SJTU Asia-Pacific Graduate Institute (SJTU-APGI) is an extension of SJTU’s education and research efforts, as well as a platform for overseas resource integration and internationalization. The overall goal of SJTU-APGI is to promote the innovation of systems and integration of resources, and in turn, open up new global prospects in the fields of education and research.

In the long run, SJTU-APGI aims to become a world-class overseas educational institution recognized not only in Singapore, but also internationally. SJTU-APGI also seeks to attract and groom global talents, and to become a centre for innovation. This allows better access to collective wisdom of academics and talents worldwide, and exploration of cutting-edge scientific research methods.


To be a world-class renowned institute dedicated to future economic and societal development, by:
integrating Chinese and foreign perspectives in education and research practices; and connecting Chinese and foreign institutes in academic and cultural exchange

  • To address major global scientific and technological issues through multidisciplinary joint research
  • To create knowledge, and to nurture and fully equip future leaders with global outlook and multicultural competence to face the challenges of tomorrow
  • To facilitate collaboration and exchange to promote access to knowledge and innovation, and to explore cutting-edge scientific research
  • To be open to different cultures and opportunities while staying rooted in tradition and values


Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), as one of the higher education institutions which enjoy a long history and a world-renowned reputation in China, is a key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China and co-constructed by MOE and Shanghai Municipal Government. Through some 120 years of unremitting efforts, SJTU has become a comprehensive, research-oriented, and internationalized top university in China.

As early as in 1992, SJTU began to explore overseas teaching projects in Singapore, becoming one of the first Chinese universities to develop their MBA program outside of China.

In 2002, with the approval of the Ministry of Education of China, the first overseas graduate school – the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Graduate School at Singapore, was established, officially bringing China's high-level degree and graduate education programs beyond its shores. It has cultivated over six hundred young talents in Singapore, who have contributed to local development for decades.

SJTU also joined CREATE, a large-scale scientific research project in Singapore, which laid a solid foundation for the development of SJTU-APGI. The National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) launched the CREATE project with the aim of introducing international wisdom to solve major global scientific and technological problems through multidisciplinary joint research. Since 2012, SJTU has collaborated with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to participate in the program of "Energy and Environmental Sustainability Solutions for Megacities (E2S2)", which is one of SJTU’s major research projects overseas. In addition to SJTU, participants of the CREATE program include other world-class universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Munich University of Technology, Zurich Federal Institute of Technology, Hebrew University, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Cambridge University.

Built on the foundation and accomplishments of Phase I of the E2S2 project, the second phase (E2S2 – Phase II) was successfully launched in 2018.

To further expand its operations in the region, SJTU has decided to set up a graduate institute in Singapore. On 25 June 2019, SJTU Asia-Pacific Graduate Institute Ltd. (SJTU-APGI) was registered as a public company limited by guarantee in the country. It has also been registered as a Private Education Institution with Singapore’s Committee for Private Education since 26, Sep 2019.



March to July 2019Meetings and discussions regarding the establishment of SJTU-APGI

25 June 2019Officially registered in Singapore as a public company limited by guarantee

28 July 2019First meeting of the steering committee in which SJTU-APGI’s charter and three-year plan was approved

28 August 2019Audit and inspection by the Committee for Private Education (CPE)

26 September 2019Officially registered as a Private Education Institution with CPE

20 – 22 October 2019SJTU Vice President, Prof. Mao Junfa visited Singapore and launched the new series of CREATE workshop

11 – 14 November 2019Development Office, Antai College and SJTU-APGI meetings with proposed Honourary Directors

28 November 2019Official opening ceremony of SJTU-APGI, graced by Party Secretary of SJTU, Prof. Jiang Sixian, as well as fellow delegates

6 December 2019The first Antai Asia-Pacific Forum was held

6 December 2019Vice President, Prof. Huang Zhen attended the CREATE Managing Committee meeting