Int’l friends express solidarity with ECNU


The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has changed many people’s lives in China. Some international friends of the university are concerned about the ongoing epidemic. They express their solidarity with ECNU and China and voice their encouragement.

“Hello, East China Normal University! On behalf of our staff and our students of emlyon Casablanca campus, I would like to express our solidarity. Because we know that China has been going through a difficult moment right now because of coronavirus. Our souls and our hearts are with you. We believe that very soon China will overcome this difficult moment and we will be able to meet each other either in Shanghai, Paris or Casablanca.”

—— Tugrul Atamer

Acting President and Dean

Emlyon Business School

Emlyon Business School is one of the most famous business schools in France. It was founded in Lyon (France) in 1872 by the local business community. Since 2007, ECNU and emlyon business school have cooperated in talent training, student exchange, teaching and scientific research. On June 24, 2015, ECNU, emlyon Business School, Municipality of Minhang District Shanghai and Shanghai Zizhu Hi-Tech Zone (Group) Co., Ltd. co-established the Asia Europe Business School in Shanghai.

“In this battle against the epidemic, we have seen unprecedented, decisive action taken by the Chinese government and the positive results thus produced. We believe that China, with its profound cultural, scientific and economic strength, can win this battle. China’s success will be a victory for the whole world. We are ready to provide all necessary assistance and support to our Chinese partner.

These days, we have been monitoring the situation in China closely. We express our deep sympathy to those who have lost their loved ones and hope that all those infected with the virus will recover soon.

It is an honor for us to have cooperation with Chinese universities and the whole Chinese academic community, which enhances education and scientific research on both sides and helps outstanding students and young scholars in both countries realize their dreams. The exchange programs between universities in our two countries enable the participating students and scholars to contribute to the development of both countries.”

——Andrei Ivanovich Rudskoi 


Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University 

Founded in 1899, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) is one of the best universities in Russia. ECNU and SPbPU have started cooperation in scientific research and teaching since 2016.

“In these difficult times, the Université Libre de Bruxelles would like to express its full solidarity to your University and its members.

We sincerely hope that the situation will soon improve and that activities can resume as normal.”

——Judith le Maire 

Vice Rector of International Relations and Cooperation of Development

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Established in 1834, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is located in Brussels, Belgium. The university is leading in the fields of arts, science and education in Europe. ECNU has cooperated with ULB in student exchange, talent training and cultural exchange since 2012.


“Over the past few weeks, the faculty, students and staff at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have been closely following the situation of a novel coronavirus outbreak in China.

We’ve seen the catastrophic damage that the virus is causing to the lives of millions of Chinese people. We are deeply concerned about the developments, and at the same time, encouraged and touched by the fast and heroic responses by the Chinese governments and medical workers in fighting against this coronavirus.”

—— Santa J. Ono

President and Vice-Chancellor

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC), founded in 1915, is one of Canada’s leading research universities. The cooperation between ECNU and UBC can be traced back to 2010. Two years later, the ECNU-UBC Joint Research Core Group on Modern China in the World was established. In the past decade, the two universities have had close ties in various fields, especially in teacher training. The ECNU & UBC Teacher Education Program has provided opportunities for 236 ECNU students to receive teacher training in UBC since the program was initiated in 2014.

ECNU students participate in the ECNU & UBC Teacher Education Program.


Written by: Jin Yu

Proofread by: Philip Roger Nash

Edited by: Guo Wenjun, Yu Wenxi


East China Normal University