The Office of Academic Affairs  

Our core value

Our shared values and commitments include:


lEqual attention to inheritance and innovation

lFusion of multidisciplinary knowledge

lPersonal development

Our academic priorities

Three goals are fundamental to our future success:

lIntegrated research and teaching

lDefining features


Our philosophy

We pursue ‘excellence rather than size, distinctiveness rather than inclusiveness and use rather than fame’.

Our vision

The SHUTCM aims to be a preeminent university with sharp characteristics of Chinese medicine, with the goal of becoming an exemplary TCM university in discipline advancement, social service and core competitiveness.

Our objective for students

Empowered by the education at SHUTCM, our students will be equipped with solid TCM theory and practice, profound TCM culture and modern medical knowledge coupled with innovative thinking.

Our faculty, disciplines and majors

The SHUTCM has 15 doctorate degree programs in three first-degree disciplines, namely Chinese Medicine, Chinese Materia Medica and Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, 23 Master’s degree programs, 3 postdoctoral research areas and 12 undergraduate disciplines.

Table 1 Catalog for 2012-2013 Undergraduate Programs

Chinese Medicine (7 years)

Chinese Medicine (oriented at acupuncture & tuina) (7 years)

Chinese Medicine (5 years)

Acupuncture & Tuina

Chinese Materia Medica

Clinical Integrative Chinese & Western Medicine

Rehabilitation medicine

Pharmacy (China-UK joint-degree program)


Food hygiene and nutrition

Public Affairs Management

Chinese language

Our honors and achievements

lCultural Quality Education Base for College Students across China

lNational Base for Basic Science Research and Teaching Personnel Training

lMartial Arts Training Base for College Students across China

lAll-China KAB Entrepreneurship Education Base

lNational Teaching Achievements (6)

lShanghai Teaching Achievements (22)

lShanghai Education and Research Achievements (6)

lNational Top-Quality Courses (7)

lResource Sharing Top-Quality National Courses (7)

lNational Top-Quality Video Courses (4)

lNational Exemplary Experimental Teaching Center (3)

lNational Teaching Team (2)

lNational Famous Teacher (1)

lShanghai Exemplary Courses taught in English (5)

lShanghai Top-Quality Courses (25)

The student number

Among 7,309 full-time students, there are

lDoctorate students: 483

lMaster’s degree students: 1,736

lUndergraduates: 3,706

lAssociate degree students: 458

lInternational students: 926

Of the above full-time students, 123 are from Chinese Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In addition, we also have 3,400 students for adult education. Approximately 1,000 students from more than 30 countries or regions including Japan, Korea, Russia, the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy come for the short-term programs on a yearly basis.

The reform of credit system

In 1994, the SHUTCM initiated the complete credit system. This system classifies all courses into three categories: compulsory, optional and limited optional. The ratio of compulsory courses versus optional courses is 6.5:3.5. In addition, we’ve constructed six modules for general education courses (25% of total credits), namely Cultural Inheritance and Development, Humanity and Society, Nature and Science, Life and Shared Value, Foreign Language and Intercultural Communication and Ideology and Politics.

Education on innovation and career development

Our innovative education system comprises of a science shop, two student’s contest and two training plans. More than 50% of undergraduates have had the experience of extracurricular research and outward development.

Overseas visit of undergraduates

Students are encouraged to visit and study at overseas universities to broaden their experience and knowledge. Our collaboration partners include Saint Martin's University (USA), the University of Pittsburg, the University of East Finland, London Metropolitan University (UK), Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare (Japan), the University of Hong Kong and China Medical University (Taiwan). Thanks to the mutual recognition of course credits, more and more students benefit from international visits and studies. Until May 2014, more than 500 undergraduates had experience of visiting or studying at our partner universities.

Survey of student’s engagement in learning

In May 2013, the SHUTCM was invited by the Tsinghua University Institute of Education to participate in the research of Follow-up Study for College Students’ Learning and Development in China. As a result, our students were asked to fill in the questionnaire of the National Survey of University Students’ Engagement in Learning on the online data acquisition platform. With a total of 2,169 students in the survey, the effective rate reached 97.7%. Findings of this survey have shown that SHUTCM students obtained good results in three scales including their level of academic challenge (LAC), student-faculty interaction (SFI), active & collaboration learning (ACL). Among these scales, the SFI score approximated the result of project 985 universities, and the EEE and SCE scores approximated the results of project 211 universities. This indicates that we have reasonable and high-quality teaching objective, process and environment for undergraduate education.

In addition, regarding students’ self-reported learning gains, approximately 58.1% of undergraduates reported the education quality ‘very good’ or ‘good’. With regard to students’ self-experience, 59% of them reported ‘very good’ or ‘good’. Apparently, students have a strong sense of belonging and identity.

Table Five scales in SHUTCM versus other institutions


Project 211 Universities

Project 985 Universities

DRU University, USA

Level of Academic Challenge (LAC)





Active & collaborative learning (ACL)





Student-faculty interaction (SFI)





Enriching educational experiences (EEE)





Supportive campuses environment (SCE)