The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) is unique. Governed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), this top research university in China combines its education and research capabilities with the vast resources of CAS. Because of this, USTC can focus on developing cutting-edge science and technology while educating the world’s future leaders, gaining a worldwide reputation for its academic excellence.
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Reflecting on a journey of discovery and innovation
The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) is a national key university established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1958. It combines education and research by integrating CAS and USTC resources. For 60 years, it has been devoted to educating science and technology leaders for China and the world, and developing cutting-edge science and technologies, with breakthroughs in quantum information, high-temperature superconductivity, nanotechnology, as well as in interdisciplinary areas of artificial intelligence, earth and environment sciences, and life sciences and health.
With an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, USTC is enhancing its strengths in physical sciences, expanding its engineering research to develop emerging technologies, and initiating a new life science and biomedical centre. It is poised for greater success.
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In conversation with Bao Xinhe, USTC president
The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) has forged an excellent reputation for basic research in physical sciences. Now it is integrating those strengths to develop exciting cross-disciplinary innovations.
For researchers in the engineering science and mechanics programmes at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), there is no question too complex or too small in their quest for answers with real-world impact. They are examining everything from the flow of arterial blood, to lasers for 3D printing. This multidisciplinary programme is expanding its core work in engineering mechanics and precision instruments to encompass a wider scope that includes new energy, safety, and other emerging engineering technologies.
The Chinese robot Jiajia blinked and moved her head in response to questions thrown her way during face-to-face dialogs with media and users in 2016.
To forge ahead in biological and biomedical science at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), in 2017, a brand new Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine was established. It includes the School of Life Sciences and the newly merged USTC’s first affiliated hospital, the former Anhui Provincial Hospital, which is an impressive 5,000-plus bed facility treating 3.7 million outpatients every year. Tackling a wave of ‘New Medicine’ is the focus of this fresh interdisciplinary initiative at USTC.
Significant scientific progress is increasingly the result of national or international collaboration. A particular strength of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) is its powerful facilities designed specifically to cater for large-scale science, which will help form the bedrock of China’s second Comprehensive National Science Center, based in Hefei.
During the 2016 commencement ceremony at Harvard University, one man was the focus of much attention. He Jiang, then a doctoral student in biochemistry, became the first Chinese citizen ever to give a commencement speech at the historic Ivy League institution. Six years ago, He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). A boy from a village in central China, He’s path to discovery — using single-virus tracking, super-resolution imaging (STORM) to understand more about how influenza infects cells — started at USTC.