Mulan Marine Simulation Memorial Building at Shanghai Maritime University
Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) offers the highest level of education in disciplines such as: economics, engineering, science, law, and the liberal arts, with a special focus on shipping technologies, management and economics.
Established in 1959, SMU has built a strong foundation and reputation in the international higher-education community, particularly in science and engineering, with a geographically diverse student body of around 15,000 from countries throughout the world, including the United States, Africa, Europe and Asia. Qualified maritime engineering students without the means to pay can look to the Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation, founded in 1984 by Dr. and Mrs. Chao, for assistance with the costs of their education.
The Mulan Marine Simulation Memorial Building was constructed in June, 2007 as a memorial to Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao. It was established in the year of Mrs. Chao's passing as a way to honor her life and commitment to higher education and philanthropy. The Building houses the world’s first and most advanced, electronic navigational instrument training center, with 360 degrees of virtual reality simulation and training platforms to prepare the maritime leaders of tomorrow.
During a site visit to the University in 2012, Dr. James S.C. Chao and his daughter, Angela Chao were privileged to hear from the students who were gaining valuable education and skills from the navigation and marine engine simulator. A follow-up visit in 2013 yielded additional positive feedback on the Marine Simulation Memorial Building training platforms, as well as the continued advancement of Shanghai Maritime University’s educational curriculum, professional training and scientific research activities.