Shanghai University

This article is about the current university in Shanghai. For the former university with a similar name, see University of Shanghai.
Shanghai University
Motto 自强不息;先天下之忧而忧,后天下之乐而乐[1]
Motto in English

The movement of heaven is full of power. Thus the superior man makes himself strong and untiring.

Be concerned about the affairs of state before others, and enjoy comfort after others.[2]
Type Public
Established 1922, rebuilt 1994
President Jin Donghan
Academic staff
Students 37,800
Undergraduates 23,036
Postgraduates 12,181
Other students
Location Shanghai,  People's Republic of China
Campus urban area, 555 acres (2.2 km²)
Colors Light Blue     
Nickname Shangda (上大)
Affiliations NAHLU
Shanghai University
Traditional Chinese 上海大學
Simplified Chinese 上海大学

Shanghai University (上海大学 Shànghǎi Dàxué), abbreviated as SHU or Shangda (上大 Shàngdà), is a public research university located in Shanghai, China. Shanghai University is one of the nation's leading research universities. Its three campuses are in Baoshan, Jing'an and Jiading districts.

Founded in 1922, originally a revolutionary school, the university contributed a group of useful people to the cause of Chinese liberation and development.[3] By consolidating four universities, it became a research-intensive comprehensive university and also the biggest higher learning institution run by Shanghai Municipality in 1994.[3][4] The university enrolls 23,036 undergraduate and 12,181 postgraduate students, including 3,896 international students.[5]

Shanghai University is amongst the list of Project 211 for top national universities. The university's enterprise scientific research funds stood at CNY¥489.9 million in 2016, ranked 13th in China.[6] In the 2015 QS World University Rankings, it is ranked 411-420 in the world, 75th in Asia and 15th in China.[7][8][9] The university was also ranked 51-60 globally and 1st in China in the global young university rankings, according to the 2015 QS Top 50 Under 50.[10]


Shanghai University (1922 to 1927)

Shanghai University in the 1920s

Shanghai University was founded on Qingyun Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai in 1922 and was the outcome of the cooperation between the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) and the Communist Party. Yu Youren, a notable member of Kuomintang, was the first president of the university. At the time under the revolutionary government led by Sun Yat-sen, Shanghai University was the top school in liberal arts, while Whampoa Military Academy was the elite academy for military training. However, Shanghai University became dominated by left wing factions sympathetic to the Communist Party of China. As a result, Shanghai University was closed in 1927 during the anti-Communist purges of Chiang Kai-shek (at the start of the Chinese Civil War). The old campus was destroyed during World War II.

Refoundation and merger

Motto written by Weichang Chien

In 1983, the People's Republic of China government re-established Shanghai University by combining a number of existing tertiary and vocational institutions in Shanghai, including branches of Fudan University, East China Normal University, Shanghai University of Science & Technology, Shanghai Foreign Language Institute, Shanghai Mechanics College, Shanghai Fine Arts College, and the Shanghai College of Law. The university inherited the traditional focus of liberal arts, fine arts, business and law. Like many modern metropolitan universities, at the time of its re-foundation the university lacked a traditional central campus, but used a number of teaching sites spread throughout Shanghai contributed by the various tertiary and vocational institutions which had been merged to form the new university.

In 1994, a new Shanghai University was created by consolidating Shanghai University of Technology (上海工业大学), Shanghai University of Science & Technology (上海科技大学), the existing Shanghai University (上海大学) and Shanghai Science & Technology College (上海科技高等专科学校).

Shanghai University of Technology was once Shanghai Institute of Technology (上海工学院), founded in 1960 with a strong background of engineering, technology and industries. The institute was renamed Shanghai University of Technology in 1979. The university was located at Yanchang Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai. Professor Weichang Chien (钱伟长) was the president of the university since 1982 and eventually led to the consolidated Shanghai University in 1994.

Shanghai University of Science & Technology was formed by the East China Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1958 with a close relationship to the academic and science institutes. The University was located at Chengzhong Road, Jiading District, Shanghai.

Xing jian building in Yanchang Campus

Shanghai Science & Technology College was once Shanghai No. 2 Science & Technology School established in 1959, and the school became a college in 1981.

New Shanghai University

The new Baoshan Campus, located at Shangda Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai, was constructed as the main campus of the consolidated Shanghai University. The other two campuses are the Yanchang Campus located in Jing'an District, and the Jiading Campus located in Jiading District.

The university had the longest serving university president in the People's Republic of China (PRC), Chien Wei-zang (from 1982 until his death in 2010). He was a well known scientist in China, a senior academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the only PRC university president who served for life.[11]


1st building

Shanghai University has 28 schools and 2 independent departments, with 71 undergraduate programs, 221 master programs, 17 engineering master programs, 117 Ph.D. programs, 17 post-doctoral programs and 2 MBA programs.

The Shanghai University academic spectrum is rich in the arts, laws, social science, mechanics, mathematics, physics, chemistry, life science, computer science, material science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering and electronic engineering.

Shanghai University has 72 research institutes and an advanced high tech development park approved by the State Science Commission. Under the strategy of active involvement in China's economic expansion with technology and science research, the university has gained significant domestic and international influence in applied science research and fundamental science research. In recent years, the university ranks advanced in terms of scientific research funds, achievement awards and the number of academic theses.

Shanghai University is closely linked with the local community. The School of Life Science is co-founded with the local research institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and The School of Film and Television Technology are supported by film, television and broadcasting industries. The university also has joint graduate programs in literature, economics, and law with the Shanghai branch of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

National Key Disciplines and Laboratories

National Key Disciplines: Iron and Steel Metallurgy, Hydromechanics, Sociology and Mechanical electronics and Engineering.[12]

1 National Key Laboratory of Modern Metallurgy and Material Manufacturing Key Lab of Ministry of Education, China
2 National Key Lab of Material Composite and Advanced Dispersion Technology Key Lab of Ministry of Education, China
3 National Key Laboratory of Specialty Fiber Optics and Optical Access Networks Key Lab of Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science, China
4 Key Laboratory of OLED and Application Integration Key Lab of Ministry of Education, China
5 Key Laboratory of Advanced ferrous materials, Southern Base of National Engineering Research Center Development and Reform Commission, China

International Cooperation

Shanghai University is an active member of the international academic community. The university has established cooperative relationships with many universities abroad, with many notable scholars visiting as professors and honorary professors. Currently the university enrolls more than 3,800 foreign students annually. Meanwhile, the university has sent many faculty abroad for training, research and academic exchange. In addition to Shanghai University's more traditional Global/Local MBA program, the university also offers an International Executive Development Program / Executive MBA in conjunction with Rutgers Business School based in Shanghai.

Sino-European School of Technology (UTSEUS)[13]

The school is founded jointly by Shanghai University and French leading Grandes Écoles in 2006. It is a platform of Sino-French and Sino-European teaching and research cooperation in the field of engineering. Students with better grades can switch to a French Diplôme d'Ingénieur program after 3 years of study in the school. It offers 4 undergraduate programs including Information Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Biological Engineering and Material Science Engineering.

The Sydney Institute of Language & Commerce (SILC)[14]

Founded in 1994, the school is one of the earliest Sino-foreign institutes. Based on the comprehensive advantages of Shanghai University and University of Technology, Sydney, it adopts a bilingual teaching in English and Chinese. The school offers bachelor's degrees in 5 majors, namely, International Economics and Trade, Business Management, Information Management & Information System, Finance and Accounting.


Main Library

Shanghai University Library is composed of three libraries. The main library is on the Baoshan campus, Wenhui library is located on Yanchang campus, and Lianhe library resides on Jiading campus. The University library, with a total floor space of 55,000 square meters, has 25 reading rooms and 3,000 seats. The main library occupies approximately 38,000 square meters.

The libraries contain more than 3 million volumes, more than 4,600 periodicals, and many electronic resources including Elsevier, Ebsco, Kluwer, and Academic Press. The library materials are comprehensive and cover diversified areas. In cooperation with Shanghai Writer’s Association, the main library has a collection room for Shanghai writer’s works.

Wenhui Library

Special Collections

Notable alumni and faculty

Notable Faculty

Notable alumni


Baoshan main gate at Shangda Road
The gate of Yanchang Campus

Baoshan Campus

Yanchang Campus

Jiading Campus


See also

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