The South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTC) will enroll 50 international students this year, and the number could increase to 200 next year.
That means the number of international students could account for 20 percent of the student body next year, said Chen Shiyi, president of Shenzhen-based SUSTC.
Applicants can register online at the official website of the university and enroll after English-language tests and interviews.
“SUSTC targets becoming a first-class world university, China’s Stanford University,” Chen, a deputy to National People’s Congress (NPC), told reporters on the sidelines of the NPC’s annual session in Beijing.
“Shenzhen is an innovation-based city and SUSTC has formed its method of cultivating innovative talent. In 2015, the university, which was established in 2011, was deemed a high-level science university in Guangdong Province,” said Chen.
The university has 201 teachers, including five academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. A total of 30 experts and 46 young professionals from the university have been listed in China’s 1,000 Talent Program. All the teachers have doctorates and 90 percent of them have overseas education backgrounds.
“We need world first-class talent. The public should be patient and confident about the development of the university. I believe SUSTC will be one of the world’s best universities in 10 to 20 years,” Chen said.