South China University of Technology (SCUT) is a comprehensive research-oriented university in China, focusing on engineering, combined with science, also promoting well coordinated development of management, economics, humanities and law. It is one of China's key universities operating under the direct leadership of the State Ministry of Education, being approved as one of key universities for construction under the national “211 Project” and “985 Project”. SCUT currently offers 14 first-level discipline doctoral programs, 30 first-level discipline master’s programs, 73 doctoral programs, 176 master’s programs, 2 national first-level key disciplines, 3 national level-2 key disciplines, and 6 professional degree programs including master's programs of engineering (in 21 fields), master's programs of business administration (MBA, EMBA), master's programs of public administration (MPA), master’s programs of landscape architecture, master’s programs of jurisprudence, and college teacher programs.
At present, SCUT has 6 members of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Engineering), 20 double appointed fellows (honored by two universities), 1 foreign fellow of Russian Academy of Engineering, 2 National-level Prominent Teachers, 10 Cheung Kang Scholars, 12 recipients of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 423 supervisors for doctoral students and 838 for master students. It possesses a variety of scientific research organizations and bases with advanced standards. Presently there are 2 state key laboratories, 2 national engineering research centers, 3 national engineering laboratories (jointly constructed with enterprises), 6 key laboratories and 3 engineering research centers of the Ministry of Education, and 15 post-doctoral research centers, as well as 1 class-A national architectural design and research institute, 1 National University Sci-Tech Park, etc.
The University enrolled its first graduate students in 1956, and in 1978 its postgraduate enrollment system was restored after a suspension. In 1981, it was authorized by the State Council to confer doctoral degrees and master’s degrees，and was among the first universities in the country to do so. In 2000, Graduate School was established with the approval of the Ministry of Education. Currently, the University has a total number of 14,794 graduate students, including 2,317 doctoral candidates and 4,526 master candidates for professional degrees.
The University commits itself to the motto of “Learn extensively, ponder prudently, distinguish clearly, and practise devotedly”. It has adhered to the objectives of turning out world-class specialists nurtured with creative, innovative, and enterprising spirit. Integrating education, research and application, the University cultivates talents that are both creative and versatile. As far as graduate education is concerned, it attaches great importance to the cultivation of students’ innovative and practice abilities, and devotes much energy and effort to the improvement of their comprehensive qualities in varied education modes. In recent years, its graduate students have participated and made considerable achievements in many national contests of science and technology, such as the “Challenge Cup” competition series, the mathematical model contest, the electronic design competition, the national challenge contest of international enterprise management, etc. The quality of graduate education has been improved steadily since September 2007 when the University carried out a comprehensive reform on its graduate education system.
Up to April 2009, the University has produced over 23,000 graduate students for the country, with a high employment rate among domestic universities and colleges. A large batch of alumni have become technological mainstays, distinguished entrepreneurs or leading cadres. The University is named by the society as “a cradle of engineers” and “a cradle of entrepreneurs”.
Entering a new phase of development, the Graduate School of SCUT will focus on the construction of an innovative country and of a harmonious society, adhere to the philosophy of “building the University on academic achievements, invigorating the University by opening-up, strengthening the University by talent development, and vitalizing the University by national culture promotion”, take discipline constructions as pre-requisite, consider talent cultivation as its ultimate aim, and devote all its energy to building the University into a high-level research-oriented top-ranking Chinese university with international renown.