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SJTU Regulations on Sino-Foreign Joint Graduate Degree Programs
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(This is a translation of the official version in Chinese 沪交研〔202197 . In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.)

Chapter One: General Provisions

Article 1 To regulate the admission, training and management of joint graduate programs such as dual degrees and joint degrees and to ensure the quality of SJTU graduates, these regulations are hereby formulated in accordance with Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Academic Degrees, Provisional Measures for the Implementation of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Academic Degrees, and other Chinese laws and SJTU regulations, and with reference to the internationalization progress of graduate education at SJTU.

Article 2 These regulations apply to the joint training programs such as dual degrees and joint degrees signed between SJTU or specific Schools (Departments) and overseas universities or their Schools (Departments); the joint training programs signed between SJTU and universities in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan can also be practiced with reference to these regulations.

Chapter Two: Establishment of Joint Degree Programs

Article 3 To diversify approaches to talent training and promote the opening-up of the Chinese education to the outside world, SJTU encourages the signing of agreements with top universities worldwide that have established long-term friendly cooperation to jointly train graduate students with dual degrees, joint degrees, etc. SJTU draws on overseas quality education resources while spreading the Chinese philosophy of higher education, leveraging respective strengths with partner universities to train innovative talents with a global perspective.

Article 4 The cooperation agreement shall specify the training objectives and requirements of jointly trained graduate students, stipulate the learning tasks to be completed by students at the original school and the destination school, specify regulations on credit recognition and grade transfer of courses, explain the selection standards and procedures of students participating in the degree program, maximum enrollments each year, as well as the various expenses such as tuition fees, travel and accommodation fees, living expenses, and insurance fees for students during their study at the destination university and the payment subjects.

Article 5 All the cooperation agreements for joint training of graduate students at the university or school (department) level must be reviewed by the Graduate School and approved by relevant departments of SJTU before signing. The agreement shall be put on record by Graduate School and International Exchange Office before execution.

Chapter Three: Dispatching and Accepting

Article 6 The selection and admission of graduate students for joint degree training such as dual degree and joint degree shall be carried out based on the joint training agreement signed between SJTU and the partner university, and the two sides shall select and recommend graduate students to participate in the relevant joint graduate degree program. SJTU students should first submit their applications to the Graduate School and then be recommended to the partner universities after approval. In principle, students recommended by overseas partner universities to SJTU for dual degrees or joint degrees must be international students.

Article 7 Students from partner universities apply for certain programs through the SJTU International Graduate Admission System, and the Graduate School is in charge of accepting the applications, which basically synchronizes with the international graduate admissions of SJTU in the same year. The Graduate School is responsible for coordinating the review of materials, assessment and admission of students recommended by overseas partner universities according to SJTU international graduate admission policies and procedures.

Article 8 The Graduate School shall make and distribute admission letters and report enrollment information in accordance with SJTU international graduate admission procedures. Unless otherwise agreed, the accepted students shall complete relevant procedures and register following the admission notification materials.

Chapter Four: Training Requirements

Article 9 The program curriculum of jointly trained students shall be formulated by the host school (department) and the relevant school of the partner university after consultation, or implemented according to the cooperation agreement, and submitted to the Graduate School for record.

Article 10 Period of Schooling and Course Requirements

(1). Except for some special master programs filed with the Ministry of Education, jointly trained master students should be enrolled in SJTU for at least 1.5 academic years, take at least 10 credits of SJTU courses, and must take the following two: Introduction to Chinese Culture and Chinese Language; students who have previously taken Chinese courses can apply for exemption from the Chinese Language course.

(2) . Jointly trained PhD students should be enrolled in SJTU for at least 2 academic years and take 2 compulsory courses: Introduction to Chinese Culture and Chinese Language; students who have previously taken Chinese courses can apply for exemption from the Chinese Language course.

Article 11 Credit/Grade Transfer Regulations

(1). Jointly trained graduate students (including students sent from SJTU and students from partner universities to SJTU) can transfer part of their credits taken in partner universities to SJTU according to the agreement.

(2). Students are required to provide official transcripts issued by the partner university and apply to the SJTU Graduate School in order to transfer credits. The total of credits transferred to SJTU and those taken at SJTU should meet the requirements of master's/doctoral courses, and be in accordance with the relevant rules of the "SJTU Regulations on Credit Recognition and Grade Transfer for Graduate Courses".

Article 12 For students sent by the partner university to SJTU, the host school (department) shall arrange a supervisor for them, who shall be responsible for the supervision of their course learning and dissertation.

Article 13 For Chinese graduate students participating in joint training programs, scholarships and grants are granted in accordance with the "SJTU Regulations on the Student Finance for Graduates (Trial)". International graduate students accepted by SJTU who participate in joint training programs enjoy the same rights to apply for scholarships as international students of general degrees. If winning a scholarship, they shall comply with SJTU regulations on international students and relevant scholarship management, and will only be granted a scholarship after actually coming to the University during the period of study.

Chapter Five: Degree Application and Granting

Article 14 Jointly trained graduate students can write dissertations either in Chinese or English, and those written in English shall include a detailed Chinese abstract. The review and defense of dissertations shall be carried out according to the specific regulations of the cooperation agreement; if there are no clear regulations, the existing SJTU regulations shall serve as a reference. Graduate students who meet the requirements will be awarded the master's degree/doctoral degree of SJTU.

Chapter Six: Degree Application and Granting

Article 15 Upon completion of the joint training program, graduate students from the partner universities are expected to return to their schools on schedule. The Graduate School will provide students from the partner universities who come to study at SJTU with an academic transcript in English.

Chapter Seven: Supplementary Provisions

Article 16 These regulations are subject to interpretation by the Graduate School and come into force on May 1, 2021. In case of any discrepancy between this and previous version of the regulations, this version shall prevail.

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