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Message from the Dean

Welcome to the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI), a reputable international education institute. Founded in 2006, the Joint Institute is the result of a strategic global partnership between two top universities in the U.S. and China, i.e., the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The goal of this partnership is to build a world-class institute in China for nurturing future leaders with global visions.

Over a short period of 10 years, the Joint Institute has grown to become a top institute with great academic impact and international reputation. It has won many awards for higher education innovation, including the Model of International Education in Shanghai, the Model of China's Higher Education, and the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award.

The Joint Institute is designed to serve as a base for international higher education. It has an innovative curriculum that blends the unique features of the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. All courses are taught in English by a world-class international faculty team recruited from leading universities in the U.S. and other developed countries. Besides building students’ solid foundation in engineering, we develop their problem-solving capabilities as well as soft skills, such as creativity, teamwork, communication, and leadership. We also provide students with abundant opportunities of studying abroad at our partner universities around the world. Our goal is to prepare students for challenging future careers and for becoming true global leaders in fields of their own choice.

At the Joint Institute, we emphasize Innovation, Internationalization, and Quality throughout our education and research programs as well as our service to students. All faculty and staff conduct their daily work with these three principles in mind, which are the core values and  hallmarks of the Joint Institute.

In the spring of 2016, we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Joint Institute. I hope all JI faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends will join us to celebrate this landmark event. With your continuous contributions and supports, we have accomplished a great deal in the past 10 years and are ready to embark on our second decade with a strong foundation, a clear vision, and a fresh set of goals and objectives. I look forward to working with you for JI's glorious future.


Dean Peisen Huang

UM-SJTU Joint Institute