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 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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1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for ShanghaiTech University published between 1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020 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.

Count Share
264 63.53

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 95 24.66
7 1.40
3 0.92
7 1.87
11 4.33
10 4.53
2 0.53
22 3.79
2 0.08
1 0.10
1 0.01
1 0.03
11 3.15
6 0.54
1 0.18
Topological Electronic Structure and Its Temperature Evolution in Antiferromagnetic Topological Insulator MnBi2Te4
1 0.56
2 0.33
7 2.30
Chemistry 130 34.99
Life Sciences 93 16.36
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.99

Highlight of the month

Better painkillers through structural biology



The atomic structures of a pain-relieving receptor in complex with activating drugs could help spur the development of safer painkillers.

Opioid painkillers are highly addictive and prone to abuse, leading to the so-called opioid epidemic in the USA. There is thus a need for safer, less addictive opioid painkillers that target a different receptor.

Using X-ray crystallography, a team co-led by scientists from ShanghaiTech University mapped the structure of the delta-opioid receptor in its active state while bound to one of two different agonist drugs, one a short protein and one a small molecule.

The researchers determined the structural basis for drug recognition, receptor activation and drug selectivity — and how those key factors differ between protein- and chemical-based drugs.

The findings should inform future structure-based design of opioid painkillers with more favourable pharmacological profiles and fewer side effects than existing options.

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  1. Science Advances 5, eaax9115 (2019). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aax9115

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 70.53% Domestic
  • 29.47% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (152 total)

  • ShanghaiTech University, China
  • Domestic institution
  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China (101.59)
  2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China (49.90)
  3. Tsinghua University, China (8.66)
  4. Nankai University (NKU), China (7.33)
  5. Fudan University, China (7.16)
  6. Jilin University (JLU), China (5.89)
  7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China (5.20)
  8. University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China (4.82)
  9. East China Normal University (ECNU), China (4.61)
  10. Peking University (PKU), China (3.90)

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

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