The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) was founded in January 2002. It was one of the first 35 national demonstrative software schools and also the only one approved among the normal universities nationwide. In July 2019, the Faculty of Information of ECNU was founded, to which SEI is affiliated.
In accordance with student-centered, market-oriented strategy and innovation-driven development, the school adheres to the way of internationalized education, market-oriented operation and integration of industry, education and research and cultivates high-level, practical, interdisciplinary and international software talents.
SEI has three departments (Software Science and Technology, Embedded Software and System, and Cryptography and Network Security). And it has discipline bases such as Shanghai Key Laboratory of Trustworthy Computing, National Engineering Research Center for Trustworthy Embedded Software, MOE Engineering Research Center of software and hardware co-design and Application, MOE International Joint Lab of Trustworthy Software, and Shanghai Trustworthy Internet of Things Software Collaborative Innovation Center, as well as the Research Center for Cryptography and Security. In addition, approved by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, National Software Talent Training Base (Shanghai) and National Talents Training Base for Software Outsourcing to Japan were also settled in SEI.
SEI has been developing rapidly in recent years. There are more than 90 faculties in SEI, including one academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 23 full professors, 33 associate professors and other scholars. Moreover, 1 faculty member has been granted the China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists, and 1 faculty member was awarded with the Young Changjiang Scholar (Yangtze River Program) of China. The school also has over 10 adjunct professors from famous universities at home and abroad and an innovative research group set up by the National Natural Science Foundation. SEI has a current enrollment of around 1450 full-time students, among which there are approximately 800 undergraduates, about 560 graduates and more than 90 doctoral students.
SEI has presided over and participated in over 100 research projects, including projects supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program), the National High Technology Research and Development Program (863 Program), the National Natural Science Foundation and other key projects. Focusing on the application of safety-critical autonomous and controllable software system, the school will meet the major application requirements of the software field in China and provide information services for industries and enterprises.