University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

This article is about an existing university in Shanghai. For the former university with a similar name, see Shanghai University of Science and Technology.

Coordinates: 31°17′24″N 121°33′08″E / 31.290124°N 121.552256°E / 31.290124; 121.552256

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
Type Public University
Established 1906
President Hu Shougen
Academic staff
Students 24,600
Undergraduates 17,400
Postgraduates 7,200
Location Shanghai,  People's Republic of China
Nickname 上海理工

University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST; Chinese: 上海理工大學; 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. With more than 110 years' rich history, USST has today become a comprehensive university, which now covers six main disciplines (engineering, science, economics, management, literature and law). USST is one of the three Key Universities "上海市重點大學" (with Shanghai University and Shanghai Normal University) in Shanghai City, which has been receiving a high level of support from Shanghai Municipal Government.[1][2] In July 2016, USST was selected as one of 25 universities which are jointly-sponsored and built by China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence and provincial or municipal government (Shanghai Municipal Government).[3]

USST has been consistently ranked among the top 10 out of 63 universities or Colleges in Shanghai (2016),[4] top 1% nationally (2015) [5] and top 40 universities with core strength in scientific and technological research nationwide (2016).[6] It is particularly strong in the fields of engineering, technology and management science. U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking (2017) ranked USST's materials science 347th in the world, 8th in China.[7] According to China Discipline Ranking (CDR) by the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2012 (the only national university ranking approved by MOE), USST's Optical engineering was ranked 10th,[8] Power engineering and Engineering thermophysics was ranked 13th,[9] Biomedical engineering was ranked 16th,[10] Food Science and Engineering was ranked 25th [11] and management science and Engineering was ranked 28th nationally.[12] In CDR, USST's Humanities and Social Science disciplines were also highly ranked, for instance, Communication Studies were ranked 23th,[13] Public Management was ranked 29th,[14] Foreign Languages and Literatures (including Foreign Linguistics) were ranked 40th,[15] Applied Economics was ranked 45th in the country.[16]

The main campus of USST is located in the Northeast of Downtown Shanghai next to Huangpu River. The University is adjacent to the Fuxing Island and Gongqing Forest Park, surrounded by green trees and red shining walls. Currently, USST has the largest historical buildings of any universities in Shanghai. The University Campus was first built between 1900s to 1940s and is now listed as "Heritage Architecture" by Shanghai Municipal Government. There are 31 single buildings (one on Fuxing Road Campus) included in the list of outstanding historical buildings in Shanghai. 10 buildings on campus were included in cultural relics protection list by Yangpu District Government. The historical buildings are mostly late Romanesque style and simplified Gothic Revival style with masonry structure.



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.[17] The first Chinese professor at the college was Mr. Tong Tsing-En.[18] The first Chinese president was Dr. Herman C. E. Liu from 1928-1938.[19]


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 (滬江大學)(1906–1952)[20] 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 (上海機械學院).[21] In May 1996, East China University of Technology and Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Technology were amalgamated and established as USST. Due to this historical heritage, the English name of the university begins with its predecessor (University of Shanghai) to show the origins of USST. Meanwhile, the university also includes Science and Technology to emphasise its major research strength. The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology today has become a key university in Shanghai.

Academics and Research


USST Main Building

The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) is a multidisciplinary university with emphasis on 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.

Gary Locke, US Ambassador to China visits American Culture Centre, USST

As of 2016, USST has 18 colleges or schools, one teaching faculties; among them, there are 44 research institutes, 26 research centers and 3 research associations.[22] The total number of full-time students is 24,600, including 17,400 undergraduates, 7,200 candidates for master's degrees and Doctor Degree.[23] It has established six disciplines (science, engineering, economics, management, arts and medicine), 19 specialties, 54 bachelor majors, four post-doctoral research station; five Ph. D conferring disciplines, 91 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.


USST has a National Key Discipline, a State Key Laboratory of National Engineering Research Center, and a National University Science Park. It also holds a large number of provincial disciplinary R & D platforms (base). The university has many research centers, such as "Economic Management Experiment Center", "Modern Publishing and Printing Center" and "Energy and Power Engineering Experiment Center" and three National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center. In addition, USST also owns a large number of undergraduate talent training platforms (bases), including state-level university student innovation base, national professional and technical personnel continuing education base and experimental teaching demonstration center in Shanghai.

The University’s three major research disciplines, namely, Power engineering and thermal physics, optical engineering, and management science and engineering have been consistently ranked among the best in China. With demand for engineering education in today’s social and economic development, the university actively cultivate the construction of new cross-disciplinary subjects, for instance the university has further enhanced and developed areas such as the advanced manufacturing and high-end equipment and technology, biomedical engineering, manufacturing and new optoelectronic devices and electrical test control technology, micro-nano frontier materials, energy saving and environmental protection technology.

USST has also implemented strategies to enhance the competitiveness of science and technology, and actively carried out basic research, strengthened applied research. The university has conducted or been involved in a number of national key projects and provincial scientific research projects, such as National High-tech R&D Program of China (863 Program) and National Program on Key Basic Research Project of China (973 Program). In recent years, USST has won 1 Second Prize for State Science and Technology Progress Award, 17 provincial science and technology awards, and 220 major projects have been funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Social Science Foundation of China and the National Major Project of Scientific Instruments. The academics in USST have published 4 papers in "Nature" journals, and gained more than 400 authorized patents.

In 2011, the USST National Science Park was ranked 6th in the nation and was rated as Class A (Excellent). In 2012, National Technology Transfer Demonstration Evaluation also gave USST’s Technology Transfer Center an excellent rating and the center was ranked 7th place in the country.

Main Gate USST
Main Building USST
Campus View
USST Campus


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.


University of Shanghai for Science and Technology has six campuses,[24] including: Jungong Road Campus (Main Campus), Jungong Road South Campus (formerly Shanghai Ocean University campus), Jungong Road No. 1100 (Shenjiang Foundation Institute campus), Nanhui campus (Shanghai Publishing and Printing Higher College, USST), Yingkou Road Campus (Shanghai Medical Instrumentation College, USST) and Fuxing Road campus (The Sino-British College, USST).

School and Colleges

USST now has 18 colleges or schools, one teaching faculties; among them, there are 30 research institutes, 12 research centres and 3 research associations. Major Colleges or Schools include:[25]

Schools and Colleges

International University Colleges

Global Partnerships

USST has established inter-university relationships with over 110 universities in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Germany, America, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Russia and Hong Kong.[26] It has established international exchange programs with many foreign universities including New York Syracuse University (America), Queens College, City University of New York (America), MIT Sloan School of Management (America), Northeastern University (America), University of North Dakota (America), Central Michigan University (America), Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Montreal University (Canada), University of Central Lancashire (Britain), Edith Cowan University (Australia), Hanyang University (South Korea), Chuo University (Japan), National Ilan University (Taiwan), Ming Chuan University (Taiwan), and Griffith College (Ireland).[27]

International Cooperation

USST Sino-British College

Sino-British College USST

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 and Technology (USST), and 9 leading British Universities:

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:

USST Shanghai-Hamburg College

In September 1998, Shanghai-Hamburg College (also known as Sino-German College) was established. This international cooperation has been listed as one of Shanghai-Hamburg Sister Cities cultural exchange programs. The joint educational program is to introduce a German engineer (FH) training mode and make a full use of German teachers and other teaching resources. The purpose is to train talents for the needs of rapid development of Sino-German modern industries, and particularly train personnel for the needs of German Multinational Companies in China. Students graduated from Shanghai-Hamburg College are expected to become internationalized and application-oriented professionals who not only understand German engineering and technology, but are also capable of dealing with cross-cultural communications.

USST Shanghai- Hamburg College now has three undergraduate programs: electrical engineering and automation, machinery manufacturing and automation, and international economics and trade. All the students are enrolled in a professional full-time and four-year bachelor's degree. The first year contains mainly intensive German learning taught by Chinese and German language teachers, and all the students must pass exams for learners of German as a foreign language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF) developed by the German Goethe-Institut and the TestDaF run by TestDaF-Institut. In their subsequent studies, one third of the professional and technical courses will be taught by Professors of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in German and with original German materials. With regard to the internship semester, 10% of the outstanding students will be sent to the world-renowned companies in Germany such as Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Siemens, Philips and so on. Other students will also have the internship opportunities in the German domestic or joint ventures enterprises.[28]

Notable Alumni

Arts and literature

Government and politics

Science and technology

Business and industry



  18. 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.
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