In recent years, SIT focuses on the improvement of its scientific research, and by adhering to its own characters and the social needs, SIT puts emphasis on the research and development of applied technology. SIT holds the principle that “Aiming at Shanghai Region, facing the Yangtze River Delta and radiating the whole country, SIT endeavors to serve local economy and that of small & medium sized cities”. SIT has been working actively at constructing a multi-disciplinary platform for the collaboration between “production, learning and research” so as to provide a better service to the society. In the past five years, SIT has signed agreements with cities and counties of Zhejiang Province, Anhui Province and Jiangsu Province to carry out full-scale cooperation and has provided technology development and services to over 300 enterprises in these provinces. SIT strengthens its relation and cooperation with industries, research institutions and major enterprises, and has signed long-term cooperation agreement with China National Pharmaceutical Group Corp, Baosteel Group Corp, Shanghai Huayi (Group) Company, Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited, Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry, Shanghai Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and others to provide innovative technological support to the development of regional economy.
With applied technological scientific research as its orientation, SIT carries out fundamental application researches based on the reality of engineering and technology development. The scientific research budget had soared from ￥3 million at the beginning of the merging to ￥14.3 million in 2011. Over the last 5 years, SIT has signed 786 cooperation agreements with many enterprises, which have provided SIT with scientific funds close to ￥200 million. SIT has also taken an active part in key projects of Shanghai and national strategy projects as well. All these efforts have contributed to the development of social economy as well as to the improvement of SIT teachers’ research capacity and the quality of education.