SJTU welcomes new students

(study.edu.sh.gov.cn) | Sep 17, 2019

Shanghai Jiao Tong University receives three sets of twins at the orientation for new students on Sept 7. [Photo/chinanews.com]

Shanghai Jiao Tong University received new students on Sept 7, among which the youngest student is only 15 years old.

According to statistics released by the university, the eldest student was born in 1994, and is ten years older than the youngest student.

New students include more than 300 students from minority areas and more than 800 overseas students from 90 countries and regions.

This year, there were three sets of twins among the new students, two male twins and a female twin pair.

Different from other students, Zhang Fuhan's family has had seven graduates from the university in three generations.

"Due to the story between my family and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, I have long dreamed of becoming a part of the university and I hope to have a colorful campus life in next four years," said Zhang.

The ratio of male to female is more than 8:1. The university also welcomed its first artificial intelligence majors, including 8 girls and 68 boys in three classes.

The school said that artificial intelligence is a comprehensive discipline, requiring practitioners to have a good command of mathematics. The compulsory credits for mathematics account for about 30 percent of the required credits in professional education.

In addition to general mathematics courses for engineering majors, such as advanced mathematics, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, and probability statistics, the university added courses such as random process, linear optimization and convex optimization.

The university has set up a professional curriculum that combines basic courses such as data structure, algorithms and complexity, with advanced courses such as deep learning, intensive learning, and natural language processing, as well as application courses such as intelligent robots, intelligent medical care, and intelligent autonomous unmanned systems.

To train the students, the university will invite corporate representatives to give lectures and establish joint laboratories with a dozen of artificial intelligence companies.

Students are encouraged to do internships at leading companies such as Alibaba, Huawei, Intel and Tencent, which have signed cooperation agreements with the university.

A waste sorting game attracted new students at the orientation field. [Photo/chinanews.com]



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