ShanghaiTech University

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ShanghaiTech University
ShanghaiTech University Logo.svg
Type Public
Established 2013
President Jiang Mianheng
Academic staff
100 Tenure Track Professors, 287 Adjunct Professors
Undergraduates 853
Postgraduates 1302 [1]
Location Shanghai, China
31°10′46″N 121°35′26″E / 31.17944°N 121.59056°E / 31.17944; 121.59056 (ShanghaiTech University)Coordinates: 31°10′46″N 121°35′26″E / 31.17944°N 121.59056°E / 31.17944; 121.59056 (ShanghaiTech University)
Campus 393 Middle Huaxia Road, Pudong, Shanghai, 201210
Language English and Chinese
Newspaper News

ShanghaiTech University (ShanghaiTech; Chinese: 上海科技大学) is a new research university in Shanghai, China. Its campus is located in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Pudong.

The establishment of ShanghaiTech is a joint effort of The People's Government of Shanghai Municipality and The Chinese Academy of Sciences Shanghai Branch.

ShanghaiTech is in cooperation with several overseas universities such as University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Drexel University, University of Padua and USC School of Cinematic Arts.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


  • December 2016: ShanghaiTech finished its move to the new campus.
  • Spring 2016: The first batch of master students graduated from ShanghaiTech University.[8]
  • September 30, 2014: ShanghaiTech’s first 207 undergraduate students started their first day of the 2014 semester.
  • February 2014: ShanghaiTech Founding President Jiang Mianheng and University Council Chairman Zhu Zhiyuan were inaugurated.
  • January 24, 2014: China's Ministry of Education approved ShanghaiTech's 2014 undergraduate enrollment plan.
  • September 30, 2013: China’s Ministry of Education approved the official establishment of ShanghaiTech University.
  • September 3, 2013: ShanghaiTech’s first 296 graduate students started their first day.
  • December 28, 2012: ShanghaiTech University laid its foundation in Pudong Science and Technology Park.
  • April 28, 2012: China’s Ministry of Education approved the planning for ShanghaiTech University.
  • May 23, 2011: Shanghai Municipal Government and Chinese Academy of Sciences decided to jointly form the ShanghaiTech Development Steering Group and the ShanghaiTech Development Working Group.
  • September 26, 2008: The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Shanghai Municipal Government signed a Broad Collaboration Agreement to jointly establish the Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Park of CAS, the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) of CAS, and a research university.
  • June 23, 2004: Shanghai Municipal Government and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) initiated the planning of a research university in Pudong New Area.

Schools and Institutes[edit]

The university has four schools in operation and one school in its planning stage:

ShanghaiTech has two research institutes:

School of Physical Science and Technology (SPST)[edit]

The school offers bachelor, master and PhD degrees in physics, astronomy, chemistry, material science and technology and energy and environment science.

The research of SPST is concentrating on:

  • Material discovery, design and synthesis (materials chemistry, biomaterials, synthesis and process, catalysis, nanometer, polymer, surface science, solid state chemistry, soft and hard material interface, environmental sensing and recovery materials).
  • Condensed matter and material physics (experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics, physical behavior of materials, electronic materials, energy storage materials, low-dimensional materials, quantum materials, metamaterials, materials theory)
  • Spectroscopy and Instrumentation Science (Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Scattering and Microscopy, Electron Beam and Scanning Probe Technology and Instruments, Ultrafast Materials Science, In Situ Electron Microscopy, In Situ Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Sensing and Detection )
  • Material Engineering

School of Information Science And Technology (SIST)[edit]

The school offers two bachelor degrees: Computer Science and 'Electrical and Information Engineering' and Master and PhD degrees in four directions: Computing Theory and Software, Computer Systems and Applications, Information Theory and Systems, Electronic Devices and Integrated Systems.[9]

The research of the school is concentrated in seven research centers:[10]

  • Post-Moore Microelectronics and Integrated Circuit Center: Research on the next-generation Integrated Circuit technologies by investigating lower-power and higher-performance innovations from the fundamental device physics to the computer architecture level.
  • Data Science and Machine Intelligence Center: Research on basic mathematics and statistical theory of high dimensional data analysis, efficient and extensible machine learning algorithms, intelligent data acquisition devices and equipment, parallel distributed computer systems and software development platforms, and applications of image, video, text, speech, bioinformatics and other aspects.
  • Virtual Reality and Visual Computing Center: Aims to realize indistinguishable virtual reality contents from the perspectives of fundamental research core techniques in light field acquisition, storage, processing, rendering and display. Research on capturing, processing and tele-presence of 360-degree 3D dynamic real scenes up to the human-eye resolution.
  • Center for Advanced Power and Energy Systems (CAPES): CAPES at ShanghaiTech aims to integrate the cutting edge technologies including distributed microgrid, smart grid, plug-in electric vehicle, internet of things, and big data; and to comprehensively optimize the whole process of power generation, energy storage, power distribution and utilization.
  • ShanghaiTech Automation and Robotics Center (STAR Center): The STAR Center is working on Intelligent Algorithms, Software and Systems for Advanced Research and Applications in Automation and Robotics. It combines areas like Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Control and Optimization, Computer Vision and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
  • Computer System Security Center: The center researches on scalable, reliable, secure systems, with an emphasis on mobile computing and security, Internet of Things security, software security, cryptography and formal verification.
  • Network scIence CentEr (NICE) : Work on network communication, network security, cloud storage, network information processing and massive MIMO signal processing.

School of Life Science And Technology (SLST)[edit]

SLST conducts teaching and research in all fundamental areas of life science. Its research is focused on, but not limited to, genomics and proteomics, epigenetics, RNA biology, systems biology, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, super-resolution microscopy, chemical biology and drug discovery, and translational medicine.

School of Entrepreneurship And Management (SEM)[edit]

SEM does not offer degrees but instead teaches all students of ShanghaiTech University in creativity and creative confidence, critical-thinking and about skills which leads to learning how to innovate. Among other courses are thought on Economics and Design Thinking.

Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS)[edit]

SIAIS is performing antibody and immunochemistry research, dedicated to the understanding of the basic structure and design of biological molecules. It has eight key laboratories in the fields of antibody design, ADC chemistry, phenotypic screening, structure biochemistry, cell biology, stem cell biology, antibody engineering and antibody structure, covering all the capabilities that one needs to go from discovery of an important antibody through all the steps necessary to turn it into a drug. Besides, seven large technical platforms including cell sorting, imaging, protein & gene, HTS, informatics, analytical and animal sciences are also being developed. Nobel laureate James Rothman is a Professor-in-Residence of SIAIS.

iHuman Institute[edit]

iHuman focused exclusively on the basic and applied science of human cell signaling, with research groups in the fields of Chemical and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Antibody Development, Computational Chemistry, Imaging, Structural Biology, System Biology, and Translational Biology. Basic science is at the core of the iHuman Institute, with direct application to drug discovery. Nobel laureate Raymond C. Stevens is the director of the iHuman Institute and Nobel laureate Kurt Wüthrich is leading the iHuman research group on Molecular Structural Biology.


The ShanghaiTech campus is located in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, amongst many national and international R&D-based companies. The university is in very close proximity to the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute and the National Center for Protein Science Shanghai. The campus was designed by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and won the Merit Award for Urban Design Award 2012 of the American Institute of Architects, California Council.[11] With 0.6 square kilometer and a construction area of 701,500 square meters the campus represents investments of the Shanghai Municipal Government of 4.169 billion CNY.[12][13]

Undergraduate teaching started in Fall 2014 at the Zhangjiang Campus and all graduate courses were taught there since the fall semester of 2015. The university is still maintaining some offices in the old campus in the Xuhui District of Shanghai.


The low student-to-faculty ratio of at most 12 to 1 is hoped to ensure a very high teaching quality.[14]

In the future ShanghaiTech aims to host 1000 faculty, including 500 adjunct professors from institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other universities. The university will then educate 2000 undergraduate and 4000 graduate students (including 3,000 Ph.D. candidates).[1]

ShanghaiTech hosts three nobel laureates. Dr. Roger D. Kornberg, 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and James E. Rothman, 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, are Distinguished Professors-in-Residence at the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS). Kurt Wüthrich, 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is a Distinguished Professor-in-Residence at the iHuman Institute.

Undergraduate Program[edit]

The four year undergraduate program at ShanghaiTech University has 3 semesters (fall, spring and summer) per school year. The summer semester is mainly for course projects, with music and painting courses available.

The university puts lots of emphasis on liberal education and creativity cultivation, and develops several original courses, like Introduction to Information Science and Technology, General Introduction to Chinese Civilization and General Introduction to World Civilization.

Graduate Program[edit]

As of 2015 the graduate degrees are provided in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Once the newly designed graduate courses are accredited by the Chinese Ministry of Education ShanghaiTech will grant its own degrees.


The campus of ShanghaiTech University as seen from its iconic tower. The library can be seen in the center and the teachers apartments on the right. In the front left are the teaching and an administration centers. Behind the first row we can find student dormitories on the right and research buildings on the left. In the skyline on the left the skyscrapers of Lujiazui can be seen. (March 2017)
Panoramic view along the main axis of ShanghaiTech University. The School of Physical Science and Technology is on the left and the School of Information Science And Technology on the right. (March 2017)
Panoramic image along the main axis of ShanghaiTech University (November 2015).
ShanghaiTech Campus. Six dormitories for graduate students, the sports hall (center) and the library (white building to the right) (November 2015).

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