Shanghai Maritime University

Why Study at Shanghai Maritime University, China

Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) is a multi-disciplinary university that encompasses in the areas such as engineering, management, economics, law, liberal arts, and science, with a special emphasis on shipping technology, economics and management. Chinese maritime education originated at Shanghai and grew out of the Shipping Section of Shanghai Industrial College founded in 1909 (towards the end of the Qing Dynasty). SMU was established by the Ministry of Communications in 1959. According to the university layout adjustment in Shanghai, and for better service of construction of Shanghai international shipping center, Lingang new campus inaugurated in 2008.

(1) History 

Shanghai Maritime University was established by the Ministry of Communications in 1959. China's maritime higher education started in Shanghai. Early in 1909 in the late Qing Dynasty, the Shipping Section of the Shanghai Industrial College under the Ministry of Post and Communications was launched, signaling the inception of tertiary maritime education. In 1912 Wosong Merchant Marine School was established; it was renamed Wosong Merchant Marine College in 1928. Then in 1959 the Ministry of Transport farmer Ministry of Communications at created Shanghai Maritime University. Since 2000, SMU has been jointly run by Shanghai Municipality and the Ministry of Transport, with the former as the main administrative organ. Recently, 2008 the Lingang new campus was Inaugurated. 

(2) Discipline and programs

At present, Shanghai Maritime University runs 2 post-doctoral research stations, 19 doctoral programs, 78 master’s degree programs, 45 bachelor’s degree programs, and 10 associate degree programs. SMU presently consists of Merchant Marine College, College of Transport and Communications, School of Economics & Management, College of Logistics Engineering (Sino-Dutch Mechanical and Electronic Engineering College), Law School, College of Information Engineering, College of Foreign Languages, College of Ocean Science and Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences. SMU takes special emphasis on shipping technology, economics and management, Maritime engineering among other several disciplines. The university is one of the best Chinese universities for specialization in maritime, shipping and transport education.

(3) Academic facilities and Scientific research 

Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) boasts 10 provincial and municipal key research institutes and laboratories, 1 state-level key discipline, 5 state-level specialties with special features, 9 ministerial or municipal key disciplines, and 17 Shanghai municipal “educational heights”. SMU owns an aquatic training center, the Yufeng Ship, a 10-thousand-ton container ship for teaching and internship training, and a newly-built 48-thousand-ton Yangtze handymax bulk carrier for teaching and internship training ship, named Yuming ship. In 2007, SMU library removed to Shanghai Lingang New City. Up to now, the Library holds under its roof a collection of more than 5.5 million books, 2,265 kinds of domestic and foreign newspapers and periodicals, 20 Reading rooms and 2800 Reading Seats. The library also has a massive acquisition of digital resources from the library and abroad, amounting to 360 retrieve computers, 48 digital resource platforms, and 156 databases.

(4) Shanghai Maritime University Achievement

In the MOE evaluation of undergraduate education in 2004, SMU was awarded an “A” (Excellent). Then in 2006 the SMU English-language specialty won another “A” in the MOE assessment. The university has won multiple awards for research including national awards for science and technology projects and awards for scientific and technological progress above the municipal and ministerial level in 2013. Over the past decades the university has produced specialists of various types at various levels for the country’s shipping industry. The graduated students are employed in shipping companies, port enterprises and government institutions. Deservedly, SMU has been honored as a “cradle of international shipping specialists”.

(5) Communication and international cooperation

Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) has always attached much importance to exchange and cooperation with overseas academies, institutions and industry companies, and has established close ties with over 70 institutions in aspects of teacher communication, joint school-running, scientific research cooperation, students exchange, etc, and close contacts with international noted shipping organization/institution, (e.g.) International Maritime Organization, The Baltic and International Maritime Council, Classification society in Norway. SMU has opened up “international class”, which attracts students of maritime institutions in USA, Korea, Poland, Russia, German, Ukraine, etc. Approved by the Education Ministry of China in 2011, the Bachelor of Science program in Logistics Management, offered by Shanghai Maritime University in collaboration with Regional Maritime University is open to applicants from Central and West Africa, which is the pioneering overseas program that can be awarded Chinese bachelor's degree among Shanghai universities. Since 2012, SMU is approved to accept the Chinese Government Scholarship students, which will be more conducive to promoting the process of internationalization of SMU.


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