Mario Lanza, Ph.D
Associate  Professor of Materials  Science and Engineering
Physical Science and Engineering Division
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Building 5, Office 3334
Thuwal, 23955 – Saudi Arabia – Phone: 00966128084742

Soochow University & FUNSOM

According to Nature Index, Soochow University has been the fastest growing university in the world during the period 2015-2016, and it ranks top 70 in the world [see Nature] and top 7 in China [see Nature] in the field of physical sciences. Currently Soochow University has more than 43,000 students from all fields of science, and it is the leading institution of the Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nanoscience and Technology, a pioneering program for higher education in China [see Nature]. The Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM) is the flagship department for high impact research in Soochow University. FUNSOM hosts 322 master students, 81 PhD students and 19 postdocs, which are divided in 30 research groups with sizes ranging between 15 and 30 members. With only 2% of its staff, FUNSOM produces near 65% of high impact research from Soochow University [Thomson Reuters, period 2014-2015]. On December 2016, Advanced Materials (Wiley-VCH) dedicated an entire special issue only to the institute [see Advanced Materials]. Soochow University has three main campuses in Suzhou, and FUNSOM is located at the one close to the Dushu Lake, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and water canals.

Suzhou & Suzhou Industrial Park

Suzhou is a middle-size city of China (its population is only 10 millions persons) located 150 Km from Shanghai (that is 25 minutes by high speed train). Suzhou is known in China as the “Paradise on Earth”, due to the unique beauty of its gardens, traditional architecture and water canals (it is also known as the “Chinese Venice”). Since 2008, the city has experienced a rapid economic and social growth, boosted by the foundation of Suzhou Industrial Park, which hosts multiple national and international universities, research institutes, start-up companies, and multinationals branch offices. Suzhou Industrial Park offers excellent education programs and services in English, which has rapidly grown the international community. Please watch the corporate video of SIP for more details: