ShanghaiTech University China


Tackling China’s Challenges through Science and Technology

ShanghaiTech is a young resource-rich university with a modern residential campus in the heart of Shanghai Pudong’s Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park. With an academic focus on STEM research, ShanghaiTech is committed to serving China’s national challenges in economic and social development with the focus on science and technology, and nurturing the next generation of innovative scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.

With the backing and support of Shanghai Municipal Government and Chinese Academy of Sciences, ShanghaiTech’s six schools and five research institutes are committed to tackling the challenges that China and the world are facing in the fields of energy, materials, biology, environment, human health, information technology and mathematics.

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 five research institutes — the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS), the iHuman Institute, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Humanities, Institute of Carbon Neutrality — and one Research Hospital (also called as Shanghai Clinical Research and Trial Center) and one center for Transformative Science.

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, nearly 20% are foreign nationals and more than 90% of the faculty earned their PhD abroad, including four Nobel laureates, ten National Academy of Sciences (USA) members, seven fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Science s, two Royal Society (UK) fellows, thirty-seven CAS members and five 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).

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 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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Date range: 1 May 2021 - 30 April 2022

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for ShanghaiTech University published between 1 May 2021 - 30 April 2022 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share 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.

Article Count and Share for ShanghaiTech University
Count Share
315 85.55

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
113 22.53
148 46.27
136 34.84
2 0.31

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
10.09 23.40 36.63 52.99 70.26

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Highlight of the month

The neurons responsible for delayed gratification

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The neurons that enable mice to opt for a better, delayed reward over an immediate one have been identified for the first time.

Life often rewards those who resist instant gratification and hold out for something better further down the track. This ability to choose a future benefit over an instant one has been extensively studied in psychological and brain-monitoring experiments on humans and in rodent studies. But the neural basis for delayed gratification was unknown until now.

Now, a team led by researchers from ShanghaiTech University in China has discovered that neurons that release the neurotransmitter dopamine in the ventral tegmental area of the midbrain become increasingly active while mice waited for a water reward.

By activating or silencing these neurons, the team was able to lengthen or shorten the time the mice waited for a reward.

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  1. Science Advances 7, eabg6611 (2022). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abg6611

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Date range: 1 May 2021 - 30 April 2022

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 76.76% Domestic
  • 23.24% International

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Top 10 domestic collaborators with ShanghaiTech University by Share (190 total)

  1. ShanghaiTech University and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (108.34)
    ShanghaiTech University41.69
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)66.66
  2. ShanghaiTech University and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) (56.37)
    ShanghaiTech University33.14
    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)23.24
  3. ShanghaiTech University and Fudan University (17.30)
    ShanghaiTech University5.60
    Fudan University11.69
  4. ShanghaiTech University and Nanjing University (NJU) (13.46)
    ShanghaiTech University6.08
    Nanjing University (NJU)7.38
  5. ShanghaiTech University and University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) (13.34)
    ShanghaiTech University7.65
    University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)5.69
  6. ShanghaiTech University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) (12.70)
    ShanghaiTech University6.30
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)6.40
  7. ShanghaiTech University and Tsinghua University (10.46)
    ShanghaiTech University5.99
    Tsinghua University4.47
  8. ShanghaiTech University and Zhejiang University (ZJU) (9.91)
    ShanghaiTech University5.84
    Zhejiang University (ZJU)4.07
  9. ShanghaiTech University and Nankai University (NKU) (5.72)
    ShanghaiTech University3.20
    Nankai University (NKU)2.51
  10. ShanghaiTech University and East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) (4.84)
    ShanghaiTech University3.71
    East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)1.13

Top 10 international collaborators with ShanghaiTech University by Share (527 total)

  1. ShanghaiTech University and University of Oxford (5.85)
    ShanghaiTech University5.13
    University of Oxford0.72
  2. ShanghaiTech University and Max Planck Society (4.28)
    ShanghaiTech University3.55
    Max Planck Society0.73
  3. ShanghaiTech University and University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) (3.24)
    ShanghaiTech University1.34
    University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)1.90
  4. ShanghaiTech University and University of Toronto (U of T) (2.93)
    ShanghaiTech University1.09
    University of Toronto (U of T)1.84
  5. ShanghaiTech University and Scripps Research (2.66)
    ShanghaiTech University2.07
    Scripps Research0.59
  6. ShanghaiTech University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) (2.46)
    ShanghaiTech University1.22
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)1.24
  7. ShanghaiTech University and Stanford University (2.27)
    ShanghaiTech University1.44
    Stanford University0.83
  8. ShanghaiTech University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2.05)
    ShanghaiTech University0.90
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)1.14
  9. ShanghaiTech University and The University of Queensland (UQ) (1.78)
    ShanghaiTech University1.51
    The University of Queensland (UQ)0.27
  10. ShanghaiTech University and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (1.47)
    ShanghaiTech University0.53
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)0.95