College of Transport and Communications of SMU is one of the first colleges in China that offer education in transport engineering and provid master-level programs. The rich experience it accumulates in talent nurturing and academic research during the last five decades has made it one major base for the teaching and research of transport and communications (Shipping Management)in China.
College of Transport and Communications of SMU provides a complete discipline system and is able to foster talents of all levels. The college now is entitled to award PHD degrees in Transport Planning and Management. It is running two master-level programs in Transport Engineering and Transport Planning and Management and two master-level international cooperation programs, International Transport & Logistics and Logistics Management and Engineering. The college offers four bachelor-level programs in Transportation, International Shipping Management, Logistics Management and Transport Engineering. The number of bachelor-level students studying in the college is around 2400 and the number of post-graduate students has reached 300. Transport Planning and Management is approved successively by the Education Ministry of China and Shanghai Municipal Education Commission as the National Key Discipline and Key Discipline of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. Logistics Management and International Shipping Management are awarded National Characteristic Educational Programs. The bachelor level programs of Transportation, Shipping Management and Logistics Management have been listed as Educational Height of Shanghai Municipal.
College of Transport and Communications of SMU boasts a well-structured and academically sound faculty constituted of 72 members of teaching staff, and among them there are 13 professors (8 PHD tutors) and 29 associate professors. 86% of the teaching staff have been awarded PHD degree or are working for their PHD degrees.
College of Transport and Communications makes great efforts to scientific research and attaches great importance to the maintaining of its cooperation with maritime community. It has established several advanced laboratories such as virtual reality lab, shipping system decision-making technology and appraisal lab, modern port comprehensive lab, digital logistics lab center, terminal automation control lab, transport engineering lab and FFA lab.
The college has started its cooperation with UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in running master level seminars as early as 1983. In recent years, it has started two joint master level programs respectively in collaboration with World Maritime University and the University of Western Australia, and started a bachelor-level joint program with Regional Maritime Maritime University in Ghana. Rexchange mechanism has been established with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, US Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Korea Inha University to enforce international academic communications.