USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry

USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI) is jointly established by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and University of Southern California (USC). With supports from all aspects of the society, ICCI aims to develop itself into a pilot of international collaboration in the field of cultural and creative industry.

When culture leads, creativity triumphs. Located in the economic and financial center of China and taking the revitalization of the country and the nation as its own mission, Shanghai Jiao Tong University has cultivated numerous elites in politics, science, industries and arts, and has made great contributions to the country’s economics, science and technology, arts, and health care since founded in 1896. University of Southern California is located in Los Angeles, the cultural capital of the world. USC is a global leader with deep expertise in the area of culture and creative industry. USC is ranked number 15 in the inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey of more than 1000 colleges and universities in 2016. USC’s thought leadership and diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study for students, and research collaboration with leading scholars. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

Founded in 2015, ICCI is the outcome of the strong partnership between USC and SJTU that was forged more than a decade ago. ICCI serves as a significant part of the global strategy of SJTU as well as a pilot of higher education reform and innovation. Taking creation, innovation, and entrepreneurship as its core, ICCI is designed to foster interdisciplinary future industry leaders with creative spirit and thoughts that meet the needs of market and industry.

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Key facts

  • Ranked 61 in QS Ranking 2016-2017
  • Located in Shanghai, China
  • Established in 1896
  • Ranked No.1 for funding from National Natural Science Foundation (2014) 80 million USD
  • Won 13 State Scientific and Technological Awards in 2011