Soochow University (Suzhou)

Not to be confused with Soochow University (Taiwan) (東吳大學).
Soochow University
Motto 养天地正气,法古今完人[1]
Motto in English
Unto A Full Grown Man[2]
Type Public
Established 1900, refounded in 1982
President Sidong Xiong
Location Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Campus Urban
Affiliations NAHLU

Soochow University (simplified Chinese: 苏州大学; traditional Chinese: 蘇州大學; pinyin: Sūzhōu Dàxué), colloquially known in Chinese as Suda (苏大, Sūdà) is a university in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. The school is part of the Chinese Ministry of Education's Project 211,[3] and a Jiangsu provincial key comprehensive university. The School of Humanities, School of Textile and Clothing Engineering, School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and School of Medicine are the university's most visibly distinguished schools.


University clock building
Kenneth Wang School of Law
A Qing Dynasty garden on campus
Old Dongwu Daxue gate

The original Soochow University (simplified Chinese: 东吴大学; traditional Chinese: 東吳大學; pinyin: Dōngwú Dàxué) was founded by Methodists in Suzhou in 1900 as a merger of three existing institutions: the Po-hsi Academy, the Kung-hsiang Academy, and the Chung-hsi Academy. The university was split in 1949 as a result of the Chinese Civil War, and merged with the Southern Jiangsu College of Culture and Education and the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Jiangnan University to form the Jiangsu Teacher's College in 1952. The English name Soochow University was revived in 1982; however, the original Chinese name Dongwu 東吳 was not adopted, and the institution was given the name Suzhou 苏州. The Suzhou College of Sericulture, Suzhou Institute of Silk Textile Technology and Suzhou Medical College were each merged into the University in 1995, 1997 and 2000 successively.[4]

Members of the Soochow Alumni Association who fled to Taiwan after 1949 established the Soochow University in Taipei, starting with its College of Law in 1951 and becoming a full-fledged university with five schools in 1971.[5]


The university is part of the national "211 Project" and is a "2011 Plan" university. It is also one of the Jiangsu provincial key comprehensive universities. Soochow University currently has 26 post-doctoral programs, 24 main discipline doctoral programs, including 167 doctoral programs with different areas of emphasis, one professional doctoral program, 47 main discipline master’s programs, including 244 master’s degrees with different areas of emphasis, 21 professional master’s programs, and 124 undergraduate programs. Today, Soochow University has developed into a comprehensive university with 12 major disciplines: philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management science, and art.

Soochow University is one of the top 5% research universities (overall ranking 36 within 704 Chinese universities in 2013),[6] and a member of the "2011 plan" - the latest program launched in 2011 by the Chinese Ministry of Education to develop into world class top universities.[7]

U.S. News & World Report ranked Soochow University 511st in the world, 32nd in Greater China, and 87th in Asia.[8] The Times Higher Education Word University Rankings ranked Soochow University 17th in China, and 501-600 in the world.[9]


The university consists of 6 campuses covering an area of 135 hectares and with 940,000 square meters of building area.The main and most beautiful campus is located at No.1 Shizi Street. The total enrollment is more than 39,000 students, including more than 28,000 graduates/undergraduates and more than 11,000 adult students of formal education.

The campus grounds have been described as among China's most beautiful, in part based on the incorporation of "typical features of the classical gardens in Suzhou".[10]

Schools and Departments

University rankings
ARWU[11] 10-18
U.S. News & World Report[12] 32
ARWU[13] 201-300
Times[14] 501-600
Asian University rankings
General – international
QS (Asian)[15] 181-190
Business – India

International collaboration

The university has established several joint programs with foreign universities:

Notable alumni

Listed in alphabetical order of family name.

The following people attended Soochow University in Suzhou after 1900, or one of the institutions that later merged with the university:[22]


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  2. "Our Philosophy". Retrieved July 13, 2014.
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  5. Soochow University, Taiwan (2010). History. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  10. Global Times (2009). China's 10 most beautiful campuses. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  11. "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016: USA". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
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  14. "World University Rankings 2016-17". THE Education Ltd. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  15. "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  16. Phoenix Communication College of Soochow University (2010). 校院成立背景 (Establishment background of the College). Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  17. Soochow University, Suzhou (2010). Departments and Schools. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  18. Athabasca University (2010). Collaborations - Soochow University. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  19. Daejin University (2010). Daejin University China Campus. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  20. Daejin University (2010). DUCC on the Suzhou campus. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  21. Cornell Law School (2010). Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture - Student Programs. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  22. Soochow University, Suzhou (2010). Alumni. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
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