Introduction to East China Normal University (ECNU)
Founded in Shanghai in October 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is sponsored by the national programs “Project 211” and “Project 985”.
About the ECNU
Since China opened up to the world in 1978, ECNU has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the University has 21 schools and colleges, and 5 advanced research institutes, with 58 departments offering 70 undergraduate programs in humanities, education, science, engineering, economics, management, philosophy, psychology, law, history and art. Besides that, the University also offers 26 doctoral programs of the State Primary Disciplines, 38 master’s programs of the State Primary Disciplines, one professional doctoral program, 17 professional master’s programs and 18 post-doctoral mobile research stations.
ECNU attaches great importance to the internationalization of its development and enjoys a wide influence and an excellent reputation around the world. The university has established exchange and cooperative partnerships with more than 150 internationally renowned universities and academic institutions.
Adhering to the university motto of ” Seek Truth, Foster Originality, and Live up to the Name of a Teacher”, ECNU has made enormous achievements in talent-training, scientific research, community service and international exchanges. In so doing, it has significantly contributed to the development of Chinese basic education and teacher training, and the advancement of economics, sciences and society, both locally and nationally. The development and transformation of the country and the modern international metropolis of Shanghai bring huge opportunities to the university for its progress. ECNU is steadily and enthusiastically working towards its goal of establishing itself as an internationally renowned high-level research university, with a number of first-class disciplines and a well coordinated discipline development, while also taking the lead in the development of China’s teacher training.
With two campuses located in Minhang and Putuo District, and with a total area of over 207 hectares, ECNU has long been reputed as a “Garden University” for its beautiful campus scenes.
Living in University
With over 110 official student associations integrating the academic, extracurricular, and curricular spheres of students’ life, ECNU students are active on and outside of campus. Having the ability to engage in a wide variety of interests and to enrich the social, cultural and educational experience is highly valued at ECNU. The student associations in the University mainly cover six domains: academic, career training, public welfare, sports, recreation and arts.
Every year, the University makes an appraisal of all these associations according to their popularity and contribution. Winning a five-star medal means the best appraisal and is the greatest honor for all these associations.
Here are some popular student associations at ECNU:
• Yang Zhi Shui Drama Club
Yang Zhi Shui Drama Club was founded in 1999, and has enjoyed a great reputation on and outside of campus. The purpose of the club is to provide practical experience in all aspects of drama (artistic and technical), with assistance from knowledgeable and experienced professors in the dramatic arts. All the activities of Yang Zhi Shui Drama Club are based on the primary goal of stimulating interest among the members and discovering and training talented actors/actresses. Furthermore the club is characterized by its endeavors in the production and performance of original Chinese plays.
• O3 Society (Our Own Oasis)
Since its establishment in 2001, O3 Society, short for Our Own Oasis, has been closely involved in environmental protection issues at ECNU. As the only student association for environmental protection at ECNU, the association has successfully promoted the concept of “Hold Green in Your Heart” with the goal of drawing attention to this increasingly important idea to the general ECNU community. Affiliated with the School of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, O3 Society is well positioned to achieve its goals through lectures, field trips, and other educational activities.
• Lan Xin Philosophy Club
Lan Xin Philosophy Club is ECNU’s flagship student association dedicated to the practice and promotion of philosophy. The organization has two central purposes: meeting friends who share an interest in philosophy, and coordinating student philosophical activities. The student activities include weekly discussion groups, field trips, and occasional lectures.
• Psychology Association
One of the earliest student associations at ECNU, the Psychology Association was founded by a group of students majoring in psychology in the 1980s. The association seeks both to promote the interests of the undergraduates affiliated with the School of Psychology and Cognitive Science and to promote the study of psychology in the campus community at large. The group will attempt to further its goals through appropriate means by offering psychological consultations and organizing public activities.
International students can use all facilities on campus with their student card.
The indoor badminton stadium: open all year
The indoor ping-pong stadium: open all year
The swimming poor: open in summer
The outdoor basketball court: open all year
The outdoor soccer court: open all year