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This program aims to cultivate high-level specialized personnel who are equipped with solid fundamental theory, systematic professional understanding and experimental operation skills; who are able to put theory into practice and conduct innovative research; who are informed in the research and development of frontier issues in the field of environmental science or engineering and with advanced technical methods and modern technical approaches to solving problems of environmental science; who have the awareness of bringing new ideas and are able to put forward creative research question. Graduates are expected to be able to undertake jobs of scientific researches, teaching, and management in the field of environment Science and engineering.

In regard to the advanced energy materials and technologies direction, we aim to cultivate personnel who will be equipped with solid background knowledge of electro-chemistry, photo-electro catalysis, materials science and engineering and well-trained in design, preparation, characterization of advanced materials for fuel cells (SOFC, PEMFQ), photovoltaic, photo-electro catalysis, super capacitors lithium-ion battery, etc. Candidates are expected to be able to perform at high level in energy related positions, including but not limited to R&D scientist/engineer, CTO, sales manager, teacher, government policy adviser.

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  • Master’s degree diploma and transcripts with good record.
  • Language requirements for English-Medium Programs (only for non-English speaking countries): TOEFL IBТ 80 or above; IELTS 6.0 or above;


Wushan Campus

With over 380 rooms and six different room types to choose from, you will find a great place on our Wushan Campus. All rooms are fully furnished and include individual bathrooms, internet access ports, telephones, TV (except 1st Floor) and air-conditioning in some rooms. You will also have a fully fitted kitchen, coin-operated laundry facilities, and entertainment room and security service in the dormitory building.

University Town Campus

All rooms are fully furnished at University Town Campus, including individual bathrooms, internet access ports, air-conditioning. You will also have a fully fitted kitchen, coin-operated laundry facilities, gym room, and Ping-pong room; snooker room and security service in the dormitory building.


Students may choose to live off campus. Note that international students have to register at the local police station within 24 hours of moving into off-campus housing.

Living Expenses

We estimate that a single student living in Guangzhou will need RMB13,000-15,000 for living expenses annually in addition to the tuition and accommodation fees. This amount includes food, clothes, books and travels.


About the University Summary

South China University of Technology (SCUT) is one of the major universities in China. It is directly affiliated to the State Ministry of Education. Formerly known as South China Institute of Technology, the university was first established in 1952. Unifying several major institutes of technology in Guangdong province at the time, and also joined by relevant departments and disciplines from universities in other provinces at the time, the university and its predecessors have a long history in education and research, especially in training talents of engineering and technology. After over 60 years of development, SCUT has become a multi-disciplinary university, combining science, engineering, business management, arts and social science and other disciplines. Since its founding, it has educated over 326,000 graduates at all levels. Large numbers of SCUT alumni have made major contributions to the country in fields like politics, economy, technology and education. Determining to take more active and efficient roles in globalized educational environment and international academic activities, SCUT has established connections and corporations with over 50 overseas universities, being committed to multiple programs aimed at promoting talent cultivation and scientific research. There are international students from more than 100 countries in the campus, studying Chinese language

With over 100,000 students, South China University of Technology (SCUT) is one of the largest universities in the country.

Founded in 1952, in the coastal province of Guangdong, SCUT was the result of an amalgamation of a number of polytechnic universities that existed within the vicinity. Although its initial focus was on engineering and technology, by 1960 it had grown to become one of China’s leading institutions of higher learning. In 1981 it began to offer master’s and doctoral degrees and became known by its present name from 1988 onwards.

SCUT today is a multidisciplinary university offering programmes in arts, sciences, social sciences and business management.

It is the recipient of a number of different titles and awards, including membership of Project 985 – China’s prestigious initiative aimed at developing its key universities into world-class institutions.

Located near China’s borders with Hong Kong and Macau, the university is a popular destination for international students with 100 countries represented within the student cohort and partnership agreements in place with over 80 overseas institutions.

SCUT is one of the few universities approved by China’s Ministry Of Education to accept international students on Chinese Government Scholarships.

International students are divided between those taking the Chinese language program and those studying for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Outside of the classroom, students at the university can make the most of the large number of recreational clubs available, including a range of sporting facilities and a university cinema. Student organisations and committees exist for both undergraduates and postgraduates, along with the Student Youth Volunteers Advisory Centre which organises volunteering activities for students in the local community.
South China University of Technology is located in Guangzhou and is a national key university directly under the Ministry of Education. The campus is divided into Wushan Campus, University City Campus and Guangzhou International Campus. The school runs a long history, the earliest can be traced back to the Guangdong Provincial First Grade A Industrial School established in 1918; it was officially established during the adjustment period of higher education institutions in China in 1952, and is one of the four major engineering colleges in New China; in 1960 it became a national key university; In 1981, it was approved by the State Council as the first batch of doctoral and master's degree awarding units; in 1993, it was the first in the country to jointly build universities and provinces; in 1995 it entered the rank of "211 Project"; in 2001 it entered the rank of "985 Project"; in 2017 it was selected as " The list of "double-class" construction of A-class universities ranked 2018-201 in the "World University Academic Rankings".

Today, South China University of Technology has developed into a comprehensive research university with a strong understanding of science and technology, a combination of science, engineering, and medicine, and a coordinated development of disciplines such as management, economics, literature, and law. The overall level of disciplines such as light industry technology and engineering, architecture, food science and engineering, chemical engineering and technology, environmental science and engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, management science and engineering has entered the top 10% of the country; 9 discipline areas Entered the top 1% of the international high-level subject ESI. Among them, engineering, materials science, chemistry, and agricultural science entered the top 1 ‰, and the number of selected students ranked 6th in the country and ranked first in South China.

Since its establishment, the school has trained more than 510,000 students of various types for higher education for the country. A large number of graduates have become China's backbone of science and technology, well-known entrepreneurs and leading cadres. The school is known as the cradle of engineers and entrepreneurs, and its graduate employment rate has been among the top universities in the country and universities in Guangdong province for many years. In 2017, it was selected as the national "double innovation" demonstration base.

The university has promoted the construction of first-class universities with strong original scientific research and innovation capabilities. It has built 27 national scientific research platforms, 185 provincial and provincial scientific research platforms, and the number ranks among the top universities in China and the first in Guangdong universities. Since 2009, the number of Chinese patent awards has ranked first among universities in the country; in 2015, patent technology transfer indicators ranked first in the country's universities.

In 2017, the South China University of Technology Guangzhou International Campus was jointly signed by the Quartet of the Ministry of Education, Guangdong Province, Guangzhou City and South China University of Technology. This is a new engine for the school's "double first-class" construction and development, and also a new exploration of China's higher education. The campus adopts a "Chinese-oriented, international synergy" approach, relying on the existing academic discipline resources and scientific and technological characteristics of the school, and has joined forces with Oxford University, University of Michigan, and no fewer than 20 world-renowned first-class universities to strive to achieve a high level. , International, research-oriented, world-class demonstration campus with new engineering characteristics.

Starting from a new historical development starting point, the school has proposed the strategic goal of fully building a world-class university in the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the school, that is, in 2052. The school will uphold the school motto of "Learning carefully, discerning, distinguishing and acting", insisting on academic establishment, talent strengthening, open living, and cultural prosperity, and carrying forward the spirit of "honesty, continuous learning, self-improvement, pragmatic innovation, and pursuit of excellence." It is an important opportunity for the construction of "double first-class" and the construction of Guangzhou International Campus. It insists on connotative development, deepens comprehensive reform, comprehensively improves quality, and strives for the goal of a world-class university.

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