East China Normal University

East China Normal University (ECNU) is a comprehensive public research university in Shanghai, China. It was formed in 1951 by the merger of the Great China University (est. 1924) and Kwang Hua University (est. 1925) and originated from the St. John’s College founded in 1879. Established as a normal school, it had an original mission to train teachers for secondary and higher education, but soon housed top-class researchers and developed into an elite research-intensive university.

As of 2020, ECNU is organized into 22 schools, colleges, and institutes, located in two campuses throughout Minhang and Putuo. The university comprises 2 affiliated schools across the Shanghai metropolitan area: NYU Shanghai in Pudong,[3] Asia-Europe Business School in Zizhu International Education Park. It also maintains a National Forest Ecosystem Observation and Research Station in Tiantong National Forest Park, Ningbo.

ECNU is designated by the Ministry of Education of China as a Class A Double First Class University. It is often considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in China and is internationally recognized. Sponsored by the national program “Double First Class University Plan”, “Project 211” and “Project 985“, the university is a frontrunner in the nation’s research and innovation, and has been dubbed as the “Columbia of the East”. The university also has strong ties with the China Meteorological Administration, State Oceanic Administration and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

East China Normal University (ECNU) consistently features in the global top 400 research universities according to some of the most cited international university rankings such as ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking.

University Rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World 301-400 (2021)
QS World 501-510 (2021)
QS Employability 301-350 (2020)
THE World 301-350 (2022)
THE Reputation 151-175 (2020)
USNWR Global 371 (2022)
Regional – Overall
THE Asia 61 (2021)
THE Emerging Economies 29 (2022)
USNWR Asia 62 (2022)
National – Overall
THE National 13 (2021)