School of the Gifted Young

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School of the Gifted Young, University of Science and Technology of China
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The School of the Gifted Young is an honor school at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).


The Special Class for the Gifted Young was established in 1978 following a recommendation by the Nobel Laureate Tsung-Dao Lee to the leaders of China. In April 1983, Special Class for the Gifted Young Administrative Committee was established. This program has expanded to admit both young and regular-age students in three age groups, all receiving the same core training and advising under the unified School program. In 2008, the Special Class for the Gifted Young Administrative Committee is promoted to the School of the Gifted Young. [1]


The School aims to select the best and the brightest high-school students nationwide who study above their grade level by one to several years, and provides an opportunity for these students to enter university at a younger-than-usual age. The selection process is comprehensive: besides taking the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (gaokao), the applicant also needs to pass an examination including on-campus lectures, tests and interviews that are specially designed and administered by the School. In addition, the School also selects outstanding high school graduates at the regular age. With a few exceptions, the students entering the School are 14 – 18 years old. The School admits students of three age groups: 1) The Gifted Young Class, 16 or younger; 2) Innovation Pilot Class, 17 or younger; 3) Experimental Class for the Sciences, colloquially called Double-0 Class, regular high school graduates around 18 years old.[2]


Students at the School of the Gifted Young are not required to decide on a major upon enrollment. Instead, they are allowed to choose and change majors at multiple points throughout the four-year program. Students are offered rich resources and programs available at University of Science and Technology of China. They are assigned faculty mentors drawn from the top-level researchers across the entire University. Emphasis is placed on mathematics and physics during the freshman year. Many students join research groups starting from the sophomore year, and are encouraged to gain research and study experience abroad in the Junior and Senior years. Since 2016, a special five-year Interdisciplinary program was launched, where qualified students can design a personalized curriculum covering two distinct majors, and receive a double-major degree upon completion.

Notable Alumni

Note that in accordance with Chinese academic tradition, years listed are the enrollment year rather than the graduation year. The list is organized alphabetically by surname.


  1. Tianxi_Cai|Cai, Tianxi (蔡天西)[3] – Class of '91. John Rock Professor of Population and Translational Data Sciences, School of Public Health, Harvard University. Director, Translational Data Science Center for a Learning Health System, Harvard University.
  2. Chen, Yu-ao (陈宇翱)[4] – Class of '98. Professor of Physics, Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China.
  3. Chen, Yulin (陈宇林)[5] – Class of '95. Professor of Physics, Oxford University.
  4. Chen, Yunji (陈云霁)[6] – Class of '97. Professor, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Co-founder, Cambricon Technologies.
  5. Du, Jiangfeng (杜江峰)[7] – Class of '85. Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Vice President and Professor of Physics, University of Science and Technology of China.
  6. Fan, Shanhui (范汕洄)[8] – Class of '88. Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University. Fellow of the IEEE, SPIE, American Physical Society, and Optical Society of America.
  7. Fu, Liang (傅亮)[9] – Class of '00. Lawrence C. and Sarah W. Biedenharn Career Development Associate Professor of Physics, MIT.
  8. Gu, Jason (顾建军)[10] – Class of '87. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dalhousie University, President of IEEE Canada, Member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
  9. Guan, Jun-Lin (管俊林)[11][12] – Class of '77. Francis Brunning Endowed Chair Professor and Department Chair, Department of Cancer Biology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  10. Ju_Li|Li, Ju (李巨)[13] – Class of '90. Battelle Energy Alliance Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Materials Research Society, and the American Physical Society.
  11. Lu, Shan (卢山)[14] – Class of '98. Professor of Computer Sciences and Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, University of Chicago.
  12. Luo, Liqun (骆立群)[15] – Class of '81. Ann and Bill Swindells Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Biology and Neurobiology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Stanford University. Member, National Academy of Sciences; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  13. Shao, Zhong (邵中)[16] – Class of '83. Thomas L. Kempner Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Yale University.
  14. Song_Sun|Sun, Song (孙崧)[17] – Class of '02. Associate Professor, Mathematics, UC Berkeley. 2021 Breakthrough New Horizon Prize; 2019 Veblen Prize in Geometry.
  15. Tu, Yuhai (涂豫海)[18] – Class of '83. Research Staff Member & Manager, Theory & Computational Physics, Thomas J. Watson Research Center of IBM. Changjiang Visiting Professor, Peking University. Fellow of the American Physical Society. 2020 Lars Onsager Prize.
  16. Xie, Min (谢旻)[19] – Class of '78. Chair Professor of Industrial Engineering, Hong Kong City University. IEEE Fellow, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore
  17. Yao, Xin (姚新)[20] – Class of '78. Chair Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engieering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China.
  18. Yang, Lan (杨兰)[21] – Class of '92. Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Washington University at St. Louis. Fellow of the Optical Society of America.
  19. Xi_Yin|Yin, Xi (尹希)[22] – Class of '96. Professor of Physics, Harvard University. 2017 Breakthrough New Horizon Prize.
  20. Ya-Qin_Zhang|Zhang, Yaqin (张亚勤) – Class of '78. Professor of Artificial Intelligence Science and Director of the institute of AI, Tsinghua University. Former President of Baidu, Founder of Microsoft Research China, CEO of Microsoft China, Vice President of Microsoft. IEEE Fellow, Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  21. Xiaowei Zhuang | Zhuang, Xiaowei (庄小威)[23] – Class of '87. David B. Arnold Jr. Professor of Science, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology & Physics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Harvard University, Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

Business & Industry

  1. Chen, Tianshi (陈天石) – Class of '01. CEO and co-founder of Cambricon Technologies[24]
  2. Jin, Wenji (靳文戟) – Class of '88. Managing Director, Sequoia Capital China Fund
  3. Li, Ke (Rick) (李可) – Class of '92. Partner at Goldman Sachs Group
  4. Li, Xiaojun (李骁军) – Class of '88. Senior Partner, IDG Capital, #19 on the Forbes Midas List
  5. Ma, Dongmin (马东敏) – Class of '85. Co-founder, Baidu
  6. Wan, Biao (万飚)[25] – Class of '87. President, Honor_(brand)|Honor Technologies.
  7. Xiong, Yuqian (熊雨前) – Class of '85. Founder and CEO of Foxit Software
  8. Zhu, Xiaoxun (朱骁洵) – Class of '88. Executive Vice Present, Siemens, China. Head of Siemens Corporate Technology China. General Manager, IoT Services, Siemens, China.


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