Shanghai Normal University is a key construction university in Shanghai. It is a comprehensive university with coordinated development of liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and arts with the characteristics of teacher education.
The school was established in 1954 and became an undergraduate institution in 1956. In 1981, it was identified as the first batch of master's degree-granting units by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council. In 1986, it was approved as a doctoral degree-granting unit. In 2017, it was selected as the implementation institution of the Excellent Teacher Training Program of the Ministry of Education. . In 2019, the school became a pilot unit for the construction of high-level local universities (disciplines) in Shanghai.
The school has complete disciplines and fruitful teaching results. There are 11 disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, management, agriculture, and art. There are 19 colleges with more than 20,000 full-time undergraduate students, more than 8,000 graduate students, more than 1,100 international students, and more than 6,000 adult and junior college students. The school currently has 89 undergraduate majors; 9 first-level discipline doctoral degree programs, 33 first-level discipline master degree programs, and 9 post-doctoral mobile stations. The school currently has 1 national key discipline; 11 Shanghai key disciplines; 11 disciplines entered Shanghai's peak plateau disciplines; 4 special professional construction sites for higher education institutions of the Ministry of Education; 1 pilot program for comprehensive reform of undergraduate majors by the Ministry of Education and Shanghai ; 3 reform projects of the Ministry of Education's outstanding teacher training plan; 1 national new engineering research and practice project; 8 Shanghai applied undergraduate pilot professional construction projects for colleges and universities; 18 Shanghai undergraduate education highland construction projects. Five disciplines enter the top 1% of ESI disciplines.
The school has several strong laboratories and scientific research bases. There is 1 national humanities basic discipline talent training and scientific research base; 1 national key talent training base; 1 national field science observation and research station; 1 key humanities and social science research base of the Ministry of Education; 1 international education research base of the Ministry of Education Cultivation base; 1 regional and national research and cultivation base of the Ministry of Education; 1 inheritance base of the first batch of Chinese excellent traditional culture of the Ministry of Education; 1 key laboratory of the Ministry of Education; 1 joint laboratory of the Ministry of Education for international cooperation; 1 education Ministry innovation team; 1 national and regional research center filed by the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange of the Ministry of Education; 1 Shanghai key think tank; 1 Shanghai University think tank; 3 Shanghai key laboratories; 1 Shanghai international joint experiment 2 Shanghai University Key Laboratory; 2 Shanghai Engineering Technology Research Center; 1 Shanghai Collaborative Innovation Center; 1 Shanghai Field Science Observation and Research Station; 1 Shanghai Social Science Innovation Research Base; 12 Shanghai The city's humanities and social sciences research and decision-making consulting base; 4 Shanghai universities E-Institutes; 1 Shanghai excellent news communication talent training base. In 2017, the “Teacher Education Center”, a second-class UNESCO institution, settled in the school, further enhancing the global influence of school teacher education. The school sponsors or undertakes 25 kinds of academic journals, among which the "College Liberal Arts Academic Abstracts" is one of the three major social science abstracts journals in the country.
The school is strong in scientific research. Since the "13th Five-Year Plan", the school has won a total of 520 national projects, including 22 major bidding projects of the National Social Science Fund, 2 major research projects in philosophy and social sciences of the Ministry of Education, 4 national philosophy and social science achievements library, and 1 key basic research development plan (973) project (sub-project), 23 national key research and development projects (including 20 sub-projects), 2 National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 6 Science Fund Projects for Outstanding Youth, National Natural Science Foundation of China 8 key projects (including 3 cooperation), 3 major research projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (including 2 cooperation); 522 various provincial and ministerial projects, and 73 outstanding achievements awards at the provincial and ministerial level and above.
The school's faculty has a reasonable structure, and there are many outstanding talents. There are 2,980 faculty members and 1,227 professional and technical personnel with associate high and above, including 56 national-level talents and 327 provincial and ministerial-level talents. Also, the school has formed a team of part-time teachers of more than 600 people.
The school has rich resources for running schools. There are two campuses in Xuhui and Fengxian, covering an area of more than 1.53 million square meters. The school building area is more than 680,000 square meters. The two central libraries have a collection of 3.323 million books; there are more than 100 electronic document databases and 8 self-built databases with collection characteristics; the collection of nearly 120,000 ancient books, more than 1,350 rare ancient books, was awarded the "National Key Ancient Books" in 2009 Protection unit". The Shanghai University Porcelain Art Museum built in the school is one of the top ten national cultural museums in Shanghai.
The school attaches great importance to international schooling and has extensive foreign exchanges and cooperation. It is listed as a Chinese government scholarship institution for international students in China and is a preparatory base for foreign students in Shanghai. The school has established exchanges and cooperative relationships with nearly 400 universities and organizations in more than 40 countries and regions on six continents. Cooperating with 7 universities in six countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, and France to organize 10 Sino-foreign cooperative education projects. There are two Confucius Institutes in Fukuyama University in Japan and the University of Botswana in Africa.
Since the establishment of the school, the school has always adhered to the concept of effective education. Under the guidance of the school motto of "Honesty, Knowledge, Seeking Truth, and Dedication", it has inherited and promoted the spirit of "Teaching Eternal", and a large number of famous teachers have emerged. At the same time, the graduates cultivated by the school are active in the front line of basic education. Among them are Shanghai's education heroes, special principals, and special teachers of primary and secondary schools. With their noble teacher ethics and outstanding achievements, they continue to expand and deepen the teacher education of the Normal University. Cultural foundation and spiritual bloodline.