University description (as per official university website)
An imperial edict issued in 1896 by Emperor Guangxu, established Nanyang Public School in Shanghai. The normal school, school of foreign studies, middle school and a high school were established. Sheng Xuanhuai, the person responsible for proposing the idea to the emperor, became the first president and is regarded as the founder of the university.
During the 1930s, the university gained a reputation of nurturing top engineers. After the foundation of People's Republic, some faculties were transferred to other universities. A significant amount of its faculty were sent in 1956, by the national government, to Xi'an to help build up Xi'an Jiao Tong University in western China. Afterwards, the school was officially renamed Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Since the reform and opening up policy in China, SJTU has taken the lead in management reform of institutions for higher education, regaining its vigor and vitality with an unprecedented momentum of growth. SJTU includes six beautiful campuses, Xuhui, Minhang, Qibao, Shangzhong, Fahua and Luwan cover more than 200 hectares. A number of disciplines have been advancing towards the top echelon internationally, and a batch of burgeoning branches of learning have taken an important position domestically.
Today SJTU has 26 academic schools and directly subordinate departments, 63 undergraduate programs, 232 masters-degree programs, 147 Ph.D. programs, 26 post-doctorate programs, and 10 state key laboratories and national engineering research centers.
SJTU boasts a large number of famous scientists and professors, including 34 academics of the Academy of Sciences and Academy of Engineering, 88 accredited professors and chair professors of the "Cheung Kong Scholars Program" and more than 1,900 professors and associate professors.
Its total enrollment of students amounts to 53,900, of which 5,500 are overseas students. There are 20,300 undergraduates, and 28,100 masters and Ph.D. candidates. After more than a century of operation, Jiao Tong University has inherited the old tradition of "high starting points, solid foundation, strict requirements and extensive practice." Students from SJTU have won top prizes in various competitions, including ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, International Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Electronics Design Contests. Famous alumni include Jiang Zemin, Lu Dingyi, Ding Guangen, Wang Daohan, Qian Xuesen, Wu Wenjun, Zou Taofen, Mao Yisheng, Cai Er, Huang Yanpei, Shao Lizi, Wang An and many more. More than 200 of the academics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering are alumni of Jiao Tong University.
Situated in Shanghai, the frontier China's opening up, SJTU has been actively involved in international academic exchange programs with foreign universities. It has established relations with more than 100 renowned universities and colleges around the world as well as connections with many research institutions, corporations and enterprises. SJTU has also engaged hundreds of famous scientists and specialists as honorable or adjunct professors. In the new century, SJTU has formulated a grand blueprint for development and is determined to make continuing efforts to build itself into one of the first-class universities of the world.