About sift >> Overview
Founded in 1960,the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) is an institution of higher learning originally subordinate to the former Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation but under the administration of the Shanghai Municipal Government since 1994.
The sole institution of higher education for international business in the East China region, SIFT boasts a long history of business education with its distinctive traits and traditional superiority.
SIFT commands a teaching faculty well grounded in the specialized theories of international business , closely associated with business circles at home and abroad, and richly experienced in teaching. Especially in recent years , SIFT has brought up an elite group of young and middle-aged teachers, who constantly bring forth new ideas in their work and blaze new trails. They keep close track of the advanced achievements in international economy and trade, employ modern educational means, and are competent for bilingual teaching.
In the past forty-six years and more, SIFT has turned out for the country large numbers of topnotch professionals in the field of international business, or the backbone of multinational or foreign –related enterprises, giving full play to their talents in the realm of international trade and business.
Since the mid 1990s, with China's further opening-up to the outside world , Sift has been making timely adjustments in its academic disciplines and specialized courses to meet the needs of the economic and social development both in Shanghai and in the whole of China. SIFT has now fulfilled its upgrade from a mono-disciplined college mainly engaged in the filed of foreign trade to a multi-disciplined higher education institution, offering comprehensive business courses and turning out various specialized talents capable of handing commodity trade, service trade, and TRIP (trade-related intellectual property). The construction of Songjiang campus of SIFT was completed in 2003, which provides material conditions for the realization of the strategic transfer of major education activities from the old Gubei campus. By 2004, SIFT has achieved an enrollment of 10000 students, which is a great progress at the first stage of its leapfrogging development.
Nowadys, SIFT is engaged in carrying out its development goals in The Strategic Development Planning for 2004-2010 of SIFT. SIFT is endeavoring to intensify its interior management and administration in order to bulid itself into a world-renowned socialist university ranking among the fiest class domestic universities in the field of business teaching and research.