South China University of Technology (SCUT) is one of China's key universities operating under the direct leadership of the State Ministry of Education. The university, which has a total area of 294 hectares, is situated in Guangzhou, a southern metropolitan in China.
The university has two campuses: The North Campus and the South Campus. SCUT was established in 1952. In 1960, SCUT was awarded ranked among the key universities of China. In 1999, it was rated "excellent" during the Undergraduate Teaching Assessment, and was among the first "Excellent Universities of Undergraduate Education" in the country. After more than 50 years of development, SCUT has become a multidisciplinary university of high reputation in South China and in the whole country, focusing on engineering, combined with science, also promoting well coordinated development of management, economics, humanities and law. Now, it has 25 Schools, over 4,499 employees and 80,333 students (including 17,527 graduate students). Since 1978, SCUT has undertaken over 20,000 scientific research projects, of which 19 are sponsored by National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 67 by Project 973, 145 by Project 863 while 56 titled as Key Programs of National Natural Science Fund and 1300 as General Programs of National Natural Science Fund, with a total amount of nearly 40 billion RMB among these projects. In addition, it has been awarded 638 prizes at provincial level or above, including 48 national awards and 86 provincial or ministerial first prizes. Meanwhile, 14,967 papers have been published on SCIE, EI and ISTP (by the end of 2009). The University has 4,041 applied patents, of which 2,802 are invention patents and has 2,035 authorized patents, of which 948 are invention patents. SCUT has been ranking the top ten among domestic universities and colleges in terms of patent application number and patent authorization number for about 10 years.
SCUT website: en.scut.edu.cn