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The Leading Change in the University through by Shanghai University. Zhiming Ye Shanghai University December 3, 2008 Leading University in the 21 st , Centennial Conference of the NUI. CONTENT. Higher education in Ancient China

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the leading change in the university through by shanghai university
The Leading Change in the University through by Shanghai University

Zhiming Ye

Shanghai University

December 3, 2008

Leading University in the 21st,

Centennial Conference of the NUI

  • Higher education in Ancient China
  • Four stages of higher education in New China
  • The Biggest city in China: Shanghai
  • An Example: Shanghai University
higher education in ancient china
Higher education in Ancient China

Yuelu Academy:

  • Yuelu Academy is an ancient and famous academy in China
  • It was established by Zhudong, in 976A.D at the time of Northern Song Dynasty
  • The academy accepted disciplines throughout the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties
  • It was only in 1903 that the academy was transformed from a school of traditional Confucian learning to an institute of higher learning and in 1926 it was officially named Hunan University
four stages of higher education in new china
Four stages of higher education in New China
  • 1949-1966: Setup the new universities, and learn from Soviet’ universities system
  • 1966-1977: Higher education crisis due to great revolution movement of culture
  • 1977-1994: The beginning of reform age for Chinese universities
  • 1994-Today: The masses of higher education, 211 Project, 985 Project, ……
four stages of higher education in new china1
Four stages of higher education in New China

1949-1966: Setup new universities and learn from Soviet’ universities system

  • Set up many Polytechnic and Colleges for industry, trade, vocation and so on
  • Many disciplines were exchanged among of Universities and Colleges
  • Comprehensive university only included the disciplines of Social science, Liberal arts, and Sciences, no engineering, fine arts, ……
  • ……
four stages of higher education in new china2
Four stages of higher education in New China

1966-1977: Higher education crisis due to the great revolution movement of culture

four stages of higher education in new china3
Four stages of higher education in New China

1977-1994: The beginning of reform age for Chinese universities

  • Resume the higher education
  • Renew many disciplines and programs for undergraduate studies
  • Build the post-graduate programs in 1977
  • Establish Degree system in 1980
  • Oversea studentship and scholarship project sstarted in 1980
four stages of higher education in new china4
Four stages of higher education in New China

1994-Today: The masses of higher education,211 Project, 985 Project, …

  • The education fund reaches to 4 % of GDP in 2000
  • 211 Project: Around 100 Universities become to Top lever in China at 21st
  • 985 Project: Nearly 10 Universities become to Top lever in World at 21st
  • Many universities merged together
  • Oversea scholars came back mainland to serve the higher education
  • ……
  • Most developed city in China
  • A biggest metropolis in the east
  • Known as "one forerunner and three centers".
leading change in the university
Leading change in the University

The system of Chinese universities:

  • Universities governed by National Ministry of Education
  • Universities governed by Provincial Government
  • The private universities was found by the later of 1980. Some private companies invested
shanghai university shu
Shanghai University=SHU
  • SHU is the largest public and comprehensive university in the global economic capital in China – Shanghai
  • SHU is heading for a multi-disciplinary university with characteristics of
    • distinct comprehensive superiority
    • striking discipline features
    • flexible and effective management
  • Belong to the second model
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Leading change in the University

The following aspects:

  • To have very clear Mission and Vision
  • To have clear Education Objective for students
  • To have a leader’s group with common value
  • The system and mechanism to ensure the Mission and Vision to carry out
  • To be internationalized, to have some international partnership of universities, to exchange the owner experience
  • ……
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Leading change in the University

The international character:

  • Find some oversea universities with the common value
  • Become the partnership to ensure the value going to future
  • The partner universities of SHU:
    • UTK in USA, Leeds Univ. in UK, UT Group in France, UTS in Australia, Waseda Univ. in Japan, UCC in IRE, ……
shu in old china about 80 years ago
the former Shanghai UniversitySHU in Old China, about 80 years ago …….
  • In the 1920s, the Communist Party and Nationalist Party had cooperated to setup a Shanghai University and the Huang Pu Military School in old history of China.
  • But, this SHU existed for only five years until after the two­parties dissolved their co-operations.

“Peking U Top at North; SHU Top at South”


“Huang Pu Top for Actions; SHU Top for Liberal Arts”


new shu a merge of four universities
the former Shanghai University

Shanghai Institute of Science & Technology

Shanghai University of Technology

Shanghai University of Science & Technology

New SHU– A Merge of Four Universities

Shanghai University --Founded in May 1994

shu s motto
Professor CHIEN Weichang


SHU’s Motto

Constantly strive for Self-perfection; Truth-seeking and Innovation

the president of shu chien weichang
The President of SHU: Chien Weichang
  • Born in 1912 at Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Awarded Ph. D. degree at University of Toronto in 1942
  • Worked with von Karman, at CIT, 1942-1946
  • As a Vice-President to serve Tsinghua University, since 1956
  • Became a Righty in 1958 because of different view about separation of Science and Engineering in Comprehensive University
  • As a President of Shanghai University of Technology since 1982 and of SHU since 1994
  • Since then, he has run the university according his thought, mission, vision, and so on
  • Used to be a Vice-Chairman of The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from 1994 to 2003
the president of shu chien weichang1
The President of SHU: Chien Weichang
  • Different experiences make different quality of university leader
  • Sometimes, Experience is the quality in the philosophy
  • The longer the leader serves, the quicker the University develops, if right person selected
  • According the data, average year of famous universities in USA was over 20 years
  • Prof. Chien serves as President of SHU for 26 years, and makes the time and age records
shu s mission and vision
SHU’s Mission and Vision
  • “Break down Four Barriers (拆除四垛墙)”;
  • “Educate People with all-round development and the spirit of innovation (培养全面发展、具有创新精神的人)”

“Break down Four Barriers (拆除四垛墙)” :

  • Barrier between Teaching and Learning


  • Barrier between Teaching and Research


  • Barrier between Schools, Departments and Disciplines


  • Barrier between Campus and Community


education objective for students
Education objective for students

“The students we develop at the first should be an all-round talent (全面的人), a patriot (爱国者), a dialectical materialist (辩证唯物主义者), a person cultivated with culture and arts, noble ethics (道德高尚) and a beautiful mind (心灵美好), then at the second they are elites with their knowledge in their disciplines and expertise (其次才是一个拥有学科、专业知识的人), future engineers and experts (一个未来的工程师、专门家)”

education objective for students1
Education objective for students

“ We hope the students in university are to master right learning method, working method, and way of thinking, which is also a method of dialectical materialism. The courses and professional they learnt are just the means to equip them with this method. ”


uniqueness of shu academic systems
Uniqueness of SHU Academic Systems
  • “Short Academic Term”

i.e. “Quarters system” (短学期制)

  • “Credit System”


  • “Course Elective System”


The rules and system ensured the mission and vision to carry out longer

shu faculty
SHU Faculty
  • 11 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
  • more than 2,600 full-time faculty members.
programs disciplines labs
68 undergraduate programs

4 national key disciplines

2 national key labs

2 Key Laboratories

3 key research centers

4 key disciplines

131 master programs

1 Global Local MBA programs

18 eng. master programs

35 PhD programs

5 special disciplines

1 Engineering research center

1 special discipline center

11 postdoctoral programs

Programs, Disciplines & Labs 

— One of the key universities in the “Project 211”.

schools colleges departments institutes
Schools, Colleges,Departments, Institutes

A comprehensive public universities with 30 Schools, Colleges, Institutes, and Departments; and 1 MBA Center:

  • Science & Technology, Engineering (11)
  • Arts, Communications, Sports (7)
  • Law, Humanities, Social Sciences (11)
  • Community and Adult Education (2)
science technology engineering
Science & Technology, Engineering
  • School of Computer Science and Engineering
  • School of Communication and Information Engineering
  • Sino-European School of Technology
  • School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • School of Mechatronics Engineering and Automation
  • Advanced Polytechnic College
  • Ba-shi Automobile College
  • College of Sciences
  • Department of Civil Engineering
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Leading change in the University

Sino-European School of Technology

  • Establish since 2004
  • The UT group in France:
    • l’Université de technologie de Compiègne (UTC), l’Université de technologie de Troyes(UTT) et l’Université de technologie de Berfort-Montbéliard(UTBM).
leading change in the university4
Leading change in the University

Sino-European School of Technology

  • Program models:
    • 3+2 (3 Years in SHU + 2 UT): enseignants-chercheurs
    • 3+1.5: diplômes de Master
  • Different culture mixed
arts communication sports
Arts, Communication, Sports
  • School of Film and TV Arts & Technology
  • School of Foreign Languages
  • College of Digital Arts
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Physical Education College
  • Art Research Institute
  • Paris International Institute of Fashion and Arts
law humanities social sciences
Law, Humanities, Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Management
  • School of Real Estate
  • School of Social Sciences
  • College of International Business and Management
  • College of International Exchange
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Zi Qiang College
  • Sydney Institute of Language Commerce
  • Talent Institute
  • MBA Center and Global Management Education Institute
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Leading change in the University

Sydney Institute of Language Commerce

  • Establish in 1994
  • University of Technology, Sydney
    • 4+0 (4 Years in SHU + 0 UTS): Bi-Diploma
    • 2+2 (2 in SHU + 2 in UTS) Diploma of UTS
    • 3+1: Diploma of UTS
  • The good model of Australian Ministry of Education and Sciences
the avcc the council of australia s university presidents
The AVCC: the council of Australia’s university presidents
  • The peak body representing AVCC members’ universities nationally and internationally
  • Established in 1920
    • by Vice-Chancellors of then six Australian universities
  • Membership now 38
    • executive heads of Australia’s 37 public universities and one of its three private universities
  • Funded by annual subscriptions from its members
Central/North Queensland:

Central Queensland University

James Cook University

AVCC members’ universities

Western Australia:

Curtin University of Technology

Edith Cowan University Murdoch University

Notre Dame University

University of Western Australia

Southern Queensland:

Bond University

Griffith University

Queensland University of Technology

University of Queensland

University of Southern


University of the Sunshine Coast

Northern Territory:

Charles Darwin University

South Australia:

Flinders University University of Adelaide University of South Australia

Northern New South Wales:

Southern Cross University University of New England

New South Wales:

Charles Sturt University Macquarie University University of Sydney

University of Newcastle University of New South Wales

University of Technology Sydney

University of Western Sydney

University of Wollongong


Deakin University

La Trobe University

Monash University

RMIT University

Swinburne University of Technology

University of Ballarat University of Melbourne

Victoria University


University of Tasmania

Australian Capital Territory:

Australian National University

University of Canberra


Australian Catholic University

an example avcc international activities with chinese universities in 2004
An Example: AVCC international activities with Chinese Universities in 2004
  • Vice-Chancellor delegation visits & higher education conferences:
      • Peoples’ Republic of China – October
  • CEAIE-AVCC Shadowing Program
      • China – November
      • 15 Chinese Universities President and Vice-President joined
      • I joined 4 universities: UQ, U. of Adelaide, Fingdens Univ., UniSA. for one month
international exchanges and cooperation
International Exchanges and Cooperation
  • SHU has various exchange, including faculty and student exchanges, with foreign universities over the world.
  • Currently, over 2,000 international students are studying on Shanghai University campuses. For example, in SHU Global Local MBA, 33% of full time students come from overseas, including Canada, Columbia, France, Sweden, India, Thailand, Indonesia….
  • Shanghai University has one national university science park, one high-tech development zone, and more than 100 various institutes and research centers.
  • Angel Funds at SHU of STEFG (上海市大学生科技创业基金 ):
    • Funds:
      • RMB1200 from STEFG
      • RMB500 from Shanghai University
      • RMB200 from Hong Kou District Government
      • Managed by Shanghai University’s Hi-Tech Park
    • Accomplishment:
      • Applications: 227
      • Assessed: 136
      • Approved: 39
      • New Venture Registered: 33
      • Angel Funds Approved (Delivered): RMB8.73Million (6.52Million)
      • Registered (Paid-up) Capital for all Approved Companies: RMB32.921Million(29.221Millions)
      • Licensed IP: 21 items
accomplishment by recognition
Accomplishment by Recognition
  • Undergraduate education
    • appraised as EXCELLENT (Oct. 2003) by the Ministry of Education in China (one of the first group of universities).
  • MBA:
    • The Greatest Potential MBA in China (2007) an ranked Top 18 in China (2007)
    • One of the Largest English Delivered MBA Program emphasizing Whole-Person Education in China.
more about shu
More about SHU….
  • Authorized by the Academic Degree Commission under the State Council, SHU is among the first group of universities to confer degrees.
  • The majority of the Ph.D. programs and master's degree programs are applicable to those who are on-the-job and who have received equivalent education, and the Ph.D. programs to visiting scholars both at home and abroad and to advanced refresher students.
  • According to the agreement from the State Education Commission, colleges of all the disciplines can enroll on-the-job candidates with separate exam.
shu positioning long term strategy
SHU Positioning & Long-Term Strategy
  • Shanghai University will become a first class comprehensive research university to serve Shanghai, as a modern international metropolis, China and World.
thank you very much indeed welcome to visit shanghai in the future expect to collaboration with you
Thank you very much indeed! Welcome to visit Shanghai in the FutureExpect to collaboration with you