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Shantou University, founded in 1981 with the approval of the State Council, is a key comprehensive university under the "211 Project" in the Guangdong province. It is a university co-developed by the Ministry of Education, People’s Government of the Guangdong Province, and the Li Ka Shing Foundation. It is also the only public university in the world which is continually supported by a private foundation—the Li Ka Shing Foundation. It is located in the northwestern area of Shantou, a seaside city, with its campus covering a total area of 1.28 and a total floor space comprising 448,400 sq.m.

Shantou University, located in Shantou, Guangdong Province, is the only comprehensive university in the eastern region of the Guangdong Province with a population of over 20 million people. Shantou University currently has over 1,500 staff and over 9,000 students working towards Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees in the Colleges and Schools of Arts and Design, Business, Engineering, Journalisms and Communications, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, and Science.

Shantou University is committed to offering student-centered education with the educational idea of “Building Up Oneself for the Pursuit of One’s Selflessness”. It is engaged in reforms related to university governance and talent development, and also planning to relocate Medical College into the main campus and to develop a globally advanced curriculum focusing on life science. Since 2001, the University has conducted a profound internationalization-oriented reform, and overseas talents have been recruited to serve as provost, vice president and deans. Through a series of reforms in curriculum design, teaching, resources management and human resources system, it aims to offer a platform for the exploration of higher educational reform in China.

Shantou University is striving for a top-tier university that provides quality education, develops advanced governance system, shows distinctive feature of internationalization, endeavors to meet the major demands for economic development of the nation and Guangdong, and places high value on innovation, creation and entrepreneurship.

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Key facts

  • Founded in 1981
  • Number of students: 10,000
  • Receives long-term funding from the Li Ka Shing Foundation
  • Top 800 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Implements OBE (Outcome-based Education) reform