Suzhou, a modern and energetic city with its 2,500-year-old history since He Lv, the King of Wu State, established the city in 514 BC. It is still on its original location during the Spring and Autumn Period. Suzhou has always been known as China’s “paradise on earth” and can rightly be regarded as one of the most vibrant cities in the Yangtze River Delta economic zone. It has a population of more than 6 million and a GDP of 1.8 trillion RMB (as of 2018) - ranked 7th among all Chinese cities. Only a 30 minute train ride away from Shanghai, Suzhou is an international high-tech manufacturing hub and the world's largest laptop producer.
Suzhou has been named one of China's most liveable cities.The Grand Canal, stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens make the city one of the top tourist attractions in China and an awarded “International Garden City”. In 1997 and 2000, nine classical gardens of Suzhou and the Suzhou Section of the Grand Canal are listed in the Catalogue of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO . Six projects including Chinese Kunqu Opera and Chinese Guqin Art are listed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UN.
Weather: Suzhou is located in a subtropical monsoon climate zone, so the weather is mild and moist with four distinct seasons. The coldest month falls on January, and the average temperature is 1°C ~ 8°C (34°F ~ 46°F). Just time for summer, weather in July is sweltering. The average high temperature in this month reaches up to 32°C (90°F)), and the average low temperature dips down to 25°C (77°F).
Favorable geographical Location
Suzhou, alternately romanized as Soochow, is a major city located in southeastern Jiangsu Province of East China, about 100 km northwest of Shanghai. Within Suzhou is Suzhou Industrial Park, one of the most competitive development zones in China. This area also contains the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District (home to USTC Suzhou Institute), which sits beside Dushu Lake, one of two lakes in SIP.
Suzhou Industrial Park, where USTC Suzhou Institute locates
Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), China’s equivalent of Silicon Valley, is a global innovation hub with a cluster of Fortune 500 companies, international enterprises and R&D centers. It is not only facilitating and energizing China’s economic development but also providing numerous internship and job opportunities for international students from all over the world.
Home to 151 Fortune 500 companies from 19 countries and regions
500 new research and development institutions - Oxford Suzhou Center for Advanced Research; Harvard Weitz Innovation Hub; Microsoft Search Technology Center Asia, Suzhou office; Central Research Institute of GCL Group, etc.
Numerous R&D centers and innovation centers related to artificial intelligence were established by companies like Baidu, Huawei, DiDi, iFlytek, Apple, Microsoft, and SIEMENS, etc.
7 Sino-foreign cooperative education organizations mainly for higher education, and 29 China-foreign cooperative education programs, such as Xi'an Jiao Tong-Liverpool University, University of California-Los Angeles, National University of Singapore, Skema Business School (France) and Centennial College (Toronto), etc.
High-tech giants, such as AliBaba, Huawei, Baidu, Sina, etc, come to the Career Fair for Foreigners in Suzhou, offering hundreds of job positions and a promising career.