Remarks by President DING XIAODONG
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology is committed to its education in teaching students who have strong minds and international foresights, focuses on the implementation of strategy in reinvigorating our school though human resource, strive for the purpose of having the excellent undergraduate, the first-class courses and be the top 100 best universities in China. And the staff in the school have been working diligently and constantly in improving the academic sciences, industrial influence and social status of USST.
Introduction of USST
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology is an engineering-based municipal key university with multidisciplinary blend of science, management, economics and literature. It has been over one hundred years since its inception. The university originates from University of Shanghai founded in 1906 and German Medical School founded in 1907. With a glorious history of over 100 years and an incessant tradition of outstanding education, USST had cultivated a great number of young patriots with high ideals, academic elites, engineering specialists and social tops, providing the country and society with more than 100,000 professionals. It has enjoyed the reputation of “Whampoa Military Academy in Manufacturing Industry”.
Power Engineering and Engineering Thermal Physics, Optical Engineering, Management Science and Engineering have been taking the lead for long time over the country and the disciplinary superiority and characteristics are recognized throughout the nation. Accompanied by engineering education development and requirements needed for economical and social development, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology actively cultivates emerging interdisciplinary subjects to further enhance and develop cutting-edge fields such as advanced manufacturing and high-end equipment technology, biomedical engineering, optical instrument and electrical test control technology, micro-nano manufacturing and new materials, energy saving and environmental protection technology etc. In 2003, the university seized the opportunity that the Shanghai Publishing and Printing College and the Shanghai Medical Instrumentation College was placed under its administration to actively cultivate and construct related emerging specialty disciplines for the purpose of promoting culture industry and health industry.
The whole school work closely around the working theme, which is determined by the school council: “promote innovation and development, deepen connotational construction”. USST works constantly in strengthening and implementing the strategy of reinvigorating though human resource development for the purpose of constantly promoting the "engineering, innovation and internationalized" personnel training mode. And the goal to make our school an excellent undergraduate, the first-class courses and top 100 best Universities in China is more clearer. The school characters in excellent engineering, innovative entrepreneurship and international education has been further strengthened. USST has gone through a magnificent promotion in both management service and hardware facilities. The comprehensive ability in running school, the prestige in educational industry and reputation in the society are being improved gradually. USST is heading for a new stage of development stably and orderly.
In the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), USST focuses on connotation construction of “Advanced Manufacturing Technology Innovation and the Cultivation of Talent” and attaches more importance to three key disciplinary clusters of “Optical-Electrical Integrity and Precise Manufacturing”, “Power Energy Equipment and Green Manufacturing” and“Manufacturing Value-added Services and Systematic Management”. The university strives to become a national model engineering education university, a Shanghai municipal flagship university of prominent engineering education and lays a solid foundation for developing USST into a first-class university of science and technology.
With the great expansion of international cooperation, USST has established intercollegiate collaboration with more than 100 higher education institutions from over 20 countries and regions, admitted more than 1000 students from 80 countries. USST is ranking among the earliest domestic universities which conducted international cooperation in running schools.
USST strives to steadily promote international accreditation. USST has intensively and systematically introduced excellent overseas talent resources, and its Sino-British College which was collaborated with 9 famous British universities, including Sheffield University, has been widely acclaimed. 3 undergraduates programs and 1 master degree cooperatively-run program have passed the accreditation by German ASIIN. The joint program of Electrical Engineering is awarded the Model Joint Program by Shanghai municipal government.
The influence of Hujiang International Cultural Park has been highlighted. Hujiang International Cultural Park consists of 7 different culture centers such as German, American, UK, France, Japanese, Nordic-Baltic and Australian Culture Centers. More than 150 cross-cultural activities have been held every year, which attracted over 15000 students and teachers to take part in. The International Cultural Park has served as a significant platform to broaden students’ vision and improve their worldwide outlook.