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East China Normal University (ECNU) is recognized as one of Shanghai’s top public research universities under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, and is included in China’s national education projects, “Project 211” and “Project 985”.
Covering a total area of 207 hectares, one of the campus locations is situated in the Minhang district of Shanghai (address: No. 500, DongchuanRoad, Shanghai) and the other is located in the district of Putuo in Shanghai (address: No. 3663, Zhongshan Road North, Shanghai).
It was formed in 1951 with the merger of the Great China University founded in 1924 and Kwang Hua University established in 1925, and was joined at the same time by a number of faculty members from the St. John’s College, Fudan University, Tongji University, and Zhejiang University.
In 1959, ECNU was officially declared as one of the first of the 16 national universities leading in China’s higher education; its status was re-affirmed in 1978. In 1972, it was known as Shanghai Normal University, merging with Shanghai Normal College and Shanghai Sports College. In 1980 its original name was resumed after the above-mentioned colleges were disbanded from ECNU.
In 1986, ECNU was selected to be one of the first of the 33 higher education institutions authorized by the State Council with an established graduate school system. In 1996, after being approved by the Ministry of Education, ECNU became one of the first universities sponsored by the major national programs, “Project 211”. From 1997 to 1998, Shanghai Preschool Education College, Shanghai Education College, and Shanghai No. 2 Education College were incorporated into ECNU. In 2002, construction of the Minhang campus consummated a new cornerstone in ECNU history, and upon its completion in 2006, it replaced the campus at Zhongshanbei road to become the main campus of the university. In 2006, the Ministry of Education and Shanghai city government signed a partnership to co-sponsor the development of the university. This qualified ECNU as a member of the national “Project 985”, and facilitated ECNU’s efforts to be more comprehensive, research-oriented, and internationalized.
As the first national university of the People’s Republic of China to promote teacher training, ECNU has firmly upheld the ideals of “ Creativity, Character, and Community” all the while adhering to the university motto of “Seek Truth, Foster Originality, and Live up to the Name of a Teacher”. In higher education, enhancing morality and fostering talents represent basic tasks of education, which the university has implemented from the CPC’s education and other related policies in order to promote the “three whole education” mode -- a new direction in Chinese higher education that features “whole staff education, whole process education and all-round education”. It is also a priority to strive for teaching innovation, scientific research, and projects of national strategic importance, and carrying out its rigorous action plans: “Education Plus”, “Ecology Plus”, “Health Plus”, “Intelligence Plus” and “Internationalization Plus”.
In line with a roadmap for building Chinese universities into world class entities unveiled by the national 13th Five-Year Plan, ECNU has made a three-step plan to achieve its longstanding goals: The university aims to become a world renowned university with distinctive characteristics and advantages by 2020, a near-world-class university by 2035, achieve world-class status by mid-century, and in a bid to make contributions to the great cause of constructing a powerful nation of education, revive the spirit of the Chinese nation through higher education.
At present, ECNU has four faculties, namely the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Economics and Management, and Faculty of Information Sciences. Its 30 full-time schools and colleges are School of Humanities and Social Sciences (including the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, History Department, Philosophy Department and Politics Department), School of Marxism, School of Law, School of Social Development, School of Foreign Languages, International College of Chinese Studies, School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, School of Sports and Health, School of Communication, School of Music, School of Fine Arts, School of Design, School of Math Science, School of Physics and Materials Science, School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, School of Life Sciences, School of Information Science and Technology, School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, School of Data Science and Engineering, School of Geographic Sciences, School of Urban & Regional Science, School of Ecological and Environmental Science, School of Marine Science, School of Teacher Education, School of Economics, College of Business Administration, School of Public Management, School of Statistics, and Asia Europe Business School (AEBS).
The university has four academies known as Meng Xiancheng Academy, Economics and Management Academy, Daxia Academy and Kwang Hua Academy, along with eight advanced research institutes, which are Simian Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, Institute for International Relations and Regional Development, Institute for Estuary and Coastal Research, Institute for Urban Development, Institute for National Educational Micro-policy Research, ECNU-UH Joint Translational Science & Technology Research Institute, Chongming Ecological Research Institute, and Institute of Brain and Education Innovation.
ECNU is also home to two State-level laboratories referred to as State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, and State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy. It has two unconventional colleges, namely the School of Open Learning and Education, which is also known as Shanghai Teachers DevelopmentSchool, and the School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Moreover, the Ministry of Education's Training Center for Secondary School Principals at ECNU is a state base for the training of secondary school principals.
As of March this year, the university has enrolled 15,454 full-time undergraduates, 3,272 doctoral students, 15,940 postgraduates and 1,341 international students. Among its 4,394-member faculty, 2,352 are full-time teachers, including 1,969 professors and associate professors, 14 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering (some of them are academicians of both academies), 247 teachers for the national, Shanghai’s and ECNU’s Talent Program.
ECNU offers doctoral programs in 29 of its first-level disciplines and master's programs in 36 first-level disciplines, and is authorized to confer 21 professional master's degrees and doctoral degree in education. It boasts 26 postdoctoral mobile research stations and 84 bachelor's degree programs. It has two National Primary Key disciplines, namely education and geography disciplines, five National Secondary Key disciplines, five National Key Cultivating disciplines, 12 disciplines enlisted as Class-A by the Ministry of Education, six disciplines included in Shanghai Peak Disciplines Program, 12 Shanghai key disciplines and 17 Shanghai first-rate disciplines.
In the field of science, ECNU is home to two State key labs, one National Engineering Research Center, one National Field Observation and Research Station, one State-level International Joint Research Center, seven Education Ministry Key Labs and Engineering Centers, one International Cooperation Joint Lab of the Ministry of Education, one Strategic Research Base of the Ministry of Education, one Key Research Base of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, one Key Lab of the Press and Publication Administration of China, one Engineering Innovation Center of Ministry of National Resources, 10 Shanghai Key Labs and Engineering Research Center, one Shanghai Engineering Research Center,one ShanghaiField Observation and Research Station, one Shanghai Soft Science Research Base, and one Shanghai Collaborative Innovation Center.
ECNU is strong in liberal arts, with six Key Research Bases for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, one Key Research Base for Development of National-level Teaching Materials, 11 Shanghai Philosophy and Social Sciences Innovation Research Bases and Shanghai Municipal Government Decision-making Consultation Research Bases, four Shanghai University Think Tanks, nine Shanghai Key Research Bases of Liberal Arts Disciplines Talent Training, six National Liberal Arts and Science Basic Disciplines Talent Training and Science Research Bases, two State Experimental Teaching Demonstration Centers, one State VR Experimental Teaching Center, and eight city-level experimental teaching demonstration zones.
The university sponsors or supervises the publication of 23 academic journals and periodicals, as well as four English-language academic journals. Its library collection tops 4.8 million volumes, with 158 electronic document data bases comprising 450 sub-data bases. The university has set up a Basic Education Group, and 47 primary and secondary schools and kindergartens are affiliated to the university. According to the requirements of the national mandatory education project, it also offers high-quality, non-diploma programs and other education programs for bachelor's and master's degrees.
In regards to its global outlook, ECNU values its cooperation and exchanges with international counterparts, such as its strategic cooperative partnerships with world-renowned universities - the ENS Group of France, New York University, University of Virginia, and Cornell University in the U.S.A., the University of British Columbia in Canada, the University of Queensland in Australia, and Tokyo University in Japan. Many agreements on academic cooperation and exchanges have already been established with 280-strong universities and institutions worldwide.
China's first Sino-American university gained the status of an independent legal entity – New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) – co-established by ECNU and New York University, and was approved by the Ministry of Education in early 2011. The university also partnered with EMLYON Business School of France to set up Asia Europe Business School (AEBS), co-established the ECNU-UH Joint Translational Science & Technology Research Institute with the University of Haifa of Israel, and launched the Joint Institute of Advanced Science and Technology with the University of Alberta in Canada.
In addition to its academic partnerships, the university runs an online college of Chinese language, with over 5,800 students in 137 countries and regions, in collaboration with the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL). The online program is the first of its kind to be established in the country. In 2008, it set up the NOCFL Study and Training Base for International Chinese Teachers. It also sponsors seven Confucius Institutes all over the world.