Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)


Reform through innovation

Founded in 2010, with a mission to reform and reinvigorate Chinese higher education, the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is dedicated to virtue, truth, and advancement.

SUSTech is widely regarded as a trailblazer and innovator in advancing China's higher education. We are on the trajectory to world-class through nurturing creative leaders who excel in interdisciplinary research and generate new knowledge for the world.

Ten years of increasing impact

Ranked 162nd in the world in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (1st for citations in mainland China) and first on the Nature Index rising star list for 2021 (38th among all universities in the world), in ten short years SUSTech has delivered impact through being at the cutting edge of fundamental scientific advancement.

Experimental proof of the 3D Quantum Hall effect and the observation of quantum interference in chemical reactions achieved at SUSTech were selected among China’s top ten scientific advances in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

SUSTech researchers joined the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, producing the first images of the virus morphology in its native state via our cryo-electron microscopy center and exploring the impact of the pandemic on atmospheric pollution.

We are pushing the boundaries of robotics through capturing the world fish robot speed record, developing novel artificial muscles for insect-like robots designed to aid in disaster relief operations, or testing smart gloves to help patients with tactile dysfunction recover their sensation.

SUSTech teams are also on the frontlines of the research on climate change and the drive to sustainability, studying the loss of forest in southeast Asian mountain ranges, the impact of extreme temperatures on tea cultivation, and climate change’s impact on worldwide river flows.

From Shenzhen to the world

As one of China’s most international universities, SUSTech recruits scientific minds from across the globe and our research is highly connected with the world academic community. Nearly 45% of publications come from international collaboration with 1,800 different institutions, and in 2020, research grants per scientist averaged 500,000 USD - one of China’s highest rates.

On our state-of-the-art campus in Shenzhen, China’s hi-tech innovation nexus, we’re busy creating the future one advance at a time. Come join us and be a part of that making.

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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) published between 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
627 227.88

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 271 85.79
Chemistry 301 128.60
Earth & Environmental Sciences 92 30.07
Life Sciences 90 20.03
2 0.12
1 0.04
2 0.26
1 0.10
4 2.61
1 0.20
4 0.11
1 0.04
1 0.29
2 0.17
2 0.13
38 7.12
1 0.74
1 0.01
1 0.01
1 0.04
1 1
1 0.92
9 1.51
2 0.11
6 1.32
1 0.13
4 1.11
3 1.94

Highlight of the month

How 3D genome structures take shape

© MR.Cole_Photographer/Moment/Getty Images

© MR.Cole_Photographer/Moment/Getty Images

A study of three-dimensional genome folding during the early stages of frog embryo development has demonstrated how compartmentalized loops form within chromosomes. These ‘topologically associating domains’ (TADs) are critical for proper gene regulation — and their aberrant patterning could account for developmental defects and disease.

To map the dynamics of TADs, researchers at SUSTech and elsewhere analysed the physical interactions between different spots on chromosomes at different stages in the early development of the western clawed frog.

The results revealed that the establishment of TADs in early frog embryos follows a similar pattern as in other animals, including mice and flies and relies on many of the same genome structural proteins for proper formation.

However, unlike in other organisms, TAD structures in the western clawed frog undergo further remodelling during the later stages of embryo development, and show differences across tissues, including in the brain, liver and sperm.

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  1. Nature Genetics 53, 1075–1087 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41588-021-00878-z

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 67.76% Domestic
  • 32.24% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (290 total)

  • Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China
  • Domestic institution
  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China (75.69)
  2. Peking University (PKU), China (36.76)
  3. Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China (25.92)
  4. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China (21.94)
  5. Tsinghua University, China (20.52)
  6. University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China (17.66)
  7. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China (16.27)
  8. The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China (15.16)
  9. Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China (15.02)
  10. Shenzhen University (SZU), China (10.94)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

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