School of Software Engineering (SSE) of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) was founded in 2001. It is one of the thirty-five software engineering institutes in China to pioneer the mission to meet industry demand for software engineers with an advanced degree. In retrospect, the dedication of SSE to innovation and excellence in education has resulted in rapid growth. Enrolled students have increased to 1,650, a seven fold jump from eight years ago. Significant achievements have occurred in various areas including improvements in curriculum, teaching methods and support environments, as well as the construction and installation of a cutting-edge teaching information management system. SSE has established collaboration with a wide variety of enterprises and universities both domestic and abroad. The collaboration between SSE and the city of Suzhou substantially expands SSE’s teaching and laboratory spaces to 18, 500 square meters or 166, 500 square feet. The Suzhou campus is only half an hour from Shanghai, the most modernized city of China with a high concentration of Fortune 500 companies in all sectors. The ability of SSE to produce high-quality software professionals is greatly increased during the last decade. Our students are highly sought in the software industry.In the last several years, all of our graduates are employed or continue to Ph.D. study. Looking ahead, SSE will continue to expand national and international cooperation as well as improve our educational programs. We will have our fingers on the pulse of the IT industry and strive to produce versatile software professionals with international competitiveness.