Our Development and Achievements
Soochow University sees academic and personal growth as its central job. Its philosophy toward education is to "impact moral character, and pursue teaching excellence". It strives to help students in all areas, cater lessons to the students’ needs and levels, strengthening basic knowledge and application, and emphasizing interdisciplinary thinking.
Our staff members are expected to take opportunities to improve and they lead many special research projects and programs that focus not only on their own training but also the training of selected students. It has established the Sino-Singapore Joint Laboratory and the Institution of Functional Polymer Science with the National University of Singapore. It has also established the Nanotechnology Joint Research Institute and the Green Polymer Engineering and Catalysis Laboratory with the University of Waterloo in Canada. Additionally, it has cooperated with the French EDITFLOW team to build the International Joint Laboratory of Measurement & Control Technology and other research institutions, effectively increasing the university’s ability and level of international joint research.
Due to the efforts of the generations of people at Soochow University, it has built a strong foundation of education, and made breakthroughs in university facilities as well as implemented innovative learning strategies. Starting with only the main campus (Tiancizhuang Campus), the university now has three major campuses after the addition of the Dushu Lake Campus and the Yangcheng Lake Campus, covering a total area of 405,800 m2. The total building area is more than 1,820,000 square meters, including a whole set of teaching buildings, dormitories, living areas, libraries, sports stadiums and laboratories. Some of the laboratories have reached top levels, which provide students and faculty solid support to carry out teaching and research work. It now has one national engineering laboratory, three national public service platforms, the National University Science Park, the Key Laboratory State Breeding Base, the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Base of the Ministry of Education, the Social Science Research Base of General Administration of Sports, 20 provincial key laboratories, seven provincial public service platforms, and four provincial engineering centers. A library is an indispensable part of any university. That’s why the university has paid close attention to providing very good resources at the main campus and East Campus. Additionally, the Binglin Library was constructed at the Dushu Lake campus. Our libraries house a rich collection of nearly 4 million books, more than 300,000 Chinese and foreign periodicals, more than 110 Chinese and foreign e-books, and offer 82 Chinese and foreign language databases. Soochow University has total staff of 4902, including five members part of the Chinese Academy of Science and Engineering (one is a foreigner), 27 top-level scholars with overseas education backgrounds, four Changjiang Scholars, and 10 members that received the National Outstanding Youth Fund. Among all of our staff, 2110 are associate professors or above. The Soochow University teaching team has become a strong group. In terms of study style, the university always adheres to the motto of "Unto a Full Grown Man" and the educational philosophy of "academic supremacy, applying knowledge, training model citizens". This helps Soochow University to cultivate the ideal, or "perfect”, professional who is ready to take on a world of opportunities.
When Soochow University was first established, there were only disciplines in liberal arts, science, medicine, and theology; later the discipline of law was started in Shanghai. Although it had few disciplines in the beginning, Soochow University earned a strong reputation for its quality education. Today, through one hundred years hard work, the university has 124 undergraduate programs, 24 main discipline doctoral programs, 167 doctoral programs with emphasis, one professional doctoral program, 47 main discipline master’s programs, 244 master’s programs with emphasis, and 21 professional master’s programs. It has 4 national key disciplines, seven Jiangsu preponderant disciplines, 12 provincial level key disciplines, and 22 provincial key disciplines. The university has booming development in both quantity and quality, achieving impressive results. Soochow University has a high level of academic development and the desire of continuing development. These accomplishments make Soochow University deserving its title as one of the "211 Project" universities.
Development of Research
The research capacity of a university is a way to measure its academic level. That is to say, a good university should have strong research capabilities and important ongoing research and development. Soochow University has currently made considerable progress in scientific research. It now has a national training base of liberal arts, a national research and teaching base of sciences, two national experimental teaching demonstration centers, two national innovation experimental zones of talents training, the National Engineering Laboratory, three national public service platforms, the National University Science Park, the National Breeding Base of Key Laboratories, the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Base approved by the Ministry of Education, the Social Science Research Base for the general administration of sports, twenty provincial key laboratories, seven provincial public service platforms, and four provincial-level engineering centers.
In December 2012, the subjects of chemistry, physics, materials science, clinical medicine, and engineering have been listed as part of the top 1% in the Global ESI (Essential Science Indicators) subjects. In 2012, 295 projects in the field of natural sciences have been approved as national projects, including 281 national natural science foundation projects, 20 national major key projects, ranking the 20th university on the list of Most National Natural Science Foundation Projects. Additionally, 33 projects in the field of social sciences have approved national, including 4 major Key Projects, ranking as the 23rd university on the list for Most National Social Science Fund Projects. Two papers were elected into the National Library of Philosophy and Social Sciences. Three projects have won the First Prize for Provincial- and Ministerial-Level Achievement Awards. In 2011, Soochow University ranked No. 26 in all academic institutions in China from the SCI index. In 2012, the university has declared 689 patents, and 302 of which were authorized. On April 11, 2013 the Suzhou Nanotechnology Collaborative Innovation Center, led by Soochow University, was approved by the national 2011 Plan.
In the future, the university will focus on and supporting research development. We hope that for future development, the data above can be improved every year, enjoying more innovations every year.
Brief Introduction of Cooperation
Soochow University has always attached importance to its cooperation with other colleges or universities, local government, local enterprises and foreign organizations, for the purpose of learning from many sources, discovering expert knowledge, and encouraging mutual development. Soochow University has established interscholastic exchange relationships with more than 150 universities and research institutions of more than 20 countries and regions. Some of the places we’ve built partnerships with include USA, Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. The university receives more than 2,000 various types of overseas students each year (including short-term trainees). They come to study medicine, international trade, business administration, computer science, chemical engineering, construction, sociology, gardening, English, Japanese, Chinese and other courses. Soochow University and the University of Manchester co-organized the Program of International Textiles, and organized the program of International Finance in cooperation with the University of Victoria in Canada. Soochow University has started more than 40 international exchange programs, including dual degree Ph.D. programs, accelerated degree programs, and double bachelor degrees in cooperation with the National University of Singapore, the University of Waterloo in Canada, and other internationally well-known colleges and universities. It has built the Sino-Singapore Joint Laboratory and the Institution of Functional Polymer Science with the National University of Singapore, and the Nanotechnology Joint Research Institute and the Green Polymer Engineering and Catalysis Laboratory with the University of Waterloo in Canada. It has cooperated with the French EDITFLOW Group to build the International Joint Laboratory of Measurement & Control Technology and other research institutions, effectively increasing the university’s ability and level of international joint research. Soochow University has also tried to explore new ways of offering education abroad. It has cooperated with Portland State University to build the Confucius Institute at Portland State University. As China's first university established abroad, Laos Soochow University started to recruit students in October 2012. In the future, the university plans to remain based in southern Jiangsu, strengthening cooperation with the Suzhou community for local development efforts, and international cooperation and exchanges as well. It hopes to establish partnerships with more countries, universities, and research institutions and to provide more learning and development opportunities for students and teachers.