University description (as per official university website)
Shantou University (STU) was founded in 1981 and started student enrollment in 1983. It is a key comprehensive university under the “Project 211” in Guangdong Province. It is the only institution of higher education in the Chaoshan area that has provided tens of thousands of local residents with higher learning. Its campus covers a total area of 2,106.11 mu, with the floor space reaching 448,400 m2.
Since its inception, STU has benefitted from the great support and generous donations of Mr. Li Ka-shing, a distinguished international entrepreneur and philanthropist. It is the only university in China that has received long-time funding from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, which has amounted to more than HK $3.6 billion.
STU is strongly supported by the Central, Provincial, and Municipal authorities. President Hu Jintao visited the university in the early 1990s. President Jiang Zemin paid two visits to the university and wrote the following inscription as praise and encouragement to the staff and students: “The mission is demanding and the journey ahead is long.” Other leaders of the Central Government have also visited the university. Among them are Premier Li Peng, NPC（National People's Congress）Chairman Qiao Shi, and CPPCC Chairman Li Ruihuan.
STU is striving hard to become a modern institution of higher education with unique strength, international character, and global recognition. Since 2002, the University has conducted an aggressive internationalization-orientated reform to cultivate talents with the motto, “Aspiration, Knowledge, Perseverance, Achievement.” Through a series of pedagogical reforms, it aims to offer a platform for the exploration of higher educational reform in China. Comrade Li Lanqing, member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council, praised the University as “the experimental zone for higher educational reform in China.”
Background of Establishment
Mr. Li Ka-shing inspecting STU's construction site.
With the generous support and assistance of the Li Ka Shing Foundation and government officials at all levels, the university keeps pursuing comprehensive and profound reforms in academic management, human resources, and financial systems. The University hopes to create an incubating environment for tertiary education in the 21st century; to provide students with integrity, creativity, and critical thinking skills; and to prepare them for the demands of China’s rapid development.
STU is located within Chaoshan district in the eastern part of Guangdong Province. With a population of more than 10 million and limited land, the opportunity to create industry in Chaoshan is limited. Determined to contribute to the development of his hometown, Li Ka-shing realized that cultivating capable and talented people are the key to creating and sustaining cultural and economic development in this area of limited industry and abundance.
Since its founding, STU has received support from various levels of government, ranging from the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China(MOE) to Guangdong Province and Shantou city, and has obtained generous financial aid from Mr. Li (more than HK $3.1 billion or US $397 million to date).
On February 8, 1990, the STU inauguration ceremony was held after completion
On August 26, 1983, the State Council granted permission to establish STU.
In 1983, STU began to enroll undergraduate students, and the Ministry of Education approved Shantou Medical Vocational School to be merged into STU and renamed Shantou University Medical College (SUMC).
On January 1, 1984, the STU foundation stone laying ceremony was held.
On June 20, 1986, Deng Xiaoping received Mr. Li Ka-shing in Beijing and suggested that STU should develop along freer lines and gradually attain the status of a national key university.
On February 10, 1987, the STU Council was established.
On February 8, 1990, the STU inauguration ceremony was held.
In 1991, STU was listed among the universities to enroll students with scores above the first-round undergraduate admission cut-off mark.
In 1993, STU was authorized to conduct Master’s programs.
In December 1996, STU was short-listed as a candidate for the "Project 211".
In 1998, STU was authorized to offer doctoral programs.
In 2001, the Preclinical Medicine Center for post-doctoral studies was established.
In 2002, Pathology and Pathophysiology were approved by the MOE as a National Key Discipline.
In 2002, the Credit System Reform and English Enhancement Program were launched.
In July 2003, STU passed the project assessment for "Project 211" in the "Ninth Five-Year Plan".
In April 2007, STU was accredited "outstanding" by the Ministry of Education for its undergraduate programs after being audited by a team of high-caliber panelists elected by MOE.
In 2007, STU ranked No.53 among all national colleges & universities and No.14 among comprehensive universities, according to the 2007 Chinese University Ranking in Scientific Innovation.
Program Development and Research
Shantou University has developed a variety of programs to train undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students, with one National Key Discipline (Pathology and Pathophysiology), four Guangdong Provincial Key Disciplines (Pathology and Pathophysiology, Fundamental Mathematics, Immunology, and Pharmacology), one post-doctoral program (Preclinical Medicine), seven second-level doctoral programs, two first-level master’s programs, 47 second-level master’s programs and the “Cheung Kong Scholar” professorship. It has established a number of centers and laboratories, which conduct basic scientific research and directly serve local economic development, including the Artificial Intelligence Manufacturing Technology Laboratory funded by the Ministry of Education, STU Division of National Key Discipline in Molecular Pathology, Research Institute of Tumor Pathology, Marine Biology Laboratory of Guangdong Province, Image-processing Technology Key Laboratory of Guangdong Province, CAD/CAM Center, Laboratory for Wind Tunnel Testing, Laboratory for Structural Engineering, FMS Laboratory and Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition.
In 2007, STU received RMB $28.2 million to fund research projects, a 42.9 percent increase from the previous year. Among the projects, four were rated at the “National Projects of Science and Technology.” Five were under the “National Project 863,” and 30 were sponsored by National Natural Science Fund (NNSF). The academic staff published 157 SCI-indexed papers, an increase from 2005 and 2006 in terms of the number of papers indexed by SCI, EI, and ISTP. Two projects were awarded second and third prize of the Provincial Award for Scientific and Technological Achievements. The University was approved as one of the first “Province Intellectual Property Pilot Institutions” by the Intellectual Property of Guangdong Province. According to the 2007 Chinese University Ranking in Scientific Innovation, STU ranks No.53 among all Chinese universities and No.14 among Chinese comprehensive universities.
International Exchange and Cooperation
STU takes full advantage of the support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation and the ties with overseas universities to strengthen academic exchange and cooperation. Distinguished scholars from first-class universities at home and abroad have been invited to present seminars or lectures to the University’s undergraduate students, so as to broaden their academic horizon. Among the scholars are Nobel laureates Chen Ning Yang, James Mirless and Steven Chu, as well as other world-class celebrities including Shiing-Shen Chern, Shing-Tung Yau, Yuh-kang Pan and David D. Ho. Some famous scientists from well-known universities like Cambridge University and University of California at Berkeley (UCB) were also recruited as honorary professors, chair professors or adjunct professors to deliver academic lectures at the university.
Under the auspice of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, STU has become one of the few universities in Mainland China that awards full scholarships to overseas exchange students. The university has established close academic ties with nearly 20 universities in such countries as the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Australia and Germany, and launched exchange programs for undergraduates and graduate students.