The South China University of Technology (SCUT) is a leading educational institution in China. It is a public research-intensive university directly governed by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Located in the city of Guangzhou, a thriving metropolis in South China, the university today covers a total area of 391 hectares, consisting of three campuses: the Wushan Campus, the University Town Campus, and the Guangzhou International Campus.
The university was formerly known as the South China Institute of Technology, which was first founded in 1952 by merging the engineering schools and departments of several major universities and polytechnic institutes from five provinces, including Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei and Jiangxi.
The reorganization, at the time, brought engineering faculties with the strongest academic strengths in the central and southern China together in Guangzhou. The predecessors of this new institute shared long histories of developing modern higher education and scientific research, especially in training students of engineering and technology. The outstanding tradition dates back to the early 20th century, when modern democracy and science were emerging and developing quickly in Guangdong province.