In 2008, athletes from Soochow University won 2 gold medals and 1 copper medal at the 29th Beijing Olympic Games. Since 2009, Soochow University has received 17 National Key Research Program Funds, including 1 of the national "863 program funds",6 of the national "military-related 863 program funds",2 of the national "973 program funds",1 of the national funds of grand-scale aircraft-related program,2 of the national key project of natural science research funds,5 of the national key innovative project funds of new medicine development and 90 other national funds of natural science project. The total Number of Funds won on the national level is 117, with total funds of ￥56.69 million.
In humanities research areas in 2009, the University won 3 national open-tender project funds,1 national key project fund,13 national general project funds.
In 2009, the number of patents filed was 228 and 97 was authorized. The national ranking among Institution of High Education by SCI index is 26th place.
China’s reform and opening-up policy has provided the university with excellent opportunities for international academic exchange and cooperation. Soochow University has established cooperative relationships with more than 100 universities and institutions in Japan, France, Korea, Singapore, Germany, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Every year the university accepts over 2,000 international students to study Chinese language and literature and other relevant majors.
Soochow University consists of five campuses with a total area of more than 3,118 mu and a floor area of around 1.56 million square meters. The university library has a collection of about 4 million volumes and subscribes to about 2,800 domestic and foreign journals and magazines. It also has advanced equipment in the Center of Analysis and Measurement and the Center of Information Networks. The university has a publishing house which publishes academic journals such as Foreign Silk and Soochow University Journal in four discipline-oriented series.
In recent years, Soochow University has been relying on strong economic strength and favorable cultural geographic conditions of Southern Jiangsu and exploring effective ways to serve local economy and social development, which is now regarded as its own distinct feature and motive power for running the school. The university has set up a goal to build it into a high-level university and make it “first-class at home and well known abroad”. Now with unprecedented insight and courage, it is moving steadily toward the realization of this goal.