University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

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University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
Former names
East China University of Technology
Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Technology.
Motto 信义勤爱 思学志远
Established 1906
Type public university
President Xu Xiaoming
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 16,800
Postgraduates 4,300
Location Shanghai,  People's Republic of China
Nickname 上海理工

University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST; Chinese: 上海理工大学; pinyin: Shànghǎi Lǐgōng Dàxué) founded in 1906, is a public university in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. It is colloquially known as Shànghǎi Lǐgōng or Shànglǐ.


The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology was originally built by the Northern and Southern Baptists of the United States on 26.5 acres of land purchased in late 1905. The first president of the college, originally known as the Shanghai Baptist College and Seminary, was John Thomas Proctor, a Baptist Missionary appointed by the Board of Trustees in August 1906 during a meeting in Moganshan. Proctor was president and professor of history and philosophy at the college until the fall of 1910 when he was replaced by Dr. F. J. White as acting president. The first Chinese professor at the college was Mr. Tong Tsing-En.[1]

The first Chinese president was Dr. Herman C. E. Liu from 1928-1938. USST is the amalgamation of East China University of Technology and Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Technology. The former originated from Shanghai Industry School, set up on the original campus of University of Shanghai, also known as Hujiang University (沪江大学)(1906–1952) after the establishment of the People's Republic of China. The latter originated from Deutsche Medizinschule, created in 1907. Between 1960 and 1994, the school was known as Shanghai Institute of Mechanism(上海机械学院). In May 1996, East China University and Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Technology were amalgamated and established as USST. The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology today has become a key university in Shanghai.


The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) is a multidisciplinary university with emphasis in engineering (its main major), management, commerce, arts, science and medicine. In September 1998, according to the principle of “co-established by both central government and local government, mainly managed by Shanghai Municipality”, along with its jurisdiction transferred from the former Ministry of Machinery Industry to Shanghai Municipality, USST became a new-style municipal higher learning institute. In July 2003, due to the readjustment of universities in Shanghai, Shanghai Medical Apparatus and Instruments College and Shanghai Publishing and Printing Training School were put under the administration of USST. They were established respectively as its College of Medical Apparatus and Instruments, and Publishing and Printing College.

As of 2007, USST consists of 16 colleges, two departments, one center and 27 research institutes. There are 12,098 undergraduates and 1,762 graduates. It has established six disciplines (science, engineering, economics, management, arts and medicine), 19 specialties, 44 bachelor majors, one post-doctoral research station; three Ph. D conferring disciplines, 35 second-rate master conferring disciplines, and 10 engineering and MBA conferring disciplines. It also has formed key discipline of municipal level, three key disciplines of Shanghai Education Committee and seven key disciplines of the former Machinery Ministry.


The total number of its full-time teaching staff is 1098, of which 415 have senior technical and professional titles. There are 111 professors and 282 associate professors, including 50 Ph. D advisors and 280 master advisors. Since 2004, its annual publication of academic papers and books is 1,041. Twenty one of its teachers won the prizes of provincial/ministerial level.


USST has established inter-university relationships with 10 universities in Germany, America, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Russia and Hong Kong. It has established 13 joint international schools with foreign universities including New York Syracuse University (America), New York Queen College (America), MIT Sloan School of Management (America), University of North Dakota (America), Central Michigan University (America), Hamburg University for Applied Sciences (Germany), Montreal University (Canada), University of Central Lancashire (Britain) and Griffith College (Ireland).

USST's most recent and successful international cooperation is the Sino-British College, located in Central Shanghai at its Fuxing Road Campus in the French Quarter. The Sino-British College (SBC) is an international university college, jointly established by the University of Shanghai for Science & Technology (USST), and 9 leading British Universities: The University of Bradford, The University of Huddersfield, The University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, The University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University. SBC became a fully licensed university college on September 1, 2006. It is the only Shanghai-based higher education institution to be awarded a license by the Chinese Ministry of Education to offer full degree programmes to multiple overseas universities (the so-called "1 to N Model"), either taught entirely at the Shanghai campus, or with a period of study abroad. Graduates are awarded degrees from one of the partner British institutions. Currently, it has about 1,800 full-time undergraduate students and nearly 50 international students from 20 countries and regions. Programmes are taught in the English language across the whole spectrum of Business and Engineering by a highly qualified academic team comprising over 80 staff from 15 different countries. Led by Principal Professor Ian Gow OBE, SBC is committed to offering international degree education at the very highest level with continuing support from partner universities in both China and the UK. For more information about the Sino-British College:

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  1. ^ Mildred Proctor, "Shanghai Baptist College," in The Proctors: J.T. and Nellie (1980, 115 pages), pages 56-58; Private Archives of Professor Robert N. Proctor, Department of History, Stanford University.