Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Pharmacy is one of the youngest but rapidly growing pharmacy schools in China. The school was founded in 2000, the beginning of the new century and the new millennium. The School was subsequently moved from an old classroom building in Jiao Tong University's Xuhui campus to its new buildings in SJTU's Minhang campus. The School of Pharmacy now has 85 academic, administrative and technical staff members.
Unlike many new pharmacy schools in China which focus only to some areas of studies, SJTU School of Pharmacy has 17 research and teaching laboratories covering the complete spectrum of curriculum and disciplines of pharmacy education and research including medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical microbiology and biochemistry, pharmacognosy, and traditional Chinese medicine. The school also differs from many traditional pharmacy schools in China by having developed systematic research and education programs to investigate and teach in the newly emerging therapeutic areas and next generation medicines. The founders of the school have recognized that to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society, an academic institution must stand at the national and international forefront of its disciplines.
SJTU School of Pharmacy is a research-orientated institution. Its graduate student body, enrolled in Ph.D.M.Sc. and M.Eng. programs, is as twice larger as its undergraduate classes. Both of the undergraduate and graduate courses are given by individual research laboratories each consisting of a professor and two to four junior academic staffs. This combination ensues the teaching materials to be dynamic and well updated.
SJTU School of Pharmacy has not only developed scientific programs but also nurtured an educational and research environment that is liberal and innovation-orientated. The school has now become a leading center and an ideal place for pharmacy education and pharmaceutical research in the nation.