Established in 2012, the South University of Science and Technology (SUSTC) is a public institution funded by the municipal of Shenzhen, a special economic zone city in China. SUSTC is a pioneer in higher education reform in China. The mission of the University is to become a globally recognized institution which emphasizes academic excellence and promotes innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The University currently has over 200 faculty members, and is planning three faculties: Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, and Faculty of Life and Health Science. The target faculty number will be 200 for Science, 300 for Engineering, and 150 for Life and Health Science Faculty.
Shenzhen is a major city located in Southern China, situated immediately north of Hong Kong SAR. As one of China's major gateways to the world, Shenzhen is the country's fast-growing city, the high-tech and manufacturing hub, and home to some of China's most recognized enterprises such as Huawei, Tencent and DJI. As a State-level innovative city, Shenzhen has chosen independent innovation as its development strategy. A picturesque coastal city, Shenzhen is also a popular tourist destination and was named one of the world's 31 must-see tourist destinations in 2010 by The New York Times.