Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU; Chinese: 上海交通大学) is a major research university in Shanghai. Established in 1896 as Nanyang Public School by an imperial edict issued by the Guangxu Emperor, it has been referred to as "The MIT of the East" since the 1930s.[5][6] It is renowned as one of the oldest, most prestigious and selective universities in China. Shanghai Jiao Tong is a C9 League university and a Chinese Ministry of Education Class A Double First Class University.[7]

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Former names
Nanyang Public School
Nan Yang College of Chiao Tung
National Chiao Tung University
Jiao Tong University
Motto in English
Gratitude and Responsibility.[2]
PresidentLin Zhongqin
Party SecretaryJiang Sixian
Academic staff
Postgraduates14,532 Master Candidates
7,236 Ph.D. Candidates[4]

31°12′03″N 121°25′47″E
CampusUrban, 3.4 km2
AffiliationsC9, Universitas 21, Project 985, Project 211
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Simplified Chinese上海交通大学
Traditional Chinese上海交通大學


The word "Jiao Tong" (交通), formerly romanized as "Chiao Tung", means transportation or communication. It reflects the university's root — it was founded by the Ministry of Posts and Communications of the late Qing dynasty.


In 1896, the Nanyang Public School (南洋公學) was founded in Shanghai by the imperial edict of the Guangxu Emperor, under the Business and Telegraphs Office of the Qing imperial government. Four schools were established: a normal school, a school of foreign studies, a middle school, and a high school. Sheng Xuanhuai, the mandarin who proposed the idea to the Guangxu Emperor, became the first president and is, along with missionary educator John Calvin Ferguson, regarded as the founder of the university.

The Ministry of Commerce assumed administration of the college in 1904, and in 1905 changed the college's name to Imperial Polytechnic College of the Commerce Ministry. In 1906, the college was placed under the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs, and its name was changed to Shanghai Industrial College of the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs. When the Republic of China was founded, the college was placed under the Ministry of Communications and its name was once again changed, this time to Government Institute of Technology of the Communications Ministry.

In 1918, the Republic of China government founded the School of Management. After a merger with two other colleges in 1920, the name changed to Nan Yang College of Chiao Tung.

The college achieved world renown in the 1930s, and was referred to as the "Eastern MIT".[8] In 1938, the Ministry of Education assumed administration of the university and renamed it to National Chiao Tung University (Chinese: 國立交通大學), the name by which daughter institution National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, is known to this day. In 1943, the graduate school was founded.

When the Japanese surrendered in 1945, neither the Communist Party of China (CPC) nor the Kuomintang KMT trusted each other or were actively cooperating. After American-sponsored attempts to negotiate a coalition government failed in 1946, the Chinese Civil War resumed. The CPC defeated the Nationalists in 1949, forcing Chiang's government to retreat to Taiwan. During the evacuation, a part of faculty and alumni was taken to Taiwan by Chiang Kai-shek, founding National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan in 1958.

After the Chinese Civil War, the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949. Chiao Tung lost its "National" appellation and became Chiao Tung University to reflect the fact that all universities under the new socialist state would be public.

In the 1950s, the pinyin romanization system was developed in Mainland China and Chiao Tung University changed its English name to Jiao Tong University.

Shanghai Second Medical University was merged into Shanghai Jiao Tong University on July 18, 2005, under the name Medical School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Since the reform and opening up policy in China, SJTU has grown substantially. It is composed of five campuses, including Xuhui, Minhang, Luwan, Qibao, and Fahua (法华), taking up an area of about 3,225,833 square meters. [9]

In 2013, François Hollande inaugurated the SJTU-ParisTech Elite Institute of Technology (SPEIT), an institution based on the French engineering education system. The four founding member universities are École Polytechnique, ENSTA ParisTech, Mines ParisTech and Télécom ParisTech[10]

The university was also producer of the Academic Ranking of World Universities until 2008.

Academics, enrollment, and staff

Today SJTU has 31 schools (departments), 63 undergraduate programs, 250 masters-degree programs, 203 Ph.D. programs, 28 post-doctorate programs, and 11 state key laboratories and national engineering research centers.

Its total enrollment of students amounts to 40,711, of which 2,722 are international students. There are 16,221 undergraduates, and 21,768 masters and Ph.D. candidates.[9]

The university has more than 1,900 professors and associate professors, including 22 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 24 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 139 accredited professors and chair professors of the "Chang Jiang Scholars Program".

Reputation and rankings

University rankings
ARWU World[11] 82
THE World[12] 189
QS World[13] 59
Times Asia[14] 18
QS Asia[15] 19
QS BRICS[16] 7
QS Employability[17] 42
BCUR China[18] 4
CUAA China[19] 7

Internationally, SJTU is ranked among 82nd globally by ARWU (2019). The institution came sixth in the QS BRICS University Rankings[20] and was 27th in the counterpart conducted by Times Higher Education.[21] In 2019, it ranked 17th among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings.[22]

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Since 2003, Shanghai Jiao Tong University has produced the Academic Ranking of World Universities[23] which analyzes the top universities in the world on quality of faculty (40%), research output (40%), quality of education (10%) and performance vs. size (10%).[24] Its ranking is exclusively of research universities, mainly in the empirical sciences.


Academic schools

  • Continuing Education
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
  • China-UK Low Carbon College
  • Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Sciences: Mathematics and Physics
  • Life Science and biotechnology
  • Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine
  • Humanities
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Antai College of Economics and Management
  • Finance and MBA
  • International and Public Affairs
  • Foreign Languages
  • Agriculture and Biology
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Medical
  • Law
  • Media and Design
  • Micro-electronics
  • Information Security Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Directly affiliated departments

  • Department of Plastic Technology
  • Department of Sports

Graduate school

Affiliated institutes

  • Institute of Aerospace Science and Technology
  • Research Institute of Micro/Nano Science and Technology
  • Institute of Energy

Affiliated hospitals

Student organizations

SJTU Dancing Team

Diversified genres including Latin, Ballet, Chinese Folk Dance, Chinese Classical Dance and Yang Go.

  • Awards: Second-class prize on National University Art Competition


Xuhui Campus

The previous main campus was located in Xujiahui, in the Xuhui District of Shanghai, formerly a largely Catholic area and a site of several educational institutions.

Most buildings on campus were influenced by American architecture, while the main gate, which was built in 1935, is of traditional Chinese style reflecting the University's earlier status as the "Imperial Polytechnic College". The approaches to the main gate were via a series of marble bridges, similar to, although smaller than, those built in front of Tiananmen. However, recent road expansions have demolished the river as well as most of bridges. A copy of this famous gate scene have been built on the east of Minhang campus.

The construction of the campus never came to an end in the past century. Existing buildings: the Middle College building (built in 1898), the original library (built in 1919), the gymnasium (built in 1925), the administrative building (built in 1933), the Xinjian building (built in 1953), the new Upper College building (built in 1955), the second teaching building (built in 1960), Bao Zhaolong library (built in 1985) and Haoran high-tech building (built in 1996) were constructed one after another.

The university's School of International Education is located here, where a large number of international students take classes throughout the academic year (however, most international students that take degree courses are in Minhang campus). The campus still houses a variety of scientific research institutions, State Key Laboratory of Ocean Engineering for instance, although most moved to the new campus since 1987.

Minhang Campus

The Minhang campus is located in the Minhang District on the outskirts of metropolitan Shanghai. This young campus, which was founded in 1987, covers 2,822,903m2 once farmland. Zizhu Science Park, where Intel, ST Microelectronics, Microsoft, Sandisk and other high-tech companies placed their research and development centers, to the south of this campus.

Currently, most administrative and academic framework of the university and the majority of undergraduate and graduate students are situated at this campus, and the campus has three libraries and seven dining halls.

South Chongqing Road Campus

It used to be the campus of Shanghai Second Medical University, which is located in the Luwan District of Shanghai. The Aurora University (Shanghai), a pre-eminent Catholic university in Shanghai, was located there before 1952.

Qibao Campus

In 1999, Shanghai Agricultural College was merged into SJTU. Its campus, located at 2678 Qixin Road (postcode 201101), became the Qibao Campus of SJTU.

Shangzhong Road Campus

In 2006, Shanghai Jiao Tong University sold this campus to Shanghai High School.

Fahuazhen Road Campus

This campus is where Jiao Tong's Antai College of Economics and Management and the School of Continuing Education are located.

Lingang Campus

This campus is located at No 3 Yinlian Rd, in Lingang area. Jiao Tong's China-UK Low Carbon College moved to this campus in Step. 2018.

Notable alumni

Today, associations organized by Jiao Tong's alumni can be found in the United States, Japan, European Union countries, Canada, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China. They call themselves Jiao Tong (Jiaoda) people.

The routine services of these alumni associations include: updating contact lists, holding conferences, conducting Sino-foreign cultural exchanges, and keeping contact with other alumni associations throughout the world.

Students from SJTU have won top prizes in various competitions, including ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, International Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Electronics Design Contests. Famous alumni of SJTU or its predecessors include Jiang Zemin, James S.C. Chao Lu Dingyi, Ding Guangen, Wang Daohan, Qian Xuesen, Wu Wenjun, Zou Taofen, Mao Yisheng, Cai Er, Huang Yanpei, Shao Lizi, Wang An, David K. Cheng, Jimmy H. C. Lin and many more. More than 200 of the academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering are alumni of Jiao Tong University.

See also


  1. 校训. Archived from the original on 2018-03-17. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  2. "SJTU 2011 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony". 2011-06-25. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20.
  3. "2017–12-31 Overview (Undergraduate)" (PDF). Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  4. "2017–12-31 Overview (Postgraduate)". Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  5. Sullivan, Lawrence R.; Liu, Nancy Y. (2015). Historical Dictionary of Science and Technology in Modern China. London: Rowman and Littlefield. p. 375.
  6. Linehan, Paul Michael (2018). The Culture of Leadership in Contemporary China: Conflict, Values, and Perspectives for a New Generation. London: Lexington Books. p. 128.
  7. 教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first-class universities and disciplines).
  8. "During the last century: Eastern MIT". Xi'an Jiao Tong University. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  9. "About SJTU - Overview". 2017-12-31. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  10. Overview Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine, SJTU-ParisTech Elite Institute of Technology
  11. Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019 Archived 2017-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  12. World University Rankings 2018 Archived 2017-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  13. QS World University Rankings 2019 Archived 2017-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  14. Asia University Rankings 2017 Archived 2017-08-17 at the Wayback Machine
  15. QS Asian University Rankings 2019 Archived 2016-06-16 at the Wayback Machine
  16. QS University Rankings 2018
  18. Best Chinese Universities Ranking, Overall Ranking - 2018
  19. Chinese university ranking (CUAA)
  20. "QS University Rankings: BRICS". Quacquarelli Symonds. 2013-12-17. Archived from the original on 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  21. "BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014". Times Higher Education. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  22. "SCImago Institutions Rankings - Higher Education - All Regions and Countries - 2019 - Overall Rank".
  23. Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2007 Archived 2007-08-24 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ADRW2007-Methodology Archived 2008-01-09 at the Wayback Machine
  25. Official Website - Shanghai General Hospital
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