2019 SISU International Young Scholars Forum
About Shanghai International Studies University
Founded in December 1949, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is a national key university directly under the Ministry of Education (MOE) and co-sponsored by MOE and Shanghai Municipal Government. SISU is a Project 211 and Double First-Class university with a unique and distinguished mix of disciplines. SISU is the first Chinese university that has signed framework agreements for cooperation with the United Nations Headquarters and Offices, the European Commission and the European Parliament. SISU is very high on many rankings of Chinese universities, including the rankings by China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center and the QS World University Rankings.
Unique and prestigious mix of disciplines. SISU hosts the Asia Pacific Working Group of CIUTI. SISU's Graduate Institute of Interpreting and Translation (GIIT) is a leading translation and interpreting institute in Asia. GIIT offers graduate interpreting and translation programs on all the six official languages of the United Nations and has been awarded the highest ranking by the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC). GIIT is the only conference interpreter training institute of China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) to rank among the global Top 15, ranking No. 1 for the English-Chinese pair. SISU graduated the first batch of doctors in foreign languages and literatures in the People's Republic of China. Currently, SISU offers programs on 40 languages, embracing all the major modern languages of the world, as well as courses on many classical languages. SISU is actively preparing to offer new programs and new courses on strategic languages to consolidate our portfolio of non-commonly spoken languages. SISU's Research Center for Foreign Language Strategies is one of the first research bases and think-tank units of China State Language Commission. SISU publishes 12 academic journals of which seven are CSSCI source journals or collections. Among them, the Journal of Foreign Languages is funded by the National Social Science Fund of China and covered by MLA International Bibliography, and it is the only foreign language journal among the Top 30 Social Science Journals of China. Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, a publishing house of SISU, is one of the most prestigious publishers of foreign language books in China.
Distinction in global governance and area studies. SISU began with languages and literatures and it now spans five disciplines: literature, education, economics, management and law. It is the only one of China's foreign language universities that grants Ph. D. degrees in three first-level disciplines: foreign languages and literatures, political science and business administration, and sponsors post-doctoral research stations in foreign languages and literatures, and political science. SISI has many national and provincial/ministerial key humanities and social science research bases, including the Middle East Studies Institute, the Center for EU Studies, the Center for Russian Studies, the Center for British Studies, the Center for Asian-African Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies. In 2016, SISU's Middle East Studies Institute, the Research Center for Global Public Opinion of China, and the Research Center for Foreign Language Strategies became the first “CTTI Source Think Tank” units. SISU has just launched its Shanghai Academy of Global Governance and Area Studies which will inform global governance and national development through governance and area studies, participation in the global knowledge and discourse system, engagement in language policy planning, and global public opinion research. We aim to create a first-class disciplinary innovation platform.
Opening to the outside world & building a global network. SISU has established partnerships with more than 360 universities, cultural and educational institutions and international organizations from 56 countries and regions around the world. 43% of SISU's undergraduate students have overseas study experience; SISU has partnered with universities of Germany, France and Spain for joint graduate student education. Each year, SISU recruits about 4,000 international students from more than 100 countries around the world, ranking first in the country. SISU has co-organized international academic conferences with academic institutions from the United States, Canada, Lebanon, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Japan and South Korea. SISU implements an external expertise attraction plan to build an internationalized faculty and promote international research cooperation. 80% of SISU's faculty have overseas experience; foreign experts are now 1/4 of our full-time faculty.
SISU pursues Integrity, Vision and Academic Excellence and holds the mandate to interpret the world and translate the future. To realize our goals, SISU is trying to expand and deepen our discipline portfolio and highlight our characteristics. Implementing our “multi-lingual+” strategy, SISU will pursue innovative talent training models and cultivate excellent international talent with outstanding language proficiency, familiarity with specific countries and expertise in a certain field. Committed to serving the country's development, serving people's overall growth, serving the society, and facilitating international cultural exchanges and communication, SISU will spare no effort to become a world-class foreign language university with distinction in global studies.
About the Forum
SISU International Young Scholars Forum is designed to further consolidate and expand our talent pool, attract more high-level talent and increase channels for talent attraction. The forum focuses on foreign languages and literatures and also covers other disciplines such as political science, business administration, and journalism. We welcome young and middle-aged scholars with excellent academic background and academic potential from home and abroad. It is our hope that, through academic exchanges and discussions of frontier and hot issues, a platform will be built up for young scholars from home and abroad to promote understanding and share insights, and that young scholars overseas will be motivated to achieve their aspirations in SISU and boost the development of Shanghai.
The forum covers: foreign languages and literatures; political science; journalism and communication; and business administration.
Excellent young scholars from home and abroad are welcome who are interested in SISU and:
1. Have a doctoral degree awarded by a distinguished university home and abroad; excellent academic results; innovative and strategic thinking; and the potential to grow into a subject (academic) leader;
2. Respect Chinese laws and regulations; have shown sound academic and professional ethics.
For young scholars who have eligibility for various national and Shanghai municipal funding projects, SISU will do its best to assist them in application.
SISU will provide free meals and accommodation and offer reimbursement for round-trip international travel expenses (economy class air ticket) and round-trip domestic travel expenses (economy class air ticket or second-class high-speed rail ticket), for which original bills are required. We also provide railway station and airport pick-up and other services.
1. Signup deadline: December 15, 2018 (subject to changes under real circumstances)
2. Invitation: November 25 to December 23, 2018
3. Registration: January 8, 2019
4. Forum: January 9-11, 2019
Registration and pick-up information will be given in the invitation letter.
Fill in the Signup Form online or download the Signup Form and send it by email.
1. Sign-up website:
2. Forum website:
Ms. Chen, Ms. Yang
Office of Human Resources
Shanghai International Studies University