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Program of Sino-French Education for Research (PRoSFER)

Dual Degree Programs with ENS Group in France

  • Dual degree program since 2002

  •  A joint Sino-French Graduate School established in 2005

  • Joint Master’s Program: 25-30 students per year with 251 master’s students graduated so far

  • Dual Degree Doctoral Programs: 10-15 students annually; total 148 candidates admitted with 118 graduated so far

Collaborative Fields:

Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Education, Philosophy, Sociology, History and Sports Science

Wu E (first from left), one of the first groups of students of PRoSFER, was working at a lab in France in 2007 after her research paper was published in Science

In November 2014, ECNU renewed its agreement on PRoSFER with the ENS Group of France.

Faculty Exchanges and Academic Collaboration

  • More than 220 ENS professors lectured at ECNU (including several noted members of the French Academy of Sciences)

  • More than 60 ECNU professors gave lectures or conducted research at ENS

  • The two sides have co-founded a number of joint laboratories and research centers

  • ECNU and ENS de Lyon co-established the Joint Research Institute for Science and Society (JoRISS), providing an excellent international and interdisciplinary platform for academic research

Research Outcomes:

  • 330+ Papers published in prestigious Chinese and international journals including Nature and Science

  • 20 Patents


PRoSFER was granted the title of "Excellent Cooperative Projects between Chinese and French Universities" at the Sino-French Higher Education Forum: University and Engineering Education, during the third meeting of the China-France High-level Mechanism for Dialogue on People-to-People Exchanges, on June 30th, 2016, in Paris.

*Three ENS:

École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay

École normale supérieure de Lyon

École normale supérieure de Rennes