Shantou, known as Swatow in the local language, is a coastal city, one of the most important open-to-the-world harbors and Special Economic Zone in Guangdong Province in China. It is located in Teochew/Chaoshan area, the east of the province near the border with Fujian.Shantou City has a total area of 2,198.7 sq. km., it had a permanent resident population of 5.6082 million at the end of 2017 and hometown of millions of overseas Chinese.

Shantou has well-established cultural tradition and rich cultural heritage. such as Chaoshan dialect, Chaozhou opera, Chaozhou music, Chaozhou cuisine, Gongfu tea, Chaoshan arts and crafts, and Chaoshan folk custom.


Shantou University (STU), founded in 1981,is a comprehensive university jointly supported by the Ministry of Education, the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Li Ka Shing Foundation. It is the only public university in the world that receives long-term funding from the Li Ka Shing Foundation. The University campus is located in the northwestern part of Shantou, covering a total area of 1.26 square kilometers with a floor space of 570,100 sq.m..


The University consists of 12 colleges and schools, namely, College of Liberal Arts, College of Sciences, College of Engineering, Medical College, Law School, Business School, Cheung Kong School of Art and Design, and Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, School of Public Health, School of International Education, School of Marxism and School of Continuing Education. It enrolls qualified students from all over the country (including Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Taiwan) and abroad. Currently, the Universityoffers Cheung Kong Scholar Professorships, provides 5 Postdoctoral Programs, 3 Doctoral Program for first-level discipline and 39 Doctoral Programs for second-level disciplines, 15 Master’s Programs for first-level disciplines and 104 Master’s Programs for second-level disciplines, as well as 715Professional Master's Degree Programs. As of the end of 2019, STU has 1,791 staff members and over 12,975 students.