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Greetings from SUSTech

SUSTech is a young public research university located in Shenzhen, a city known as China’s window to the world, and a science and technology innovation centre in the heart of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. Shenzhen is frequently ranked as China’s most sustainable city and is a place where ideas and impetus coalesce into innovative sustainable development.

We attach great importance for SUSTech to serve as the brain and testbed for Shenzhen, the surrounding region and the world for a sustainable future.

As the world changes around us, the resilience of human society to all kinds of emergencies and crises has become a focal topic when we discuss sustainability. The universities and their host cities will play a critical role in cultivating and building this resilience.

I would like to extend my warmest welcome to you all to Shenzhen and to SUSTech for the 2021 Times Higher Education Innovation and Impact Summit. Cultivating resilience and changing the world. See you in Shenzhen!


Shiyi Chen


About SUSTech

SUSTech’s location in a leading innovation city means it plays a major role in increasing international connectivity and fostering collaborative endeavours within academia and beyond to address the grand challenges in our contemporary world. SUSTech’s goals are to be a world-class research university, to cultivate outstanding and innovative talents, and to produce high-impact research. The university also aims to support the sustainable development of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province and China more broadly by advancing knowledge and promoting the application of new technologies.

SUSTech was established just 10 years ago to serve as a Chinese model for higher education reform in the interest of modernising the national university system. It is anchored in research, innovation and entrepreneurship, all key attributes vital for socio-economic development in our interconnected cities, regions and countries.

As a reformative and global university, SUSTech is known for several innovations in China. Among them a modern governance system, a novel and comprehensive admissions system, use of English as the instructional language, and a curriculum rooted in innovation and entrepreneurship. These measures ensure institutional autonomy and merit-based admission and also instil a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in our students and graduates, which equips them for the increasingly challenging realities of the world.

SUSTech’s youth has been no barrier to it forming a string of prestigious partnerships across the globe. Together, we aim to leverage our partnerships to increase the connectivity between universities and cities, and to nurture our students as the next generation of leaders in science, engineering and management.

Over the past decade of working together, the relationship between Shenzhen and SUSTech has become increasingly intertwined. The city has provided resources, land and funding to the university. In return, talent, innovation and culture flow from the university into the city. More than 90 per cent of SUSTech graduates who go straight into work remain in the region after graduating. Many of those graduates are employed at companies such as Tencent and Huawei, two of China’s most prominent tech companies, both of which are headquartered in the city.

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