Sun Yat-sen University

President: Professor Gao Song


Senior International Leader: Professor Xiao Haipeng, Executive Vice-President for International Affairs



Sun Yat-sen University, founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen and with an educational tradition spanning over 100 years, has 5 campuses in the 3 cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, and 10 affiliated hospitals. We are located in the heart of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. With distinctive geographical advantages, robust economic strength, a high concentration of the key factors of innovation, the Greater Bay Area aims to build itself into a vibrant world-class city cluster and a globally influential international innovation and technology hub. SYSU is equipped with a global outlook, and has dedicated itself to being an institution that is “comprehensive, innovative, and open”. According to the ARWU 2021, SYSU ranks 89th worldwide and 7th in Chinese Mainland.


SYSU’s disciplinary strengths cover a wide variety of fields, including 71 schools and departments in Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Agriculture and Arts. With our number of disciplines topped among universities in China, our Tourism and Leisure Management, Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Computer Science, Materials Science, Business Management stand out in various subject rankings worldwide, while we enjoy traditional strength in Philosophy, History and Chinese nationwide.


At Sun Yat-sen University, scientific research is orientated towards the academic frontiers, the national strategic needs, the demands from the regional economic and social development and people’s health. And SYSU has encouraged research and innovation in all disciplines through the construction of large projects, large platforms and large teams. The University is making great progress in building large platforms and research infrastructure cluster such as Tianqin Center for gravitational wave detection, Sun Yat-sen University oceanographic research and training vessel, the largest university-owned vessel in China, the National Super Computing Center in Guangzhou, one of the world’s super-computing centers with the largest number of users, the widest range of applications and the highest system utilization.

As we are a leader in Medicine, SYSU takes fully advantage of its network of 10 affiliated hospitals to offer one of the first-class clinical services for the people. According to the latest ranking, Zhongshan Ophthalmic center, SYSU tops in Asia, The Cancer Prevention and Control Center, SYSU ranks second in China and the First Affiliated Hospital is among the top 5 of the Hospitals in Chinese mainland.

SYSU’s rapid development is greatly propelled by active international exchanges and cooperation. Up till now, we have more than 240 partners in over 40 countries and areas around the world, represented by SYSU’s The Lehn Institute of Functional Materials collaborating with ETH Zurich, Karlsruhe Institute Technology, the University of Strasbourg and the Sino-French Institute of Nuclear Engineering (IFCEN), jointly established and operated with the alliance for civil nuclear engineering education in France (FINUCI), led by National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and other French engineering institutions as group members

Apart from bilateral relationships with our international partners, we are also emphasizing network partnerships with university alliances and cooperation with international organizations. Aside from our engagement in APRU, SYSU is also an active player in the University Sino-Australia Research Alliance, and the University Consortium of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road etc. The First Affiliated Hospital of SYSU is also a member of AMEE, the Association for Medical Education in Europe. SYSU has two UNESCO Chairs and has established a cooperation center with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide more solutions to control mosquito-borne infectious diseases.

In 2016, SYSU, together with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Macao, formed the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance. The Alliance now has 41 member institutions in the Guangdong- Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and has developed 37 discipline sub-alliances under its general structure. SYSU is currently the chair institution of the alliance council.


Key Statistics:

Full-time students: 58,897

Faculty and staff: 18,526

Academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences/Chinese Academy of Engineering: 22

Majors: 138 for undergraduate, 67 for postgraduate and 54 for PhD student.

Scientific platform:

  • 4 state level laboratories in Oncology, Ophthamology, Optoelectronic Materials and Biocontrol;
  • 221 Provincial and Ministerial Platforms
  • 34 National Research Platforms