While searching the web for Tianma Shan, we stumbled upon this helpful site by Robin Zhang, “the software designer of JetPhoto.” Clicking around a bit, we found this neat panorama of the University of Shanghai (沪江大学) in the 1920s. We also found these current photos of the old University of Shanghai buildings, which are now part of the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology [official site | map] in Yangpu District on the Huangpu River. We found this all kind of interesting — we had never heard of the University of Shanghai, which was founded in 1906. We probably should have, since we have a friend who recently graduated from USST. Here’s what she said:
You probably won’t think the buildings are old. For me, they all look new. They renovated and they built the new buildings just like the old style, so I do not know which ones are old and which are new. Even my dormitory building looks like that.
You can read more about the history of the University of Shanghai, copied from Robin’s site, after the jump.
The University of Shanghai was established in 1906 as Shanghai Baptist College, supported by Northern and Southern Baptists of America.
Its campus, along the Whangpoo River about six miles east of the center of Shanghai, commands a unique riverside campus view and makes up a historical building complex.
The campus was ready for occupation in 1909 with the completion of the main administrative and classroom building, Yates Hall. In 1917, the University of Shanghai became registered in Virginia state in the US. By 1918 the University had added more than twenty acres of land to its campus and five new buildings. It was was a pioneer in coeducation in China, opening its doors to women in 1920.
The Sino-Japanese War brought major disruption to the University of Shanghai. On April 8, 1938, University president Herman C. E. Liu was assassinated by the Japanese.
By 1952 the campus was taken over by the People’s Government and the era of Christian higher education in Shanghai had passed. Today the campus is a part of the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.