School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), established in 2003 and located I the heart of downtown Shanghai, has developed itself into one of the most influential and international schools in political science and public administration in China. It is ranked as a top ten public policy school in China by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
SIPA consists of four departments: Department of Comparative Politics, Department of Public Administration, Department of International Relations and Department of Public Economics & Social Policy. The school offers both academic and professional degrees in political science and public administration, including one doctoral degree program, six master’s degree programs and one MPA program (Master of Public Administration). MPA program at SIPA is one of the first of its kind among Chinese universities and well-known for its mid-career education. Currently, over 1,500 students from across the globe study at SIPA. In addition, the school also trains public officials, including many mayors and local leaders.
SIPA has the most international and sophisticated faculty in political science and public administration in mainland China. Nearly half of the SIPA’s 50 faculty members obtained doctoral degree from leading universities overseas, some of whom hold tenure professorship at prominent American or European universities. In the wake of internationalization of education, the school has attracted more international students to further their academic careers.
The school’s ongoing research programs focus on following areas: urban governance, political change in China, political economy, Chinese public policy analysis, urban public services, nongovernmental organization, Taiwan issues, theories of international relations, as well as public opinion survey and methodology.