The Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Building

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is one of China’s finest higher education and research institutions, offering undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees in a large number of disciplines. It enjoys a world class reputation for leadership in research and technological advancement in the disciplines of engineering, science and marine technologies, attracting students and faculty from across the globe.

Angela, Elaine and James Chao at Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Building Jiao Tong University

Angela, Elaine and James Chao at Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Building Jiao Tong University

The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Building was constructed in honor of Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, late and beloved wife of SJTU alumnus Dr. James S.C. Chao who also has served as the University’s American Alumni Association’s chairman. The building is a memorial to Mrs. Chao with whom he invested countless hours and resources in improving access to higher education for deserving Chinese and American students, as well as supporting initiatives designed to strengthen and sustain relations between the US and China.

The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Building at SJTU consists of three adjoined buildings and ten floors of classroom, research and administrative space. This building complex of 360,000 square feet of space houses SJTU’s School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering. The School, which opened in 2003, is well known around the world for its excellence in disciplines such as international shipping administration, mechanics, hydraulic and architecture engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering and coastal and harbor engineering. It is China’s premier university in the fields of ocean and naval engineering, attracting an international body of students, as well as collaborations with leading research institutions in other countries, including the United States of American. SJTU’s School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering is a perfect fit with the Chao family’s years of leadership in the international shipping industry.


SJTU, more than a 100 years old, is recognized as a premier education and research institution. There are 31 schools, five well-developed campuses offering students undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in medicine, law, engineering, management, the arts, economics, literature, and agriculture.

Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Building at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Building at Shanghai Jiao Tong University