Classes be­gin in new cam­pus at na­tion’s 1st China-US univ

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG HONGYI wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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