Message from the Dean
Welcome to the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI), a leading institute of international education. Founded in 2006, the joint institute is the result of a strategic partnership between two top universities in the U.S. and China, 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 highly regarded institute with significant academic impact and an 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. Its curriculum blends the unique features of the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. All courses are taught in English by world-class faculty 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 abundant opportunities to study abroad at our partner universities around the world. Our goal is to prepare students for challenging future careers and to become global leaders in fields of their choice.
At the joint institute, we emphasize Internationalization, Interdisciplinarity, Innovation, and Quality through our education and research programs and through our service to students. Internationalization, Interdisciplinarity, Innovation, and Quality are the core values and hallmarks of the Joint Institute. Faculty and staff conduct their daily work with these principles in mind.
In the spring of 2016, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the joint institute. We are now on the journey of our second decade. I look forward to being with you for a brighter future of the Joint Institute.