The university has 1,600 staff, 900 of which are academic, and boasts an attendance of more than 20,000 students. While focusing on engineering disciplines, SAU’s scope has been enhanced with curricula covering such areas as science, management and liberal arts. The university has 44 disciplines for undergraduate study, 50 disciplines for master degrees, and joint programs for PhDs. SAU degrees are recognized around the world.
SAU prides itself on its practical teaching system which includes basic, professional and general practice. There are numerous first-rate labs for the students, some at national level.
SAU is also proud of its Aircraft Maintenance Center, which is the only one in China approved by the China Civil Aviation Authority to issue licenses to maintain helicopters. Authorization of fixed-wing aircraft maintenance licenses is anticipated soon. There are 30 aircrafts provided for the students to practice with on the campus.
SAU has established cooperation with many companies and institutes including the Shenyang Liming Aero-engine Group Corporation, the AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, and has developed a network of 50 partnerships to provide practical training opportunities both inside and outside the campus.
During its 60 years, about 90,000 students have graduated from the university, with numerous students achieving high honors. SAU graduates historically have had a very high employment rate with around 90% being employed soon after graduation.
Internationalization is one of the characteristics of SAU. The university has established cooperative agreements with 300 universities and companies from around the world. It has an active exchange program for both teachers and students.
The university employs a number of foreign teachers who contribute to both the academic and cultural life of the school community. At present, there are over 1222 international students from 71 countries studying Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chinese Culture, etc,. These students, with their diverse cultural backgrounds, contribute to the broad international focus of the university.