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Founded in 1983, Shenzhen University is located at the Nanshan Peninsula. Facing Hong Kong across the sea and surrounded by the mountains, Shenzhen University is acclaimed as one of “the most beautiful universities” in China. With two campuses in Houhai and Xili, Shenzhen University covers a total area of 2.72 square kilometres.

Shenzhen University boasts of many eminent world-class scholars, including three academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, eight academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, three foreign academicians, three chief scientists of the National 973 Program, six Changjiang Distinguished Scholars, four winners of the Ten-Thousand-Talents national program, eighteen awardees of the National Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, thirteen awardees of the National Fund for Excellent Young Scholars, five State Outstanding Contributions Middle-aged and Young Experts, 27 awardees of the State Council special allowance, two winners of the State Science and Technology Prizes, three winners of the He Liang He Li Prize, two winners of the National Distinguished Teachers Award, seven awardees of the State Hundred Thousand Ten Thousand Talents Project, one awardee of the CAS Hundred-Talent Program, eight winners of the Ministry of Education New Century Excellent Talents Supporting Plan, three awardees of the “Leading Talents” of Guangdong Province, 22 Guangdong High-level Personnel of Special Support Program, four Pearl River Distinguished Scholars, one winner of the Guangdong Provincial Scientific Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, one awardee of Shenzhen Pengcheng Distinguished Talents, and ten Pengcheng Scholars. There are 407 awardees of the High-Level Professional Award in Shenzhen and 504 Overseas High-Caliber Personnel in Shenzhen. There are currently 136 holders of the “3+1” project of Shenzhen University, including 20 Leading Scholars, 23 Excellent Scholars, 63 Liyuan Excellent Young Scholars, and 15 interdisciplinary innovation teams.

Shenzhen University has an enrollment of 35,455 full-time students, which include 28,674 undergraduates, 6,433 postgraduates, 348 doctoral students, 1,744 part-time postgraduates, 21,022 adult education students, and 837 international students. Shenzhen University is a comprehensive university with a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, literature, economics, law, education, science, engineering, management, medicine, history, and arts - 11 disciplines in total. The university consists of 27 schools and 2 affiliated hospitals, offering 90 undergraduate majors. Shenzhen University now has 5 state-level specialty programs, 10 provincial-level specialty programs, and 15 provincial-level key disciplines. There are 10 first grade doctoral degree conferring disciplines, 3post-doctoral mobile research stations, and 1 post-doctoral research center. There are 38 first grade master degree conferring disciplines; there are 18 professional master degree conferring disciplines, of which 12 are in the field of engineering. Engineering, Clinical Medicine, Materials Science, Biology and Biochemistry, Computer Science, and Chemistry entered the top 1% of ESI, and are ranked 84th on the list of Chinese universities ESI Extended highly cited papers. Shenzhen University also initiated the establishment of the “UOOC Alliance of Local Universities and Colleges” with 125 membership universities and colleges offerings 310 online courses. A total number of nearly 500,000 students from103 membership universities and colleges have taken courses and 54 members have set up the crediting mode. In 2017, undergraduates of Shenzhen University won 727 awards in a variety of fields at different levels, including 175 international prizes, 241 national prizes, and 237 provincial and ministerial prizes.