After over a year’s preparation, ECNU Press published the first issue of ECNU Review, the English version of ECNU Journal, as a test publication recently. 13 papers by ECNU scholars were covered in the issue in three columns: Philosophy and Intercultural Dialogue, Study on Chinese History and Study on Contemporary China.
As an English academic journal, ECNU Review first aims to provide an international medium to introduce crucial findings of ECNU scholars and then to develop itself into a more professional and international academic journal. Tong Shijun. the University Council Chairman of ECNU, wrote a foreword for this issue to celebrate its publication.
According to Tong’s foreword, as a major research university in a country that benefited greatly from its opening up to the outside world in the last decades, ECNU encourages its professors and students to take the world as their grand forum for producing and sharing knowledge. Since China will produce increasing influences upon the world and humanity as a whole, a new English journal of social sciences and humanities in China is of great necessity. He hopes that ECNU Review will make ECNU researchers and their contributions known by the world and at the same time readers will benefit from it.
Foreword to the First Issue of ECNU Review
(University Council Chairman, East China Normal University)
With service to humanity and striving for excellence as its kernel values, East China Normal University (ECNU, founded in 1951) inherits its strong interest in international academic exchanges from its predecessors such as Great China University (founded in 1924), Kwang Hua University(founded in 1925) and St.John’s University (founded in 1879). As a major research university in a country that benefited greatly from its opening up to the outside world in the last decades, ECNU encourages its professors and students to take the world as their grand forum for producing and sharing knowledge.Soon after we founded a new university called Shanghai NYU in Lujiazhui, the most internationalized area in eastern Shanghai, jointly with New York University of USA in October 2012, we are now launching a new journal of social sciences and humanities in a language most widely used across nations as academic language in our times, that is, in English.
An English journal published by a Chinese university is not something that goes without saying. Ideally all those who participate in international academic exchanges should be able to understand their foreign-language speaking counterparts while speaking their own mother tongues.A less idealistic scenario would be for the parties involved in international academic exchanges to take each of their mother tongues alternatively as the international academic language.Considering the fact that much more non-English speaking scholars, including Chinese ones, have English as their second working language than English-speaking scholars have one or more other languages as their second working language, however, we came to make the more realistic choice of an English journal oriented to international readers, with the title of ECNU Review.
ECNU Review will, at least in the near future, publish academic papers written by authors from ECNU alone. From these papers, we hope, our readers will not only be impressed by the importance of the contributions that ECNU has made to the academic world in general, but also benefit from our colleagues’ studies on the problems, experiences and traditions of their home country in particular.As scholars from a country with a long history, a glorious tradition as well as a huge population and a vast territory, a country that has achieved tremendous progresses and encountered difficult challenges, and a country that will produce increasing influences upon the world and humanity as a whole, our authors have both the honor and the obligation to offer something interesting and valuable to the international academic community.
At the same time when they would probably understand better their own work when presented in a foreign language, our authors, I hope, will also benefit a lot from valuable criticisms and suggestions kindly given by their readers all over the world.
October 28, 2012, Shanghai