Global Summer/Winter School
S021 Discover China


Session A


Title: S021 Discover China

Duration: 2020.7.9-2020.7.24 (2 weeks) 

Campus: Xuhui


Course Description

This course provides you with an overview of key social, cultural, political, and economic areas for understanding the changes and challenges of contemporary China, and it will be taught from a multi-disciplinary perspective.  We will arrange visits to the Shanghai Urban Forest Research Station to demonstrate the metropolis’ ecological balance strategy, and SJTU’s advanced laboratories to exchange opinions with professors about the most promising technologies in the future. This program provides students with the critical and essential tools to understand how to do business in China through a combination of subject-specific modules, company visits, and cultural activities. Students who attend this program do not only take part in an unforgettable experience but also gain skills that will equip them for global success.





Associate Prof. Zhaoyang ZHANG  


Zhaoyang Zhang acquired his Ph.D. in history from University of California at Berkeley, and is an associate professor in the Department of History. He has published several important articles in leading academic journals and taught various history courses in English.


Associate Prof.Chongsheng PENG

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Dr. Chongsheng Peng, associate professor at the school of pharmacy at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), is an expert in both the SJTU general education courses and storehouses of the China Association of Pharmaceutical Education (CAPE). He received his Ph.D. at the West China University in medical science and a bachelor’s degree from the Anhui University of Chinese Medicine. He was a visiting scholar (2005-2006) at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB) in University of Queensland. Additionally, his course “Traditional Chinese Medicine & Chinese Culture” has been regarded as a key course for general education in Shanghai since April 2015 and at SJTU since 2012. The course is also available globally on four MOOC platforms including Coursera, China MOOC (CNMOOC), Zhihuishu and Ewant. The English version of this course was successfully developed to be the first international course with blended learning for the universities at 21 summer schools in 2016 and has attracted more than 130 students online and 65 students participating in offline hands-on practices from 18 universities in 9 countries.


Associate Prof.Shan YIN

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Dr. Shan Yin is an associate professor at the school of agriculture and biology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2012. He got his MD and PhD in environmental engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and used to work at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California Berkeley as a joint PhD researcher. He is the vice director of Shanghai Urban Forest Research Station and the State Forestry Administration. His work focuses on long-term monitoring of urban forests, air pollutants and climate change.



Attendance: 50%

Assignment: 30%

Final presentation: 20%



Program Coordinator: Ziyi JIA (   

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