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Zhang Jie

Zhang Jie

President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Overseeing Administrative Work; Faculty Team Development; Auditing

Administration Building A, Minhang Campus



Professor Jie Zhang is the 39th President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a prominent scientist for his pioneering contribution in laser-plasma physics and high field physics.  He is an Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), foreign associate of American National Academy of Sciences (NAS), member of Germany Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Foreign member of Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). And he was elected as an Alternate Member of the 17th and 18th Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party in 2007 and 2012 respectively.

He received Ph.D. degree in 1988 from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). From 1989 to 1998, he first worked at Max-Planck-Institute for Quantenoptik in Germany, then the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Oxford University in the UK. He became the deputy Director of the Institute of Physics, CAS in 1999 and then Director General of the Bureau of Basic Sciences, CAS in 2003. In 2006, he was appointed as the 39th President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

His research has been recognized by American Nuclear Society with Teller Medal Award for 2015; by TWAS with the 2007 TWAS Prize in Physics; by the Chinese State Council with the State Natural Sciences Prize in 2006; by the Hong Kong Ho-Leung-Ho-Lee Foundation with the award of the Science and Technology Progress Award in 2006; by the Overseas Chinese Physical Society (USA) with the 2004 Achievement in Asia Award; by the Chinese Physical Society with the 2003 CPS Rao Yutai Award in Physics; by the Chinese Optical Society with the 2002 COS Wang Daheng Award in Optics; by the Hong Kong Qiushi Foundation with the Qiushi Award for Outstanding Young Scientists  in 1999; by the State Council of China with the National Award for Outstanding Young Scientists in 1998.

As the youngest president of Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 1949, Professor Zhang brought vitality, creativity and passion to the University.  He advocates an ethos “pursues knowledge and respects scholars”.  He pioneered and executed a model that promotes “student-oriented, integrated education (curricular with the extra-curricular activities, sciences with the humanities, teaching with research)”.  He is dedicated to establishing a university culture of “gratitude and responsibilities” and “dreams and passion”.

Under his leadership, Shanghai Jiao Tong University is full of vigor and vitality and have made remarkable progress on its way to becoming a world-class university.  Professor Zhang’s education philosophy and new practices have provided invaluable exploration and experience in achieving China’s goal of building world-class universities.  The reforms at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University under his leadership were taken as a good example for the future universities in the world [Nature 514 (2014) 295].