School & Colleges

The Sino-British College (SBC) is an international university college, jointly established by the University of Shanghai for Science & Technology (USST), and 9 leading British Universities: The University of Bradford, The University of Huddersfield, The University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, The University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University.


SBC became a fully licensed university college on September 1st, 2006. It is the only Shanghai-based higher education institution to be awarded a license by the Chinese Ministry of Education to offer full degree programmes taught entirely in English to multiple overseas universities (the so-called "1 to N Consortium Model"), either taught entirely at the Shanghai campus, or with a period of study abroad. Graduates are awarded degrees from one of the partner British institutions.  


SBC is based in a beautiful historic campus in the heart of the city of Shanghai. Currently, it has about 2,000 full-time undergraduate students and over 130 international students from 34 countries. Degree programmes are taught entirely in the English language across the whole spectrum of Business and Engineering by a highly qualified academic team comprising over 80 international staff from 18 different countries plus over 100 bilingual administrative staff many of whom have studied for international degrees.


In July 2012, SBC hosted two graduation ceremonies for students graduating from the University of Huddersfield (Events Management) and from Liverpool John Moores University (Engineering). As the second cohort of SBC/USST students completing full UK bachelor's degrees entirely in English in Shanghai, the 2012 graduates have been recognised as having achieved great success both in terms of outstanding academic performance, social responsibility through their charity work and high employability with over 97% already employed or in Graduate programmes at excellent universities in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia etc.


Led by Principal Professor Ian Gow OBE, the SBC team is committed to offering international degree education at the very highest level with continuing support from partner universities in both China and the UK.


Facts at-a-Glance

The Sino-British College (SBC) was granted its license in 2006 to offer British degrees taught in English at its flagship campus - envisioned as the "Model Campus of Learning" – established at the Fuxing Campus of the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. Known as "Shanghai's British University College", SBC is rapidly developing as a centre for innovation in academic teaching methods and is now positioning itself to become a world leader in Sino-foreign research collaboration through its planned inter-university centre.

(As of Autumn 2012)


Student body

Number of students: 1,977 students including 751 undergraduates studying the foundation year, 1,226 undergraduates studying bachelors degree programmes and over 130 international students.



SBC currently has nearly 100 faculty members (including over 80 international staff) dispersed among 5 academic Divisions, Centre of English for Academic Purposes and Centre of Physics and Maths. Currently, the majority of Year 4 lectures are conducted by Fly-in faculty from partner universities with tutors from SBC. All USST modules are covered by teaching faculty from USST main campus.


SBC Centre of English for Academic Purposes (CEAP) has 25 language certified teachers. All teachers have a minimum qualification of a CELTA or equivalent, and most have DELTA or a higher degree.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 1,977 students : 130 staff = 15.2

Profile of Student Intake (Autumn 2012 enrolled)

702 students enrolled

142 from Shanghai, 67 from overseas (22 countries and regions)


Fields of study

SBC has 2 Schools including 5 Divisions and 2 Centres as follows:

The School of Business and Communication

1) Division of Business Management

2) Division of Events Management

3) Division of Accounting and Finance

4) Centre of English for Academic Purposes (CEAP)


The School of Engineering

1) Division of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

2) Division of Mechanical Engineering

3) Centre of Physics & Mathematics

NOTE: Facts at-a-Glance are updated periodically, using the most recent data available.


Historic Campus

Built almost a century ago, SBC's truly unique campus has classical European architecture, and is located right at the heart of Shanghai. The buildings include German, French and British design features, and the campus gardens are maintained with a combination of Chinese and European balance. Ever since the campus was built, it has been a place for distinguished learning and research. From here, its academic community is making increasing key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the local community, and will undoubtedly have a growing impact on the city of Shanghai and the nation.


Fantastic Location

SBC's students and staff can enjoy one of the most convenient locations of any university in China, with restaurants, shops, cinema and transportation within minutes of the campus. For example, walking distances from the campus are: subway station - Shanxi South Road, Line 1 (3 minutes), bus stop (1 minute), cinema (1 minute), restaurants (1 minute), supermarket (1 minute), wet market (2 minutes) 5-storey electronics market (3 minutes), and hotels (2 minutes).

The Shanghai Library and the Harmony Hospital are located close to each other just 2 minutes by bus or taxi from SBC campus.


Shanghai Hongqiao Airport is 30 minutes by taxi and Shanghai Pudong International Airport is 60 minutes by taxi. Alternatively the bullet train brings arrivals from the Pudong International Airport to the city centre in about 30 minutes then visitors can transfer to subway or taxi to SBC Campus.


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