About the Institute

TBSI is jointly established in 2014 by the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and the Tsinghua University, with the full support of Shenzhen Municipal Government, on the initiative of promoting research collaboration and graduate student education. Our vision is to build a unique interdisciplinary and international platform of research and education for future industrial scientists and entrepreneurs.

About Nanshan Intelligence Industrial Park 南山智园

Neighboring the Shenzhen University Town, the Nanshan Intelligence Industrial Park is located in the heart of “International village for knowledge and innovation” of Nanshan District, Shenzhen City. The park will be a new hub for high-tech industries, including internet, biological medicine, new energy, advanced materials, next generation of information technology, cultural industry, medical equipment, integrated circuit, smart grid and other key industries.

The park has planning area of 142000 square meters, volume rate of 3.72, construction area of 65.79 million square meters. There are 14 office buildings in the park, which are divided into four areas, including A, B, C (Stage 1) and D (Stage 2). The main functions of the park is for industrial R & D (82%), office (15%) and business (3%).

About University Town of Shenzhen 深圳大学城

University Town of Shenzhen is located aside the Xili Lake in Nanshan District of Shenzhen with a total area of two square kilometers. The University Town is surrounded by hills with the rippling Sha River. University Town of Shenzhen began to be structured in 2002, and the whole construction of educational infrastructure was completed in September, 2003. By the end of 2013, the University Town includes teaching and research buildings (478,300 square meters), student apartments (106,000 square meters), a library (46,000 square meters),and a sports center with a total building area of 38,000 square meters occupying 17,000 square meters land which comprises three parts: a gym, a stadium, and a natatorium.

As a tertiary education hub, the University Town is home to four graduate schools: Tsinghua-UC Berkeley Shenzhen Institute; Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University; Graduate School at Shenzhen, Peking University; Graduate School at Shenzhen, Harbin Institute of Technology.  Further down to the east, three universities: Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, South University of Science and Technology, and North Campus of Shenzhen University are only five minutes’ drive from the University Town.

About Shenzhen

Shenzhen is located on a southern tip of the Chinese mainland and on the eastern bank of the Pearl River. It neighbors Hong Kong. Occupying 1,991.64 square kilometers, the city has a subtropical marine climate with plenty of rain and sunshine and is rich in tropical fruit. By the end of 2013, there were 10.63 million permanent residents.

As the first special economic zone, Shenzhen has been a touchstone for China's reform and opening-up policy since 1980, and has established many firsts in the history of world industrialization, urbanization and modernization. Within only 30 years, Shenzhen, once a tiny border town of just over 30,000 residents, has grown into a modern metropolis; one of the country's most developed cities the fastest-growing cities in the world.

Being southern mainland China’s major financial center, as well as high-tech and manufacturing hub, Shenzhen is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies, the world's third-busiest container port, and the fourth-busiest airport on the Chinese mainland. Shenzhen ranks 22nd in the 2015 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index published by the Z/Yen Group and Qatar Financial Centre Authority. The high-tech, financial services, modern logistics and cultural industries are mainstays of the city. New industries of strategic importance and modern service industries are quickly becoming new engines for the city's economic growth.

As a State-level innovative city, Shenzhen has chosen independent innovation as the dominant strategy for its future development. The number of Shenzhen's PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applications has topped Chinese cities for 10 consecutive years. Shenzhen ranked fourth in Forbes' 2013 list of innovative mainland cities.

The city is also well-known for design, with more than 6,000 design companies employing more than 60,000 people. On Nov. 19, 2008, UNESCO named Shenzhen a member of its Creative Cities Network and awarded Shenzhen the title of City of Design.

Shenzhen has unique cultural charm. The city has a network of first-class public cultural facilities that allow residents to enjoy thousands of cultural performances. Since 2003, its cultural and creative industries have achieved robust expansion with annual growth rates of more than 20% and become important engines for the city's economic development.

Shenzhen is an ecological garden city. The urban greenbelt coverage in developed areas is 45.07%. Shenzhen is China's first city to win the Nations in Bloom Award, and named on the United Nations Environment Program's Global 500 Laureate Roll of Honor. In 2007, Shenzhen was named one of China’s top ten most livable cities by Chinese Cities Brand Value Report, which was released at 2007 Beijing Summit of China Cities Forum.

A picturesque coastal city, Shenzhen is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. It was named one of the world's 31 must-see tourist destinations in 2010 by The New York Times. It was also elected one of the top 10 Chinese cities popular with expats in 2013.

This young and vibrant city is stepping up to change modes of economic development and realize marketization, legalization, and internationalization. The city now is speeding up the construction of Qianhai strategic platform and striving to develop the bay-area economy - to integrate regional resource superiority and build an economy corridor that connects Qianhai Bay, Shenzhen Bay, Dapeng Bay and Daya Bay. Shenzhen continues to achieve the goal of development from the "Shenzhen Speed" to "Shenzhen Quality" and to build an innovative and environmental-friendly city where people can live happily and make dreams come true.

In 2012, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone was fully launched. The zone will explore innovations in modern service industries, pilot cooperation between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, and lead the industrial upgrading of the Pearl River Delta area. Shenzhen will continue its historic role as a pioneer in China's development.


Establish an ecosystem for transformational technology research addressing global challenges in environmental sciences and new energy technology, precision medicine and healthcare, and data science and information technology.

Build trans-disciplinary innovative research platforms and graduate curricula.

Foster future entrepreneurs and leaders in science and technology.

Unique education model that emphasizes integration - between students and faculty from China and overseas; between vastly different disciplines; and between academia, industry and government - for cultivation of innovative spirit and leadership.