In November1997, SJTUSM was formally approved underthe “211 Project” as astate key university for full development inNovember, 1997. InJuly, 2005, Shanghai Jiaotong University mergedto form the newShanghai Jiaotong University, jointly supported byShanghaiMunicipal Government and the Ministry of Education. InNovember,2010, SJTUSM became one of the first ten universitiesjointlysupported by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry ofEducation.The rich historic background of over one hundredyears andheroic journey of more than 50 years have eventuallybrought about aresearch-oriented medical school with all-rounddevelopment inmedical education, clinical services, and scientificresearch, aswell as other social services, a medical school withoutstandingfeatures and distinct advantages, a strong faculty, andremarkableacademic achievements. In the new round of evaluatingdisciplines indegree and graduate programs organized by theMinistry of Educationin 2009, clinical medicine of SJTUSM rankedfirst nationally, andthe comprehensive strength of variousdisciplines belonged to thefirst echelon of the nation’s medicalschools. Education is a matter of fundamental importanceforgenerations to come, and good teachers constitute the baseoffirst-class education. SJTUSM has always attached greatimportanceto the building of an excellent and well-qualifiedfaculty, andattracted talents of various kinds and createdconditions for themto stay on by such flexible arrangements asallowing experts andscholars to hold positions both in SJTUSM andother institutions,work in SJTUSM for a specified period of a year,lead or conductSJTUSM research projects through “remote control”,pursue targetsof their own choice while maintaining a close tiewith SJTUSM, etc.In recent years, SJTUSM has continuously pushedforward thestrategy of enhancing the strength of the school throughthebuilding of a strong faculty, focused on the national strategyofattracting genuine talents and improving academicenvironment,intensified the introduction of outstanding domesticand overseastalents, and made further efforts to gather outstandingtalents atdifferent levels. At present, SJTUSM boasts a facultycomposed ofacademicians, experts listed in “the Training Program ofA ThousandProspective Leaders” established by the CentralOrganizationDepartment, chief scientists heading national-level“973 Projects”,forum professors under “Changjiang Scholar Program”sponsored bythe Ministry of Education, and winners of grants fromthe NationalOutstanding Youth Foundation.
In the 60 years sinceits foundation, SJTUSM has greatlyexpanded its scale, from the 2undergraduate programs and 33-yearvocational programs in its earlydays to the current 8-year programof clinical medicine, 7-yearprogram of oral medicine, and 6undergraduate programs. At the sametime, by following the basicprinciple of putting students at thecore of all our work, andconstantly revising the teaching conceptsand creating new teachingmodels, the quality of teaching has alsoimproved greatly,producing fruitful achievements. Over the years,in the practice ofmedical education, SJTUSM has formed itstradition and stylecharacterized by emphasizing the closecombination of basicknowledge and clinical practice so as toachieve the goal ofcultivating students with all-round developmentand creativeability. SJTUSM has under its administration 7affiliated generalhospitals, 5 affiliated special hospitals, and 16teaching centersfor clinical practice, with the total number orofficially approvedbeds reaching 12,704, constituting one of therichest resources forclinical training among all medical schools inthe country.
SJTUSM offers anexcellent environment for academicdevelopment and enjoyssuperiority in many disciplines and areas.Currently SJTUSM has 14state key disciplines, 3 state keylaboratories under the Ministryof Public Health, 3 WHO cooperativecenters, and a number of keydisciplines under the “211 Project”.SJTUSM has produced remarkableresults in scientific research andhas all along been a leader inthe number of research programsreceived, the amount of fundinggranted, and the number of keyprojects undertaken among medicalschools at home. In the period ofthe 11th Five-Year Plan alone.SJTUSM received 17 national awards,including State Second-classAwards of Natural Science, StateSecond-class Awards for Science andTechnology Advancement, andState Second-class Awards forTechnological Inventions. As thegreatest honor for SJTUSM,Academician Wang Zhen-yi won the HighestNational Science andTechnology Award for the year 2010.
SJTUSM has beenactive in carrying out internationalacademic exchange. In recentyears, guided by the strategy ofbuilding an internationalizedschool, SJTUSM has accelerated thepace of actively broadeningexchange scope and expandingcooperative fields, showing evergreater influence internationally.
SJTUSM has a beautifulcampus full of vigor and vitality,with the newly-constructedteaching center and research building aswell as the elegantFrench-style buildings of the former AuroraUniversity interspersingthe luxuriant surroundings. A new65.6-acre campus in MinhangDistrict is also under planning.
Following the finetradition of exploring medical sciencesto the limits throughdiligence and dedication, SJTUSM will, asalways, exert its utmostfor the development of the nation’smedicaleducation.