ShanghaiTech University 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 comprises six 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 Biochemical Engineering(BME), the School of Entrepreneurship and Management (SEM), and the School of Creativity and Art (SCA) — and four research institutes — the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS), the iHuman Institute, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Institute of Humanities.

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. ShanghaiTech’s innovative university-wide tenure-track system attracts talented faculty with a wealth of experience from around the world. 17% are foreign nationals and almost 80% of the faculty earned their PhD abroad. 240 are tenured or tenure-track (and 28 more have accepted offers), while another 287 are adjunct professors. The current faculty (535 by Nov 2020) include five Nobel laureates, eleven National Academy of Sciences (USA) members, three Royal Society (UK) fellows, thirty-three 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). Currently there are 1632 undergraduate students and 2798 graduate students (including 886 PhD candidates) on campus (by Nov 2020).

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.

ShanghaiTech is an interdisciplinary research-focused institution with 268 research groups. In 2019 professors and students published 4541 research papers released in Nature, Cell, Science and other academic journals and conferences. To date, 337 patents and 74 PCT applications have been applied for.

69 student clubs engage students in science, art, culture, sports and community service. Several clubs have earned regional and international awards and honors, including Geek Pie, which won more than ten awards in 2018, including gold medal in KONE Hackpic Game and silver in the ASC World Supercomputer Contest. The women’s varsity basketball team won second place in 3-on-3 match at the 16th Shanghai Games.

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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Date range: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for ShanghaiTech University published between 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share 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.

Article Count and Share for ShanghaiTech University
Count Share
286 73.24

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
108 19.24
146 47.24
100 25.90

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
10.09 23.40 36.63 52.99 70.26

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Highlight of the month

A ‘metamodel’ for complex biological systems

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A more precise and complete understanding of cell structure and function could result from a new way of combining different types of biological models into a single mathematical framework.

Most cell-modelling approaches focus on specific biological processes. Hence, each model can capture just a small part of the complex inner workings of the cell.

Now, researchers from ShanghaiTech University and elsewhere have developed a system for integrating these different types of models. They produced a ‘metamodel’ that can create a more accurate and comprehensive cellular map by assembling and harmonizing disparate input models.

To demonstrate the power of this approach, the researchers built a metamodel of how beta cells in the pancreas secrete insulin in response to sugar cues — a process that goes awry in people with diabetes.

The method could offer new insights into biological mechanisms to inform drug-discovery efforts.

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  1. PNAS 118, e2104559118 (2021). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2104559118

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Date range: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 73.42% Domestic
  • 26.58% International

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Top 10 domestic collaborators with ShanghaiTech University by Share (172 total)

  1. ShanghaiTech University and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (101.05)
    ShanghaiTech University36.89
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)64.16
  2. ShanghaiTech University and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) (51.88)
    ShanghaiTech University31.01
    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)20.87
  3. ShanghaiTech University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) (13.02)
    ShanghaiTech University5.55
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)7.48
  4. ShanghaiTech University and Tsinghua University (9.82)
    ShanghaiTech University4.61
    Tsinghua University5.21
  5. ShanghaiTech University and Fudan University (9.44)
    ShanghaiTech University3.53
    Fudan University5.91
  6. ShanghaiTech University and University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) (8.78)
    ShanghaiTech University4.58
    University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)4.20
  7. ShanghaiTech University and Nanjing University (NJU) (7.35)
    ShanghaiTech University3.08
    Nanjing University (NJU)4.27
  8. ShanghaiTech University and Zhejiang University (ZJU) (5.25)
    ShanghaiTech University1.61
    Zhejiang University (ZJU)3.64
  9. ShanghaiTech University and Nankai University (NKU) (4.83)
    ShanghaiTech University2.38
    Nankai University (NKU)2.45
  10. ShanghaiTech University and East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) (3.90)
    ShanghaiTech University2.73
    East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)1.17

Top 10 international collaborators with ShanghaiTech University by Share (262 total)

  1. ShanghaiTech University and University of Oxford (4.75)
    ShanghaiTech University3.39
    University of Oxford1.36
  2. ShanghaiTech University and Max Planck Society (3.34)
    ShanghaiTech University2.25
    Max Planck Society1.08
  3. ShanghaiTech University and University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) (3.33)
    ShanghaiTech University1.50
    University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)1.83
  4. ShanghaiTech University and Scripps Research (2.92)
    ShanghaiTech University2.06
    Scripps Research0.86
  5. ShanghaiTech University and University of Toronto (U of T) (2.78)
    ShanghaiTech University1.04
    University of Toronto (U of T)1.74
  6. ShanghaiTech University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) (2.61)
    ShanghaiTech University1.30
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)1.31
  7. ShanghaiTech University and Stanford University (2.37)
    ShanghaiTech University1.22
    Stanford University1.15
  8. ShanghaiTech University and Diamond Light Source Ltd. (1.94)
    ShanghaiTech University0.85
    Diamond Light Source Ltd.1.09
  9. ShanghaiTech University and Inha University (1.93)
    ShanghaiTech University1.29
    Inha University0.64
  10. ShanghaiTech University and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) (1.92)
    ShanghaiTech University1.07
    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)0.85