ShanghaiTech University


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 five 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), the School of Creative Arts (SCA) — and three research institutes — the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS), the iHuman Institute, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences — and General Education Centre.

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 (492 by April 2019) include four Nobel laureates, eight National Academy of Sciences (USA) members, three Royal Society (UK) fellows, thirty-five 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 1433 undergraduate students and 1788 graduate students on campus (by Dec 2018). 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. With more than 70 clubs and societies, ShanghaiTech’s energetic student and faculty body of China is actively involved in shaping ShanghaiTech’s campus culture. ShanghaiTech students and faculty from 21 countries play an important role in ShanghaiTech’s development as a vibrant academic community. Rich and varied forms of activities, including lectures, concerts, Sports Meet, New Year's Eve party, competitions and exhibitions.

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 Shanghai High repetition rate XFEL and Extreme light facility, 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 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for ShanghaiTech University published between 1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

200 46.14

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 90 27.87
Physical Sciences 47 9.03
Life Sciences 95 13.90
1 0.02
4 1.02
1 0.03
3 0.06
1 0.81
2 0.23
1 0.02
5 1.43
1 0.06
4 0.24
1 0.06
3 0.21
1 0.07
6 0.85
1 0.57
5 0.30
3 0.77
19 1.99
1 0.04
1 0.03
2 0.78
3 0.74
2 0.38
2 0.15
3 0.70
10 0.85
1 0.02
3 0.92
2 0.16
3 0.40
Self-capping of nucleoprotein filaments protects Newcastle Disease Virus genome.
Unsupervised discovery of temporal sequences in high-dimensional datasets, with applications to neuroscience.
Induction of human Somatostatin and Parvalbumin neurons by expressing a single transcription factor LIM Homeobox 6.
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.23

Highlight of the month

A central processing hub for itch responses

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© Science Photo Library/Getty

Two neighbouring groups of neurons located at the centre of the brain control seemingly opposing aspects of the vicious itch–scratch cycle, a team co-led by scientists at ShanghaiTech University has shown in mice.

One group of neurons produces the neurotransmitter GABA. These neurons modulate avoidance responses to itch-associated stimuli and the desire to initiate scratching behaviours. The other neurons synthesize the neurotransmitter dopamine and sustain scratching episodes by bringing about good feelings in the brain’s reward centre.

Both sets of neurons are in a part of the midbrain known as the ventral tegmental area.

The findings — revealed through optogenetic studies in mice — demonstrate a central brain circuit for processing the aversive and pleasurable aspects of compulsive scratching. If the circuit is the same in people, it could be targeted with drugs to help treat chronic itch-related diseases.

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  1. Neuron 102, 858−872 (2019). doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2019.03.030

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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 71.22% Domestic
  • 28.78% International

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

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

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