The university was formerly known as South China Institute of Technology, which was first established in 1952 by merging several major polytechnic institutes in Guangdong province at the time, and also absorbing a number of relevant departments from universities in other provinces.
Widely recognized as one of the most influential universities in China, the reputation is based on the university's historical commitment focusing on the spirit of innovation, cross-disciplinary education and research, as well as high responses to social obligation.
The outstanding tradition of "Study broadly and deliberate carefully, discern clearly and practice universally", which is a legacy inherited from the Chinese history and the ancient Chinese learning philosophy, has educated tens of thousands of graduates that are strongly demanded by the nation and the society, especially in fields like technology, science, engineering and management.
South China University of Technology (SCUT) is a key and comprehensive research-oriented university under “Project 985” and “Project 211”. It bears outstanding scientific research capacity with 3 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 4 of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 foreign academician of Russian Academy of Engineering, 22 Chang Jiang Scholars and 30 receivers of the National Natural Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. It has 2,147 graduate instructors, including 749 doctoral supervisors.
The library of South China University of Technology was established in 1952, with the Foreign Textbooks Centre directly under the State Ministry of Education and the Novelty Search Workstation at the ministerial level authorized by the State Ministry of Education, is among one of the largest libraries of the key polytechnic universities.