Soochow University is located in Suzhou City -- "the paradise on earth". Originally named East Wu University, it is now a key university of "211 projects" and a comprehensive university of Jiangsu Province. As one of China's earliest universities ever established, it achieved many "firsts": the first university characterized by western education style; the first university to establish Journal; the first university to carry out law science education; the first university to offer Master's degree for post-graduate students. During the adjustments of colleges and departments in 1952,the department of arts and sciences of East Wu University was combined with South Jiangsu Culture Education Institute and the Mathematics and Physics Department of Southern Yangtze University and was named South Jiangsu Teachers College, which was later changed into Jiangsu Teachers College. In 1982, with the approval of the State Council, it was named Soochow University. Later, with the approval of Ministry of Education and the People's Government of Jiangsu Province, College of Sericulture, Silk Institute of Technology as well as Suzhou Medical College were respectively emerged into Soochow University in 1995,1997 and 2000.




Today, Soochow University has set up twelve discipline categories, for example, philosophy, economics, laws science, pedagogy, literature, history, science, engineering, agronomy, medicine, management science, art, etc. With such a large scale and solid basis, Soochow University has achieved great progress and become a locally comprehensive university.



During the past 111 years, Soochow University has provided more than 30,0000 talents for the society, many of whom have become famous scholars and celebrities in various fields as science, education, Culture. For example, Xu Deheng, Zhou Gucheng, Fei Xiaotong, Lei Jieqiong, Sun Qimeng --ex-Vice-Heads of the NPC Standing Committee; Zhao Puchu, Qian Weichang, Dong Yinchu -- Vice-Chairmen of CPPCC; Li Zhengdao-- an celebrated scientist and a Nobel Prize Winner; Nizheng -- a famous jurist; Zheng Pijiang -- a silkworm mulberry educator; Du Ziwei -- a cerebral surgery expert and medical educator; Yang Tieliang and Zha Liangyong --Hong Kong celebrities; Zhu Yongxin--member of the NPC and central vice-chairman of Democratic Progressive Party, Zhang Weiguo--Vice-Governor of Jiangsu Province; Gu Hao--ex-deputy secretary of Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee; Wu Xijun--ex-governor of Jiangsu Province; Tong Fu, Zhou Sangyi, Lu Jun--ex-vice-chairmen of the Political and Consultative Conference of Jiangsu Province; Tan Jiazhen, Liu Jiankang, Song Hongzhao--academicians of Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering. Soochow University owns 20 Post-doctoral Research Centers, 24 Doctor Degree authorizations for first level discipline, 167 Doctor Degree authorizations (including self-designed majors), 1 Doctor discipline of professional degree for first level discipline, 47 Master Degree authorships for first level discipline, 244 Master disciplines (including self-designed majors), 21 Master disciplines of professional degree, 111 undergraduate majors, 4 key disciplines of national level, 9 first level disciplines of provincial level (including 2 state-supported disciplines), 22 key disciplines of provincial level, 7 dominant disciplines in universities and colleges of Jiangsu province, 1 laboratory for national project, 1 state key laboratory construction center, 3 public service platforms of national level, 1 national university science and technology park, 16 provincial key laboratories, 2 experimental teaching and demonstration centers of national level, 4 provincial project centers, 5 public service platforms of provincial level, 1 national arts talent training base, 1 national science talent training base, 1 humanistic and social science research base authorized by the Ministry of Education, 1 social science research base authorized by General Administration of Sport of China. At present, Soochow University has 50,000 students, among who are 14,149 post-graduates, 24,753 under-graduates, 9,922 adult education degree receivers; besides, a strong teaching team including 4,414 teaching staff (1799 have been conferred the senior title), 4 academicians (3 of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 of Chinese Academy of Science and Third World Academy of Sciences) has been formed. In recent years, Soochow university pays much attention to teaching, and scientific research aiming at improving talents' quality under the guidance of the principle of "thickening basis, widening caliber, laying stress on application and practice", which contributes to the achievement that about 40 students win national prize annually.



In the 29th Beijing Olympic Games, participants from Soochow university won two gold medals and one bronze medal. In the 16th Guangzhou Asian Games, more than 10 students from Soochow University were admitted into Chinese Sports Delegation and participated in the matches as taekwondo, track-and-field and handball. In the Games, they won 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal. In 2010, adhering to the scientific development strategy characterized by indomitable spirit, Soochow University achieved great success in the fields of scientific research. In the field of natural science, Soochow university has 11 approved key projects of national level, among which are two"973" key programs, one ITER program, one Important National Science & Technology Specific Project, 6 Projects supported by the Major Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, one military "863"project. Moreover, there are 182 projects supported by the General Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. All in all, the programs of national level reach 202 with subsidization funds of 86.4 million Yuan; in the field of humanistic and social sciences, Soochow University has 23 projects supported by the National Social Science Fund with one key bidding project and two key programs. In 2010, it has applied for 326 patents, among which 163 were authorized. Soochow University ranks 25 among Higher Education Institutions in SCI. Since 2011,it has had 210 projects supported by the National Natural Science Fund with subsidization funds of more than 100 million Yuan. China's Reform and Opening up policy provides a broad platform for Soochow university to stage international communication and exchanges with more than 130 higher education institutions in Japan, France, Korea, Singapore, Germany, America, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.Every, nearly 2000 overseas students are admitted into Soochow university to study Chinese literature and other disciplines. In recent years, Soochow University, relying on the solid economic foundation and optimal locality of Jiangsu Province, has been making every effort to explore effective ways of promoting economic construction and social development. Presently, Soochow University is striving forward with unprecedented courage and insight aiming at becoming a famous university home and abroad.

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