Classes begin in new campus at nation’s 1st China-US univ
Students from Shanghai New York University have moved into their new campus and the university held a ceremony for the new semester at the new campus, which is located at Century Avenue in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area.
Shanghai New York University was jointly established in 2012, by New York University (NYU) in the US and the East China Normal University in Shanghai. It is the country’s first China-US university operated as an independent legal entity.
Unlike most traditional universities in China, the school building is a single, 15-story building, which is similar to an NYU campus building in Manhattan in New York City. The vertical campus is equipped with a series of facilities expected in a modern university such as a café, library, study rooms and gym rooms. About 600 freshmen and sophomores will study in the new campus.
“We want to create a wellknit and harmonious study community for students and teachers,” said Chancellor Yu Lizhong.
This year, the university enrolled 151 Chinese students from the country’s 23 provinces and cities while the other 143 international students are from 44 countries.
“We have received a large number of applicants. And the overall quality of students enrolled this year is good. Meanwhile, students and parents have a better understanding of our university,” said Wang Zhengji from the admission office of the university.
About 500 students were selected into the university’s admission interviews held earlier this year, which assessed students’ comprehensive abilities, such as learning ability, communication skills, teamwork spirit and English verbal skills.
This week, the Duke Kunshan University, another China-US joint venture, also welcomed its first students and began academic operations. Located in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, the university was established by Duke University, based in Durham, North Carolina, together with Wuhan University in Hubei province.
DKU’s three masters programs in global health, medical physics and management studies have enrolled 42 graduate students from 11 countries, including the US, China, Russia, Argentina, Kenya and Singapore.
Students in the Master of Management Studies began their studies on Duke’s campus in the US in July, and they will arrive in Kunshan in January.
Those students will receive master’s degrees from Duke University upon the completion of their studies.
“We are working together with our students and faculty to pioneer a new model for the future of global higher education,” Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Brown Bullock said at the convocation ceremony. Meanwhile, the DKU Undergraduate Global Learning Semester program welcomed 62 undergraduate students from 22 universities. The program facilitates learning across disciplines and the exploration of a broad range of studies, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and language studies.