Shaanxi University of Science and Technology or SUST (website: http://www.sust.edu.cn/) is a famous university in Shaanxi Province. Under the direct administration of Education Department of Shaanxi Province, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology is one of the multi-disciplinary key public universities specializing in science, technology and engineering. Founded in Beijing in 1958, when Beijing Institute of Light Industry was named and when it was under the administration of State Ministry of Light Industry, the University was the first institution of higher learning in light industry. The University was renamed Northwest Institute of Light Industry since moved to Xianyang City in Shaanxi Province in 1970 and was identified as one of 88 key universities by State Council in 1978. Approved in 2002 by Ministry of Education, the University was renamed Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, and in 2007, it was moved to the new campus in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, one of world-renowned historical and cultural ancient capitals. Located in the north of Xi’an, SUST covers an area of 134 hectares. About 26 km from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport and about 3 km from Xi’an station of high-speed railway, SUST enjoys a unique geographical location.
For more than 50 years, SUST has trained more than 60,000 highly qualified specialists, among whom there are executives, technical personnel, teachers or researchers in major universities and research institutions or businessmen in various fields. SUST provides study opportunities in seven major disciplines, including engineering, science, management, literature, law, medicine and economics, among which there are 51 undergraduate majors, 16 doctoral and 66 master degree of professional expertise. Besides, SUST is entitled with the right to recommend exemption from taking an examination by graduate students, recommend exemption from a separate entrance examination by postgraduates, confer Master Degree of Engineering，MBA，Master of Arts and other Master Degrees for persons with equivalent study experiences. Currently, there are 1700 teachers, 21,400 full-time undergraduate students and 1,800 graduate students.
SUST has 15 colleges, 1 department, 2 teaching departments, more than 30 research institutes, more than 40 laboratories, offices and some other facilities, such as libraries, student dormitory, canteen, gymnasium, swimming pool. There are 6 provincial key disciplines, 16 provincial and ministerial key laboratories and engineering centers. SUST has seven nation-level famous program specialties, namely Leather Chemistry and Engineering, Pulp and Paper Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Mechanical Design and Theory, Materials, Packaging Engineering and Materials Physics and Chemistry.
The SUST motto is “Striving for Integrity, Striving for Knowledge.” SUST greatly values this mission and puts it into practice everyday. SUST has been expanding its exchange and cooperation with more than twenty foreign universities in America, Japan, Canada, England, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Finland, Netherlands, etc, while maintaining close collaboration with local communities and extending the University’s social impact.
SUST was granted the qualification of hiring foreign experts by the state, over 10 of whom teach language or teach in the fields of machinery, materials, chemical and etc every year. Dozens of foreign experts have been visiting us for academic exchanges. Furthermore, SUST has the qualification of enrolling foreign students approved by the state, thus, outstanding young people from around the world are warmly welcomed to study here.
Xi’an (Panorama) is the capital of Shaanxi Province and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. It is about 2 hours by air from Beijing and 2 hours from Shanghai. Known as the leading city of China’s Western Development Drive Program since 1990s, Xi’an is an important economic, cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, providing visitors with modern and convenient facilities.
Xi’an was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and played a very important part in Chinese history. Today Xi’an is one of the most important and convenient transportation hubs in central and western China. Frequent flights, trains and buses connect the city with other major cities all around the country. The urban transportation of the city has been somewhat frustrating in recent years because of the metro construction. Now metro line 1, line 2 and line 3 are in operation. Several other lines are also under construction or in the planning process. For now the buses and taxis can take you to get around the city.
Xi’an is a foodie paradise, with excellent restaurants serving local and international cuisine. You can’t come to Xi’an without sampling the following: savory, often spicy roujiaomo “burgers”; DIY roupaomo, a soupy concoction of bread in mutton stew; cumin-laden meat skewers in the Muslim Quarter; and refreshing liangpi rice noodles with peanut sauce, perfect for cooling down in the heat of summer. Make sure to visit the night market to explore the flavors of Shaanxi street food.