ShanghaiTech University
上海科技大学

China

Tackling China’s Challenges through Science and Technology

A newly established university, ShanghaiTech University offers a stimulating environment for pursuing studies and impactful research

Officially opened on September 30th 2013, ShanghaiTech University is a research university jointly established by the Shanghai Municipal Government and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Addressing pressing challenges

ShanghaiTech is dedicated to be a research university of academic excellence and a dynamic people centered hub where innovative research, education, and community service meet to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and to solving global challenges.

Located in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, ShanghaiTech is close to various industries and venture companies. It is also near several large science facilities, including the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the National Facility of Protein Science in Shanghai, the National Drug Screening Platform and the Shanghai Center for Microsatellites. Over 700,000 square meters in area, its campus was designed to be faculty and student oriented and to facilitate interaction and integration.

Focusing on science and technology, ShanghaiTech University consists of four schools — the School of Physical Science and Technology (SPST), the School of Information Science and Technology (SIST), the School of Life Science and Technology (SLST), the School of Entrepreneurship and Management (SEM) — and two research institutes — the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS) and the iHuman Institute. The fifth School, School of Creative Arts, is under planning.

Investing in people

The university is forming a top-tier faculty of 1,000 professors, including 500 tenured or tenure-track faculty (recruited globally) and 500 distinguished professors-in-residence from CAS or other prestigious universities or institutes. The current faculty (405 by April 2017) include three Nobel laureates, six National Academy of Sciences (USA) members, two Royal Society (UK) fellows, twenty-six CAS members and three Chinese Academy of Engineering members.

ShanghaiTech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It will eventually have 2,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students (including 3,000 PhD candidates). The first cohort of 296 graduate students was admitted in September 2013, followed by first cohort of 207 undergraduate students from 9 provinces in China in 2014. Currently there are 849 undergraduate students and 1272 graduate students on campus (by April 2017).

ShanghaiTech aims to nurture future leading scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. At ShanghaiTech, residential colleges work closely with schools to foster students’ moral integrity, academic capabilities and innovative spirit. Students are encouraged to investigate the challenges China faces, to explore cutting-edge research areas and high-tech industries, and to implement their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Advancing research through collaboration

By encouraging an interdisciplinary approach and the integration of university and national research facilities, the university aims to form a complete innovation value chain, which will drive industrial development through the advancement of science.

Of the first four large-scale science facilities initiated by the Zhangjiang Comprehensive National Science Center, ShanghaiTech is playing a very important role in the Free Electron Laser Facility, the Live Cell Imagining Facility and the Ultra-Intense and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Facility.

ShanghaiTech is actively engaged in the globalization of education. It has extensive collaborations with University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, MIT, Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of Padova. To break down barriers between research and industry, ShanghaiTech collaborates closely with domestic and international high-tech companies in joint research and development and student training.

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1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for ShanghaiTech University published between 1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

AC FC WFC
104 19.98 19.98

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 52 13.15 13.15
Life Sciences 38 4.75 4.75
Physical Sciences 30 4.80 4.80

Highlight of the month

Opening a gap for diabetes treatment

© ballyscanlon/DigitalVision/Getty

© ballyscanlon/DigitalVision/Getty

A clearer understanding of the structure of a receptor involved in the breakdown of glucose could lead to the development of new drugs for type II diabetes.

After eating, the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) combines with the receptor GLP-1R on pancreatic cells, leading to insulin secretion and a reduction in blood glucose. A better understanding of the receptor’s structure could instruct the design of drugs that target specific areas to enhance its effectiveness in promoting insulin secretion.

Researchers at China’s Shanghai Tech University and colleagues crystallized GLP-1R and examined its structure using X-rays. They also induced mutations in the receptor to see how silencing specific genes affected the receptor’s function. They found that certain compounds combine with GLP-1R, locking out a protein, called G-protein, from ‘switching on’ the receptor. Another type of compound, on the other hand, combines with GLP-1R in a way that not only allows the G-protein to interact with the receptor, but opens up a gap for GLP-1 and its analogues to bind to it. This clearer understanding of GLP-1R’s structure and function could help model the development of new diabetes drugs.

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  1. Nature 546, 312–315 (2017). doi: 10.1038/nature22378

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1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 64.69% Domestic
  • 35.31% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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