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 and 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, a seaside city, covering a total area of 1.26 square kilometers with a floor space of 435,200 m2.
The University consists of 10 colleges and schools. It enrolls qualified students from all over the country (including Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Taiwan). Currently, the University has National Key Discipline, offers Cheung Kong Scholar Professorships, provides a number of Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Programs. The University also has both National Key Laboratory and Provincial Key Laboratories, and National Pilot Sites for Innovative Talents Training. Currently, STU has a staff of 1,533 and over 10,005 students and has nurtured nearly 90,000 graduates.