit of reform and innovation, strive for cultural leadership to realize innovative and qualitative development and build the high-level Special Economic Zone University for the people.

(last updated: Oct 2018)



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    Shenzhen University, 3688 Nanhai Boulevard, 518060, Shenzhen