Sichuan University (SCU) is one of China's longest established modern universities with a history that can be traced back to the founding of Sichuan Sino-Western School in 1896, set up under the rule of Qing Dynasty Emperor, Guangxu. The current SCU was born of two mergers, first in 1994, with the former Chengdu University of Science and Technology, and then in 2000 with the former West China University of Medical Sciences.
Located in Chengdu, the culture-steeped capital of Sichuan province, SCU is a national key university under the direct administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE), and counts among the top 10 in the China University Rankings, compiled by the China University Assessment team. It has been designated for both the 211 Project and the 985 Project, and is of strategic importance in China's western development plan. It has now set its sights on becoming one of the world's first-class research universities.
SCU has three campuses in Chengdu, sprawling across 470 hectares. It has 33 colleges, offering a comprehensive range of disciplines, covering humanities, science, engineering, management, medicine, law, agriculture, education and arts. It is authorized by the state to grant doctoral degrees in 44 disciplines. According to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators (ESI), 13 of its disciplines are ranked among the global top 1% and chemistry is ranked among top 1‰ globally. With 5,238 full-time faculty members, including 1,051 full professors, 1,230 associate professors and 15 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the university is enhancing its strengths in education and research, broadening international collaboration, and making greater social impacts. It has become a major driver of the socioeconomic development in western China.
With more than 200 established partnerships with universities and organizations worldwide, Sichuan University (SCU) places a high value on international cooperation. The university’s global engagements have been increasing rapidly in recent years. One of the university’s goals is to facilitate an international education experience for all SCU students, whether via setting up students exchange programs, study abroad programs and summer programs with international partner universities or creating inter-cultural exchanges opportunities and experiences on campus.
A world of connections
International exchanges in education and research contributed to SCU's increased global reputation and standing. The university has established cooperative relationships with almost 240 world-class universities and research institutions, such as Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard, from 34 countries and regions. These partnerships resulted in high-level scientific collaborations, including the Sino-German Innovative Platform on Clean Energy and 24 other international collaborative research platforms.
To promote educational exchanges, the university has established all-English programmes, recruiting students from around the world. Following China’s "One Belt, One Road" initiative, a scholarship is set up to encourage the applications of international students from the region. Working with several renowned universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United States, Belgium and South Korea, SCU has established Confucius Institutes overseas, promoting Chinese language and culture. As an effort to take advantage of quality educational resources elsewhere, the university has also built a joint institute with the University of Pittsburgh.
Learning without borders
The university has a rich heritage and is dedicated to nurturing globally competitive innovators. It aims to reveal students' path to discovery, according to their personal aptitude for learning.
Through an integrated multi-disciplinary approach, SCU has developed an innovative training set-up that promotes personalized education and development. Broadening the world views of students is an integral goal for educators at SCU. To this end, exposure to a variety of fellow learners adds to a rich experience. Apart from more than 37,000 full-time undergraduates and 20,000-plus master and PhD candidates, SCU has nearly 3,000 international students.
It has also hosted a University Immersion Program (UIP), a successful two-week summer event that brings professors from across the world to lecture and teach. In the past five years, the UIP has won much acclaim by bringing in 610 professors from renowned universities, such as Harvard, Stanford and Oxford, and offering courses in English.