Officially approved to open on September 30th 2013 by China’s Ministry of Education, ShanghaiTech University is a small-scale research university of academic excellence jointly established by Shanghai Municipal Government and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
ShanghaiTech is committed to serving the national development strategy. ShanghaiTech seeks innovative solutions to address the challenges that China is facing in the field of energy, material, environment, human health, thus to improve productivity driven by innovation, and contribute to the restructuring and development of China.
Governance and Administration
ShanghaiTech is jointly established by Shanghai Municipal Government and Chinese Academy of Sciences. Shanghai Municipal Government provides land and financial support, offers resources for faculty recruitment, teaching and research activities, and responsible for the operation of the university. Chinese Academy of Sciences provides part of faculty members and open access to its research facilities, library and information resources.
Conveniently located in Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Park of CAS in Zhangjiang InnoPark, ShanghaiTech is in the vicinity of several national research institutes and large scientific facilities, such as CAS Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, National Center for Protein Science •Shanghai, New Drug Research Platform of Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Shanghai Engineering Center for Microsatellites, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and close to industries and venture funds within the Zhangjiang InnoPark.
The campus covers approximately 0.6 square kilometer. The total floor area of the approved projects is over 700,000 square meters. Based on the concept of “faculty and student oriented” and “interaction and integration”, the design of the campus won the 2012 American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) Awards for Urban Design. The infrastructure projects have been completed and is gradually being put into use.
ShanghaiTech focuses on science and engineering. The university consists of four schools and two research institutes: School of Physical Science and Technology (SPST), School of Information Science and Technology (SIST), School of Life Science and Technology (SLST), School of Entrepreneurship and Management (SEM), Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS) and iHuman Institute.
ShanghaiTech is building up a strong faculty of 1000 professors, including 500 tenured/ tenure-track professors recruited from around the world and 500 distinguished professors-in-residence from CAS institutes and other prestigious universities or institutes. Among our current faculty (387 by April 2016) are three Nobel laureates, six National Academy of Sciences (USA) members, one member of Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, two Royal Society (UK) fellows, twenty-six CAS members and three Chinese Academy of Engineering members.
ShanghaiTech offers Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Doctoral degree and Professional Master Degree. The undergraduate students will reach 2,000 and graduate students will reach 4,000 (including 3,000 Ph.D. candidates). The first cohort of 296 graduate students was admitted in September 2013, followed by 425 graduate students in 2014 and 385 graduate students in 2015. The first cohort of 207 undergraduate students from 9 provinces of China were enrolled in 2014. In 2015, 299 undergraduate students were accepted for enrollment.
ShanghaiTech aims to nurture future leading scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. At ShanghaiTech, residential colleges work closely with schools to foster students’ moral integrity, academic capabilities and innovative spirit. Students are encouraged to investigate the challenges China faces, to explore cutting-edge research areas and high-tech industries, and to put their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas into action.
In 2015, Eleven teams of students from Class of 2018 joined in Social Engagement Programs in eight provinces/autonomous regions around China. The projects include cultural tradition, environment and energy, urbanization, technological innovation, and educational development. Among the first class of graduate students, 100 students have passed PhD entrance examinations and will continue their studies in the fall semester.
Research is centered on frontiers of physical science and technology, life science and technology and information science and technology, conducted by both individual professors and research teams. By encouraging interdisciplinary approach and the integration of university and national research facilities, the university aims to form a complete innovation value chain which is to drive the industrial development by advancement of science, and is committed to finding innovative resolutions to address the challenges during the transformation of China.
By the end of 2015, ShanghaiTech University had 86 research teams including 18 in School of Physical Science and Technology, 20 in School of Life Science and Technology, 23 in School of Information Science and Technology, 8 in School of Entrepreneurship and Management, 10 in Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS) and 7 in iHuman Institute.
At the end of 2015, the governing body of Zhangjiang Comprehensive National Science Center has been located in ShanghaiTech and among the first four large-scale scientific facilities initiated by the Center, ShanghaiTech is involved in the construction of Live Cell Imagining Facility, Ultra-Intense and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Facility and Free Electron Laser Facility.
ShanghaiTech is actively engaged in the globalization of education and has extensive collaboration with UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, MIT etc. in the field of training of faculty, course sharing, joint degrees, student exchange, academic exchange and joint research. The university is also working to partner with other top Chinese universities. To break down the barrier between research and industry, ShanghaiTech collaborates closely with domestic and international high-tech companies such as Amgen (the largest independent biotechnology firm in the world) and Broadcom (a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications) in joint research and development and student training.
In 2015, 32 students went on their first summer programs at University of California-Berkeley and University of Chicago. ShanghaiTech also welcomed students from University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to do summer research or workshops.