The Suzhou University of Science and Technology (苏州科技大学, SUST) was established on September 1, 2001, with the approval of the National Ministry of Education and the Government of Jiangsu Province, through the merging of the former Suzhou Institute of Urban Construction and Environmental Protection and the former Suzhou Railway Teachers College. The newly established university is an engineering-centered multi-disciplinary institution of higher education, covering such fields as engineering, science, liberal arts, and management. Centering upon undergraduate programs, concurrently adult continuation education, the University takes an active part in developing postgraduate programs and undertakes the responsibility of fostering practical and creative talents.
Suzhou University of Science and Technology is situated in the New District— the west of Suzhou. It consists of three campuses, Shihu campus, Jiangfeng campus, and Tianping campus, occupying a total area of 2,338 mu (approximately 385 acres). Suzhou University of Science and Technology has organized its academic programs into 15 schools such as School of Architecture and Urban Planning. There are over 1600 staff and faculty including about 150 professors and over 330 teachers with doctor degree. SUST now offers 58 undergraduate programs, covering 6 disciplines: engineering, natural physical science, arts and humanities, business and social sciences and agriculture. There are 21000 full-time undergraduate students on campus and over 1000 postgraduate students. SUST also offers 30 master’s programs (including 24 academic master’s degree and 6 professional master’s degree), such as Urban Planning and Design, Environmental Engineering and etc.. There are 3 key provincial disciplines: Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, and World History. There are 4 key provincial laboratories: the Key Provincial Laboratory of Environmental Science and Engineering, the Key Provincial Laboratory of Structural Engineering, the Key Provincial Laboratory of Environmental Material Science and the Key Provincial Laboratory of Technological Project of Environmental Engineering.