Historical evolution
The original Soochow University (DongwuDaxue in pinyin) was founded in Suzhou in 1900. In 1952, after the national adjustments for university departments in China, Soochow University, Southern Jiangsu College of Culture and Education, and Jiangnan University were merged into Jiangsu College of Culture and Education. Later in the same year it was renamed Jiangsu Teachers' College. In 1982, the college was reorganized and was renamed Soochow University. In 1995, 1997 and 2000, Suzhou College of Sericulture, Suzhou Institute of Silk Textile Technology and Suzhou Medical College were merged into Soochow University, respectively.

Soochow University(1900~1952)
Founded in 1900 by the American Methodist Episcopal Church, Soochow University was the most time-honored institution of modern higher education in China. At that time, its School of Liberal Arts and Sciences was located in Tiancizhuang, Fengmen, Suzhou, and its Law School on Kunshan Road, Shanghai. In 1929, the university was officially registered as Soochow University with the National Government in Nanjing. In 1952, after the national adjustments for university departments, Soochow University, Southern Jiangsu College of Culture and Education and Jiangnan University were merged into Southern Jiangsu Teachers' College. Later in the same year, it was renamed as Jiangsu Teachers' College. Over the past years, the university has nurtured many renowned scholars and personages.

University Gate (Signed by WengTonghe) On the back of the gate is our motto in
Chinese and English.

University Emblem

University Motto autographed by Yang Yongqing, the first Chinese President of the University. University Song Anthem University Flag

Lin Hall Zishi Hall
Constructed in 1901 and finished in 1903, named after Mr. Lin Yuezhi (Dr. Young J. Allen), the founder of the university. First opened in 1930, named after Mr. Cao Zishi, the Chinese founder of Buffington Institute.

Ge Hall Weige Hall Sun Hall
Constructed in 1922-1923, named after the father of Mr. Ge Lai'en (John W. Cline), the second president of the university. Built in 1932-1933, named after Mr. Li Weige, a donor to the university. Opened in 1911, named after Sun Yuewen (Dr. David L. Anderson), the first president of the university

Honors of Soochow University
Soochow University, with its long history, has played as a pioneering role in the modern history of higher education in China.
Soochow University was the first university to follow the western educational system in China (1900)

Dr. D. L. Anderson, the first president of the university Soochow University was registered in the State of Tennessee by theAmerican Methodist Episcopal Church, South

Yan Lai Hong, the first university periodical published in China (1903) The first university academic journal published in China
Xuefu, the first issue of the journal of Soochow University (1906)
The first Law School in China Soochow University was the first institution to offer undergraduate program of law (1915) and to confer the degree of Bachelor of Law (1918) in China.

In 1917, Soochow University conferred the degree of Master of Chemistry to Mr. Xu Jinhan and Mr. Chen Tiaofu.

Chen Tiaofu

Xu Jinhan

Xu Jinhan's Parchment of Master of Chemistry

Outstanding Alumni
Over the past century, Soochow University has fostered more than 300,000 professionals in different fields to the society, and many have become academic, political, and business elites.
Alumni of the university include some members of the Chinese Academy of Science or Engineering, such as Xu Deheng, Zhou Gucheng, FeiXiaotong, Lei Jieqiong, Sun Qimeng, Zhao Puchu, Qian Weichang, Dong Yinchu, Li Zhengdao (Tsung-Dao Lee), Ni Zhengyu, Zheng Pijiang, Du Ziwei, Yang Tieliang, ZhaLiangyong (Louis Cha), Zhu Yongxin, Tan Jiazhen, Liu Jiankang, Song Hongzhao and many others.

Li Zhengdao (Tsung-Dao Lee)

Qian Weichang

Tan Jiazhen

ZhaLiangyong (Louis Cha)

Yang Tieliang

Ni Zhengyu

Zheng Pijiang

Dong Yinchu

Zhao Puchu

Lei Jieqiong

Sun Qimeng


Xu Deheng

Zhou Gucheng

Du Ziwei

Liu Jiankang

Song Hongzhao