Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Drexel Launch Joint Doctoral Program

During his recent trip to China, Drexel President John A. Fry led a delegation to visit Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) . Lin Zhongqin, SJTU vice president, met with Fry, Dr. Julie Mostov, vice provost for International Programs at Drexel, and other members of  the Drexel delegation. Zhongqin and Fry signed the SJTU-Drexel joint training agreement for a doctoral program in biomedical engineering.

According to the agreement, beginning in 2012 the two universities will recruit doctoral students in the field of neural engineering and biomaterials and tissue engineering. The students will be co-supervised by professors from both universities and spend at least 18 months taking courses and working towards a doctoral dissertation. A credit transfer system will be implemented and scholarships will be provided. This talent training program with Drexel was established after two years of planning and will provide SJTU’s School of Biomedical Engineering and Med-X Research Institute the opportunity to internationalize its talent training program and develop a worldclass biomedical engineering discipline.

On May 25, the Chairman of the SJTU Council Ma Dexiu met with the Drexel delegation and discussed the collaboration between the two universities in biomedical engineering, physics, management and international affairs. They also discussed the potential of building a joint center at SJTU.

SJTU has 31 schools (departments), 63 undergraduate programs, 250 master's degree programs, 203 doctoral programs, 28 post-doctorate programs, and 11 key laboratories and national engineering research centers. Its total enrollment of students amounts to 42,881, of which 1,598 are international students. There are 17,766 undergraduates, and 24,017 master's and Ph.D. candidates.

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