Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) is a multi-disciplinary university that encompasses such areas 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. Since 2000, SMU has been mainly administered by Shanghai Municipality and has been co-constructed by Shanghai Municipality and the Ministry of Transport.

At present the university runs 2 post-doctoral research stations, 9 doctoral programs, 44 master’s degree programs, 45 bachelor’s degree programs, and 12 associate degree programs. Consisting of 14 colleges, SMU has over 20,000 full-time students, of who over 16,200 are undergraduates and 2,600 are postgraduate students. Of the over 1,000 full-time teachers, 135 are professors and 45 percent hold a doctorate. Over the past decades the university has produced specialists of various types at various levels for the country’s shipping industry. It has graduated over 60,000 students, who are employed in shipping companies, port enterprises and government institutions. Deservedly, SMU has been honored as a “cradle of international shipping specialists”.

Key research institutes and laboratories include: Engineering Research Center of Container Supply Chain Technology, Engineering Research Center of Navigation Simulation Technology, Laboratory of Shipping Technology and Control Engineering, Technology Novelty Research Station, Shanghai International Shipping Research Center, Maritime Law Research Center and Shipping Logistics Information Engineering Technology Research Center. Moreover, SMU boasts 1 state-level key discipline, 5 state-level specialties with special features, 9 ministerial or municipal key disciplines, and 17 Shanghai municipal “educational heights”. The 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 which will be put into use by the end of 2012.


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.

SMU has always attached much importance to exchange and cooperation with overseas academies, institutions and industry companies, and has established close ties with the institutions in such countries or regions as the U.S.A., the Netherlands,the U.K., Japan, Poland, Sweden, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei. SMU is steadily growing in its enrolment of foreign students. Currently, various types of programs in SMU are open to international applicants, including the Chinese language program (non-degree), the university student exchange program (non-degree),the undergraduate degree program,the postgraduate degree program,the PhD program,the summer school program and some joint degree programs with other foreign universities. At present, there are more than 500 international students from 50 countries or regions studying in different programs in SMU.


Master studies:

Vehicle Operation Engineering

Transport Information Engineering and Control

Marine Engineering

Refrigeration and Low-Temperature Technology

Ship and Ocean Engineering

Port, Shore and Offshore Engineering



Vehicle Operation Engineering

Marine Engineering                                                          

Transport Information Engineering and Control


Post PhD. Research

Transport Engineering

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