The University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

The University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI) was cofounded by two top universities in the U.S. and China, the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006. Ever since its inception, it has taken student-centered approaches to building a world-class research institute and nurturing future innovative leaders.  It aims to blaze new trails in the reform of China’s higher eduction sector in terms of educational vision, management system, talent training, faculty buildingand cooperation in academic research.

It aspires to be acknowledged nationally and internationally as a leading  engineering institute and to foster interdisciplinary, innovative talents who are continuously challenged at the forefront of the times in response to tomorrow’s major national strategic needs. Significant breakthroughs have been made in frontier topics and interdisciplinary research through international cooperation. All these efforts are underpinned by the highly international and intelligent IT-based management system.  Each year will see 300 students spread across its three undergraduate majors: Mechanical Engineering (ME), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). 

The UM-SJTU Joint Institute has been highly recognized both in China and beyond since its establishment and earned multiple prestigious awards, including the “National Model of Higher Education Reform” by China’s National Leading Group on Educational Reform, and the most well-regarded “IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education”.In 2016, two high-performing undergraduate programs-Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering-were accredited by the international authoritative accreditation institution Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which speaks volumes about the quality of its programe offerings and talent training, and also marks a milestone in its commitments to expanding international cooperation for  competitive edges at home and abroad. 

Guided by the principles of fostering virtue through education, the UM-SJTU Joint Institute  will be on track to deliver quality education and secure a place on the academic world map by making strong local commitment while bringing together China and the West. It stays committed to taking interdisciplinary, innovative, quality-based approaches to  building a world-class international engineering institute where brings together a galaxy of great minds, nurtures legions of talents, cultivates a leading community and rises to global prominence.

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