Every ship that goes to Shanghai must pass within full view of the College; any thoughtful student on such a campus is compelled to live in a large world.


The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) is a municipal multidisciplinary key applied research-oriented university with engineering as its core, where engineering, science, economics, management, literature, law, art and other disciplines are well in coordinated development. In 2018, USST became a pilot unit for the construction of “a high-level local institution of higher education” in Shanghai.

  • 11                   Academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences or Chinese Academy of Engineering (adjunct academicians included)

  • 826                    Professors or associate professors of different fields

  • 1158                   full-time teachers with doctoral degree

  • 60                    Undergraduate programs

  • 27                    First-level disciplines authorized to offer master degrees

  • 8                    First-level disciplines authorized to offer doctoral degrees

  • 7                    National-level engineering education practice centers

  • 6                    Pilot majors for the cultivation of outstanding engineers under the sponsor of the Ministry of Education


The history of USST can trace back to the University of Shanghai established in 1906 and the German Medical and Engineering School founded in 1907. In 1906, the Northern and Southern Baptists of the United States established the University of Shanghai on the shore of the Pujiang River. In 1928, when Dr. Liu Zhan’en was appointed as its first Chinese president, the University was fully integrated into China’s national education system. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, relevant departments were transferred and incorporated into various other universities in East China while Shanghai Industry School was established at the former site of the University of Shanghai, which was later renamed as Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Technology in 1959, Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Engineering (1960-1994), and East China University of Technology (1994-1996) respectively. In 1907, Dr. Erlich Paulun, a German doctor, established Die Deutsche Medizinschule für Chinesen or German Medical School in Shanghai, to which an engineering school was added in 1912.
In 1922, the Chinese and French governments jointly established the Institut Technique Franco-Chinois de Shanghai on the original site of the German School of Medicine and Engineering. After the victory of the Anti-Japanese War, the Institut Technique Franco-Chinois de Shanghai was merged with the National Advanced Vocational School of Mechanical Technology, which was relocated from Chongqing to Shanghai, to establish the National Advanced Vocational School of Mechanics (Shortened as National Advanced Mechanics). After the founding of PRC in 1949, the National Advanced Mechanics was reshuffled as Shanghai Advanced Vocational School of Mechanics (Shortened as Shanghai Advanced Mechanics), later renamed as Shanghai Advanced College of Mechanical Technology (1983-1996). In 1996, the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology was inaugurated when East China University of Technology merged with Shanghai Advanced College of Mechanical Technology. In 1998, the management of USST was transferred from the National Ministry of Mechanic Industry to Shanghai Municipality. In 2003, Shanghai Advanced College of Medical Instruments (which was later plotted out to set up Shanghai University of Medical & Health Sciences) and Shanghai Publishing and Printing College were both put under the management of USST.
With a total area of nearly 700, 000 square meters, USST has two campuses, Yangpu Campus and Fuxing Campus. There are 17 schools, colleges and departments with more than 25,700 full-time students (about 16,700 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students). Of its 2,390 faculty & staff members, there are 11 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chinese Academy of Engineering (adjunct academicians included), 78 national-level talents, 155 provincial or ministerial-level talents, 826 teachers with senior titles, and 256 Ph.D. supervisors.
Relying upon, supporting, and guiding the development of industries, USST has become a leading university in the academic fields of equipment manufacture, medical equipment and printing industry. The disciplines such as Power Engineering, Engineering Thermophysics, Optical Engineering, Management Science and Engineering have long been among the nation’s bests, and the university also has a profound industry foundation in the fields of medical instruments, publishing and printing industries. Recently, USST has been making further efforts to prioritize its disciplinary layout. There are 60 undergraduate programs, 8 first-class doctoral programs, 6 post-doctoral programs, 27 first-class master’s degree programs, and 18 professional master’s degree programs. USST has 19 national teaching platforms, 51 provincial or ministerial-level platforms, 7 national scientific research platforms and 34 provincial or ministerial-level  platforms. Its Engineering, Materials Science and Chemistry have long ranked the top 1% of Essential Science Indicators (ESI) in the world.
USST is actively serving the national and local strategic needs by tapping the potentials of its 3 international labs in Future Optics, Intelligent Manufacturing, Medical Instruments and Rehabilitation Engineering as well as its featured platform of System Management as the carriers to build the 5 first-class disciplines of Optical Engineering, System Science, Power Engineering and Thermo-physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering as well as a high-level disciplinary construction in Management Science, continues to support disciplinary development and pushes ahead the high-level university construction.
One of the earliest universities in China to set up international cooperative programs in school-running, USST, which currently has nearly 1,000 international students, has established cooperative relations with more than 172 institutions of higher learning in more than 31 countries and regions, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Japan, Australia and Ireland. It has established two Sino-foreign joint educational institutions, namely,  the Sino-British College and Sino-German College.
Adhering to the strategy of coordinative development, USST has jointly established “Yangtze River Delta Alliance” with Nanjing Tech University, Zhejiang University of Technology, Jiangsu University, and Anhui University of Technology, established the Medical-Engineering Innovation Research Institute and Medical-Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate School with Shanghai Jiaotong University, and has been working together with such industrial leaders as Shanghai Institute of Process Automation & Instrumentation, Shanghai Power Equipment Research Institute Co., Ltd, Shanghai Electrical Apparatus Research Institute (Group) Co., Ltd, Shanghai Electric Cable Research Institute, Shanghai Research Institute of Materials, Shanghai Research Institute of E-toys, Shanghai Industrial Boiler Research Institute Co., Ltd and Central Institute of Shanghai Electric Group Company Ltd. to jointly establish Shanghai Institute for Generic Technology of Machinery Industry and Shanghai Graduate School of Machinery Industry. Besides, USST has carried out comprehensive strategic cooperation with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), HUAWEI, Shanghai Electric and Bright Food Group. Relying on its national science park and nearly 30 intellectual property transfer offices in the Yangtze River Delta, USST is cooperating with Yangpu District to promote intellectual property transfer, industry incubation, and the development of the innovative neighborhood around USST.
At a new starting point, USST will seize the historical opportunities of the national “Double First-Class” construction, implement the objectives and tasks set by the Eighth Party Congress of USST, make reforms and innovations, forge ahead with determination, and strive to build the school into an innovative university leading in industries and technological progress as soon as possible, and then build it into a first-class science and engineering university with remarkable characteristics.

By May of 2020


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