Shanghai University (上海大学 Shànghǎi Dàxué), abbreviated as SHU or Shangda (上大 Shàngdà), is a public research university located in Shanghai, China. Shanghai University is one of the nation's leading research universities. Its three campuses are in Baoshan, Jing'an and Jiading.
Founded in 1922, originally a revolutionary school, the university contributed a group of useful people to the cause of Chinese liberation and development. By consolidating four universities, it became a research-intensive comprehensive university and also the biggest higher learning institution run by Shanghai Municipality in 1994. The university enrolls 23,036 undergraduate and 12,181 postgraduate students, including 3,896 international students.
Shanghai University is amongst the list of Project 211 for top national universities. The university's enterprise scientific research funds stood at CNY¥489.9 million in 2016, ranked 13th in China. In the 2015 QS World University Rankings, it is ranked 411-420 in the world, 75th in Asia and 15th in China. The university was also ranked 51-60 globally and 1st in China in the global young university rankings, according to the 2015 QS Top 50 Under 50.
Shanghai University has 28 schools and 2 independent departments, with 71 undergraduate programs, 221 master programs, 17 engineering master programs, 117 Ph.D. programs, 17 post-doctoral programs and 2 MBA programs.
The Shanghai University academic spectrum is rich in the arts, laws, social science, mechanics, mathematics, physics, chemistry, life science, computer science, material science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering and electronic engineering.
Shanghai University has 72 research institutes and an advanced high tech development park approved by the State Science Commission. Under the strategy of active involvement in China's economic expansion with technology and science research, the university has gained significant domestic and international influence in applied science research and fundamental science research. In recent years, the university ranks advanced in terms of scientific research funds, achievement awards and the number of academic theses.
Shanghai University is closely linked with the local community. The School of Life Science is co-founded with the local research institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and The School of Film and Television Technology are supported by film, television and broadcasting industries. The university also has joint graduate programs in literature, economics, and law with the Shanghai branch of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.