Located in Hefei, the capital of the Chinese Province of Anhui, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) was founded in 1958 to meet the country’s growing science and technology needs while boosting its international competitiveness.
Originally established in Beijing, USTC relocated to its current home in the east of the country during the Cultural Revolution in 1970.
Today, USTC is home to approximately15,000 students and 3,500 faculty members who oversee its15 schools, spanning physical sciences, life sciences, software engineering and electro-optical technology, among many other science and technology disciplines.
The university houses two national labs – the National Synchrotron Radiation Facility and the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale – the only university in the country to do so.
With a stated mission to ‘focus on frontier areas of science and technology and educate top leaders in science and technology in China and the world,’ USTC prides itself on offering cutting-edge technology and developing talented individuals. It cites research strengths in fields such as as quantum manipulation, nanotechnology and high-temperature superconductivity.
In 2013, USTC hosted the signing of an agreement between the C9 League, a group of China’s top nine research universities, and the Association of American of Universities, the Australian Group of Eight (Go8), and the League of European Research Universities (LERU), to promote co-operation among world-class research universities.
It also maintains strategic links with international organisations such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), as well as the universities of Oxford, Stanford and Princeton.