Suzhou Centennial College (SCC) was established through partnerships of Suzhou University of Science and Technology (SUST), Centennial College Canada (CC) and GEM Education Group founded by Mr. Lai Pin Yong, a Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia. SCC is China’s first Sino-foreign Joint College approved by the government of Jiangsu province and filed by Chinese Ministry of Education.
SCC is located in Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District (SEID) - China’s Silicon Valley and the nation’s first Demonstration District of Internationalization in Higher Education. SCC is surrounded by more than 30 prestigious universities and over 10 world-renowned research institutions at home and abroad: Oxford Suzhou Center for Advanced Research, Suzhou University, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO), Huawei Suzhou R&D Center and Microsoft Research Center, just to name a few. All SCC students have access to the shared facilities in SEID such as accommodation, neighborhood center, library, sports center, and movie theater, etc.
SCC strategically develops its academic programs by prioritizing engineering programs, incorporating engineering into management programs, and integrating engineering and business programs. SCC boasts its 7 schools namely School of Engineering, School of Business, School of Art and Design, School of Education and Service, School of Liberal Arts, School of Continuing Education and School of Innovation and Start-up Business and it currently offers 22 programs respectively in the fields of Big Data Technology and Application, Cloud Computing Technology and Application, Software Engineering Technology, Intelligent Control Technology, E-Commerce, International Finance, International Trade, Animation Production Technology, Architectural Design and Early Childhood Education, programs of which are in high demand by local industries and communities. Among the 22 programs offered at SCC, two are labeled as branded programs at provincial level and the other two at municipal level. To better prepare SCC students for career readiness and accommodate the industry needs within the next decade, SCC is planning to build a Practical Skills Training Base that covers an area of 50,000 square meters and promotes industry-education integration. With over 4,000 high technology corporations such as Huawei, Spitz, Cinda Bio, Tongcheng Yilong, Xuchuang Technology, NJU Optoelectronics, Sudaweig, Corning Jerry housed in SEID, students will have good opportunities for placement and employment.
SCC features its good English speaking environment, well-developed industry-education integration, massive online teaching and multiple pathways to universities through adherence to its educational philosophy of ‘Internationalization, Specialization and Student Satisfaction’. SCC is committed to helping its students improve English proficiency and acquire essential employability skills to become truly global citizens and skilled workforce.
About 90% of SCC teaching faculty hold master’s degrees or above, among which 50% have overseas education background. Therefore, SCC faculty are able to deliver courses bilingually or in English. With international students taking up to one fifth of total student population on campus, SCC offers a variety of extracurricular activities to accommodate students’ individual needs in learning English, such as English Club, English Competition for Fun, Talent Show, Drama Club, Public Relations Club, Globetrotters Club, English Enhancement Program and Writing Lab.
SCC develops its college-business cooperation through joint development of programs in the fields of industrial internet, artificial intelligence and intelligent manufacturing with contextualized skills training. By incorporating blended learning approaches of MOOC/ SPOC and distance learning, SCC makes endeavors to revolutionize teaching and learning through transformations from ‘making student gain knowledge through passive learning’ to ‘helping students acquire knowledge and skills for occupational and lifelong purposes’. By inviting professors and engineers across the world to deliver courses online, SCC is exploring the possibilities to offer synchronized classes online-to-offline.
SCC visions a renowned Sino-foreign Joint College with distinguishing characteristics across the nation in China. Graduates of SCC have good chances to upgrade their credentials from diploma to degree via college-university pathways to more than 100 universities in Canada, the UK, Australia, the USA, Germany and France which may include but not limited to: University of Toronto, York University and University of Ontario Institute Technology; Warwick University, Nottingham University and Hull University; Australian National University, University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University； Northeastern University，California State University and Portland State University. Through the partnership with and support of Centennial College, SCC students are able to continue their study at Centennial College in Canada or its partner universities around the globe, and SCC Overseas Articulation Center can facilitate this process by offering one-stop counseling services.