East China Normal University
East China Normal University (ECNU) is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is sponsored by the national programs “Project 211” and “Project 985”. ECNU was founded in October 1951 on the site of Great China University with most of its faculties from Great China University joined by some faculties from a number of other universities such as Fudan University. In 1972, East China Normal University was renamed Shanghai Normal University, when other four institutes including Shanghai Teachers Institute, Shanghai Education Institute, Shanghai Physical Education Institute, and Shanghai in-Service Teachers Institute were merged with it. In July 1980, it regained its original name of East China Normal University as the other four institutes separated again and resumed their original status one after another in 1978.
East China Normal University has two campuses in Minhang and Putuo District, taking up an area of over 220 hectares. ECNU has long been reputed as a "Garden University" for its beautiful campus scenes.
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As the first normal university founded in the country after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, ECNU has kept teacher training as one of its main features since its establishment. The Ministry of Education's Training Center for Secondary School Principals located at ECNU is a unique base for the training of secondary school principals on China’s Mainland and for advanced studies for those in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. It enjoys the reputation of being the “Huangpu Military School” for secondary school principals.
Adhering to the university motto of "Seek Truth, Foster Originality, and Live up to the Name of a Teacher", ECNU has made enormous achievements in talent-training, scientific research, community service and international exchanges. In so doing, it has significantly contributed to the development of Chinese basic education and teacher training, and the advancement of economics, sciences and society, both locally and nationally. The development and transformation of the country and the modern international metropolis of Shanghai bring huge opportunities to the university for its progress. ECNU is steadily and enthusiastically working towards its goal of establishing itself as an internationally renowned high-level research university, with a number of first-class disciplines and a well-coordinated discipline development, while also taking the lead in the development of China's teacher training.
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(Source: East China Normal University)
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