Introduction to SUST
The Suzhou University of Science and Technology (SUST, website: http://www.usts.edu.cn/) was established on September 1, 2001, with the approval of the National Ministry of Education and the Government of Jiangsu Province, through the merging of the former Suzhou Institute of Urban Construction and Environmental Protection and the former Suzhou Railway Teachers College. The newly established university is an engineering-centered multi-disciplinary institution of higher education, covering such fields as engineering, science, liberal arts, and management. Centering upon undergraduate programs, concurrently adult continuation education, the University takes an active part in developing postgraduate programs and undertakes the responsibility of fostering practical and creative talents.
SUST is situated in the New District— the west of Suzhou. It consists of three campuses, Shihu campus, Jiangfeng campus, and Tianping campus, occupying a total area of 2,338 mu (approximately 385 acres). SUST has organized its academic programs into 15 schools such as School of Architecture and Urban Planning. There are over 1600 staff and faculty including about 150 professors and over 330 teachers with doctor degree. SUST now offers 58 undergraduate programs, covering 6 disciplines: engineering, natural physical science, arts and humanities, business and social sciences and agriculture. There are 21000 full-time undergraduate students on campus and over 1000 postgraduate students. SUST also offers 30 master’s programs (including 24 academic master’s degree and 6 professional master’s degree), such as Urban Planning and Design, Environmental Engineering and etc.. There are 3 key provincial disciplines: Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, and World History. There are 4 key provincial laboratories: the Key Provincial Laboratory of Environmental Science and Engineering, the Key Provincial Laboratory of Structural Engineering, the Key Provincial Laboratory of Environmental Material Science and the Key Provincial Laboratory of Technological Project of Environmental Engineering.
SUST has over the course of time established international cooperation links with more than 40 foreign institutions , like University of South Wales (UK), York St. John University (UK), Molde University College (Norway), St. Michael’s College (USA), Portland State University (USA), Valdosta State University (USA) , Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne (USA), National University of Ireland Maynooth ((Ireland)), Nara University (Japan) and Kansai University of Foreign Studies (Japan), Narasangyo University (Japan)，J. F. Oberlin University (Japan ),etc.. SUST established International Education School in 2011, and offers 4 Joint-degree programs in Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering, Logistics Management and Civil Engineering. SUST accepts students from Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Ghana, and Nigeria for the study of the Chinese language or for internship. Assigned by the Ministry of Commerce, SUST holds the yearly Training Course on Environmental Protection and Logistics Management for Developing Countries and has trained over 500 technicians and administrative personnel for more than 100 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania.
SUST solidly improves its quality of education upholding its teaching-centered orientation. It is striving to improve the quality of its undergraduate teaching by reforming training modes of human resources, teaching contents, curriculum system and improving its administration. SUST attaches much importance to fostering students’ practical capacity and creativity and enhancing their overall abilities, and has witnessed satisfactory results. Quite a number of students have won awards in national or provincial contests. In recent years, a large number of students have been admitted into Master’s programs in SUST and other universities. SUST graduates are popular in the job market, with the average employment rate above 90%.
School Intro (Chinese)
Foreign Teacher Activity
(Panorama) “In heaven there is paradise, on earth, Suzhou and Hangzhou”. Suzhou is a major city on the lower Yangtze known for its canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Today, Suzhou has become a core city of China’s Yangtze River Delta economic zone, given its high GDP contribution to China. More recently, it has been a center of the silk trade and a place of gardens and canals. Suzhou has long been a heaven for scholars, artists, and skilled craftsmen, and this is still the case today.
Suzhou is one of the major cities in the Yangtze River Delta Basin surrounded by several important big cities within 2 hour’s driving distance, such as Shanghai (100 km), Wuxi (50 km), Hangzhou (160 km). Transportation in and out of Suzhou is busy and very convenient. Currently, there are three Subway Lines available in the city. The ticket price goes from CNY 2 to CNY according to different distances.
- To Shanghai: 30mins
- To Downtown: the school is in downtown
Arts & culture
With a long history, Suzhou has given birth to the GuSu culture. Suzhou is the birthplace and center of Wu culture in history, consequently, all areas from garden architectures, silk embroidery and folk customs, to painting, calligraphy, seal cutting and poetry genres have been accumulated there from the Gu Su culture. All these illustrious cultural achievements were the historical and typical contribution of the Wu culture, it was also a special and remarkable contribution to Chinese culture.
Generally, there are four types of cuisine in China, that include, Jiangsu, Shandong, Guangdong and Sichuan cuisine that taste different to one another. There is an old saying that, “sour in the east, hot in the west, sweet in the south and salty in the north,” and thus Jiangsu cuisine is proclaimed as the the “sweet in the south”. Jiangsu cuisine has a great variety. After thousands of years of development, Suzhou foods can be divided into twelve categories, i.e. Jiangsu style dishes, Jiangsu style braised food, Jiangsu style pastry, Jiangsu style cakes, Jiangsu style candy, Jiangsu style confiture, Suzhou snacks and Suzhou rice-cake, among others.
Famous Suzhou dishes include, shrimp in Biluochun Tea sauce and Salted Bamboo Shoot in spring, Chicken in Watermelon and Plain Fried Shrimps in summer, Barb Liver Soup and Hairy Crab in autumn, Stewed Chicken in Marmite and Herring Tail in winter, etc. Suzhou snacks are famous worldwide. For instance, Sweet Dried Bean Curd, Pine-nut Candy, Rose Melon Seeds, Shrimp-roe Soy Sauce, Sesame Seed Cake with Jujube Paste and Lard New Year cake have all received international praise and are worth tasting.