Shanghai International Studies University
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2011)|
|Shanghai International Studies University|
|Motto in English||Integrity, Vision, Academic Excellence|
|President||Cao Deming (曹德明)|
|Campus||Urban 74.7 hectares|
|Nickname||SISU, or ShàngWài|
Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) (Chinese: 上海外国语大学) is an elite liberal arts college and China's top institution of higher learning. SISU has been one of the most acclaimed and influential universities cultivating professionals connecting China with the outside world. SISU was among the first batch of schools admitted to the Project 211. Like its rival Beijing Foreign Studies University, SISU is known for its strict admission selection. SISU is constantly ranked among top 15 universities in China, even it does not provide science or technology studies. The Ministry of Education has designated SISU's English Literature a National Key Subject along with the English Literature of Peking University.
After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the East China office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (中共中央华东局) and the government of the Shanghai Municipality decided to establish an institute for higher education in Russian studies to cultivate qualified diplomats and translators for international affairs. With the support of Mayor Chen Yi, the Shanghai Russian School (上海俄文学校) was officially established on December 1949. Jiang Chunfang, one of the most famous Russian translators in China and the first chief editor of the Encyclopedia of China was appointed as the school's first president.
In 1950, the department of English was established and the college was incorporated as the foreign language school affiliated to the East China People's Revolution University (华东人民革命大学). The department of oriental language and literature was founded in April, 1951 and languages as Burmese, Vietnamese, Indonesian had respectively been introduced to teaching.
Later in 1952, a nationwide restructuring of institutes of higher education began in China, and the department of oriental language and literature was incorporated into Peking University. The college was renamed as Shanghai Russian College that specialise in teaching Russian language. The university was used to be widely known as Shanghai Foreign Language Institute (上海外国语学院) since its expansion in 1956 and became a national key university approved by the State Council in 1963 with the department of Russian, English (re-established), French, German, Japanese, Arabic and Spanish.
Since 1978, the university has strengthened its teaching and research in foreign languages and started to launch multidisciplinary programmes, which are categorised into three types, namely comprehensive programs (language + specialty), bilingual programs (English + another foreign language) and professional programs (English + a profession).
Approved by the Ministry of Education in 1994, it was officially renamed as Shanghai International Studies University (上海外国语大学). In the same year, it was listed as one of the first colleges and universities jointly supervised by the national Ministry of Education and the Municipality of Shanghai. In 1996, SISU passed the evaluation process of Project 211 directed by the Ministry of Education, and became one of the nation’s “100 key universities for the 21st Century.” 
Schools and Departments
There are 33 Master's Programs:(30 research programs) Adult Education, Ancient Chinese Literature, Arabic Language and Literature, Asian-African Languages and Literatures, Chinese and Foreign Political Institution, Chinese Linguistics and Philology, Communication, Comparative Literature & World Literature, Corporate Management, Curriculum and Teaching Methodology, Diplomacy, Education in Ideology and Politics, Educational Technology, English Language and Literature, European Languages and Literatures, Finance, French Language and Literature, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, German Language and Literature, International Politics, International Relations, International Trade, Japanese Language and Literature, Journalism, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Modern & Contemporary Chinese Literature, Russian Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Technology Economy and Management, Translation Studies; (3 taught programs) Translation and Interpreting (MTI), Business Administration (MBA), Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL).
There are 12 Doctoral Programs: English Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Arabic Language and Literature, Asian and African Languages and Literatures, Translation Studies, International Relations, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, International Politics, Diplomacy.
The Graduate Institute of Interpretation and Translation (GIIT) of SISU is awarded the highest ranking by AIIC, the International Association of Conference Interpreters, as the only Asian university among the 15 top professional conference interpreting schools in the world.
The University has entered into partnerships with 245 universities and institutions in 49 countries and regions.
The Hongkou campus is located in the center of Shanghai, covering 16.9 hectares.
The Songjiang campus is in Shanghai's Songjiang New District, covering an area of 53.3 hectares.
- Yang Jiechi - State Councilor of the People's Republic of China , former Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Zhou Shuchun - Vice President of Xinhua News Agency
- Wang Yeping - Former First Lady of China (wife of Jiang Zemin)
- Yang Chao - Former Chairman of China Life Insurance Company , Fortune Global 500 and China's biggest insurance corporation
- Zhou Zhongshu - President of China Minmetals Corporation, ranked 192 among Fortune Global 500
- He Chongyuan - Vice President of People's Daily
- Li Jinjun - Vice Minister of International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
- Wang Guoqing - Former Vice Minister of State Council Information Office
- Joan Chen - actress and director
- Rebecca Wei - General Manager, Asia, Christie's
- (zh) "The History of SISU". Shanghai International Studies University. 2006.
- (en) "Shanghai interpretation school bounds into world top 15". People's Daily. Xinhua News Agency. 2005.
- (en) "Global Partners". Shanghai International Studies University. Shanghai International Studies University. 2012.
- Distinguished Professors at Shanghai International Studies University
- The Compilation Committee (1989). A Concise History of Shanghai Foreign Language Institute:1949-1989. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. ISBN 7-81009-403-3.
- The Compilation Committee (1996). A History of Shanghai International Studies University. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. ISBN 7-81046-094-3.
- Shanghai International Studies University
- Shanghai International Studies University (English Homepage)
- The Map of Shanghai International Studies University