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East China Normal University (ECNU) is located in Shanghai---a renowned international metropolis with architectural landmarks that capture the eye with new aesthetic designs. The architectural designs are emblematic of the skyline over the city, revealing a nurturing culture of people and an abundance of resources for boosting the city.
Founded in Shanghai in October 1951, ECNU is one of the prestigious universities in China. In 2017, ECNU was selected as one of the Category A universities in China’s Double First-Class University Program, a higher education initiative launched by the Ministry of Education aiming to develop elite Chinese universities into world class institutions by the end of 2050.
ECNU, with a total area of more than 207 hectares, has long been known as a Garden University. This is because the university has two campuses, located in Minhang and Putuo districts of Shanghai, that are both full of unique nature and beauty.
Adhering to the strategy of "Interdisciplinary, Internationalization and Informatization", the "Three Programs" – "Developing education excellence, Promoting interdisciplinary academic excellence, and Serving national strategies", and the mission - "Education, Civilization, Development", ECNU has made tremendous achievements in talent training, scientific research, community service, and international exchanges in the recent decades.
ECNU’s motto is: "Seek Truth, Foster Originality, and Live up to the Name of a Teacher", with a mission to foster " Creativity, Character, Community". Today, ECNU is striving to transform itself into a world-class university, with a number of first-class disciplines and well-coordinated discipline programs development. The university also intends to lead in the development of China's teacher education, part of its faculty of education.