Suzhou University is located in Suzhou City which is an important strategic point held over the Bianhe River and the Huaihe River in northern Anhui. Suzhou City is a marvelous galaxy with a long history and wonderful historical humanities. The first peasant uprising led by Chen Sheng and Wu Guang broke out here, followed by the Gaixia Battle and the world famous Huaihai Campaign. Li Bai, Bai Juyi and Su Shi, the great poets of Tang dynasty wrote down the eternal lines like “Even fire can’t burn the grass up, again they rise when vernal breezes blow” when they lived here. The miracle Lingbi Stone, the crisp Dangshan pear, the delicious Fuli roasted chicken and the fragrant Jiagou rice in Suzhou are famed throughout China and it is known as “the Birthplace of Chinese Painting”, “the Birthplace of Calligraphy” and “the Birthplace of Circus”.
Suzhou University is a comprehensive provincial undergraduate course university with more than 60 years’ history. It covers an area of 1146 acres, 1,160 acres of land for further development and 372,900 square meters for school buildings. The instruments and teaching equipment in the university is worth over 70 million RMB and the library has a collection of more than 2092,300 books. It publicly publishes "Journal of Suzhou University" and "Suzhou University Newsletter." There are 13 schools and a School of Continuation Education in the university, 49 undergraduate-course majors and 43 3-year university courses. Currently it boasts 16534 students enrolled all over China, embraces a teaching staff of 716 well known for its intellectual vigor, among whom there are 48 professors and 168 associate professors.
In 2001 it was evaluated for “Advanced Unit of Anhui for Social Practice of University Students”; in 2004 it was awarded for “Advanced Unit of Anhui for Talents’ Work” by the CPC Anhui provincial committee and the people's government of Anhui Province. And in 2010 it was selected to be national KAB entrepreneurship education base for college students by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China, All-China Youth Federation, All-China Students Federation and International Labor Organization of the United Nations. The pass rate of the entrance examination from undergraduate to postgraduate university was above 20% every year and the graduate employment rates in recent years are all above 90%. The university was rated “Advanced University of Anhui Province for Graduates Employment Work” every year since 2004 and in 2009 and 2010 “Model University of Anhui Province for Graduates Employment Work” because of the prominent performance.
Full of farsightedness and enthusiasm, the present Party and administrative leaders are now carefully bring forward and carrying out “The Ten Key Projects of The University”. Based on the current situation and aiming at better development of the University, the University constituted the 11th 5-year-plan. Under the wise guidance of the present Party and administrative leaders, the staff members of the University are striving to turn the University into a comprehensive university to face the opportunities and challenges of the new century.