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East China Normal University (ECNU) ( ), was founded in October 1951 in western Shanghai, on the campus of Daxia University. It is the first Normal University of the People's Republic of Chinamarker.


Daxia University Qunxian Building(群贤楼)(ECNU Wenshi Building (文史楼) now)
In 1951, East China Normal University (ECNU) was founded. It was principally based on the former Daxia University and Guanghua University.

In addition, some departments/staffs from the following Universities were also incorporated into the then newly formed East China (Normal) University: In 1959, East China Normal University was indentified as one of the 16 National Key Universities in China.

In 1972, East China Normal University was renamed Shanghai Normal University, when it merged Shanghai Teachers Institute, Shanghai Education Institute, Shanghai Physical Education Institute, and Shanghai in-Service Teachers Institute. In 1978, the four institutes detached and resume their original status'. In July 1980, the University resumed its original name.

In 1997 and 1998, Shanghai Education Institute, Shanghai Second Education Institute and Shanghai Preschool Education College merged into ECNU successively.

Recently, ECNU has entered into an agreement with New York Universitymarker (NYU) to establish a study-abroad program enabling almost 200 students from NYU to study at ECNU each academic year.



Putuo Campus Central Arch
Minhang Campus
East China Normal University is a Key University directly under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. It is listed as a member of the “project 985” and “project 211” (National Key University). The University is situated in the down town of Shanghai and is well known as a Garden University for its beautiful campus.

East China Normal University is a comprehensive and research University with strong faculty. It has 1,700 full time teachers, including 1,100 professors and associate professors. Covering the academic area of Science, liberal arts, management, engineering, law, education, philosophy, history, Finance and Economics, The University now has 19 full-time schools, consists of 44 departments offering 61 undergraduate programs, 130 doctoral programs and 170 Master's programs, nearly 13500 undergraduates, 8900 post graduates and about 2700 long-term and short-term International students.

East China Normal University owns the state base for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. It is also pointed by the office of overseas Chinese of the State Council as the Chinese teaching center. The online school of Chinese Language jointly run by the University and the National office of TCFL has become the biggest website in the world for teaching Chinese as a foreign language.



ECNU Library
ECNU Auditorium


The University consists of 19 full-time schools, which include totally 44 departments offering 61 undergraduate programs. These schools are:

Business School

ECNU's Business School was founded by the pioneer of China's Economics and Financing studies, Prof. Chen Biao Ru. Hence, the Business School of ECNU inherited the good tradition and enjoys top reputation in the economic and financial circle in China.


  • In 1993, the school of Literature and Art was founded.
  • In April 1994, the School of Humanities was first founded, comprising the History, Philosophy, Law/Politics and Social sciences departments.
  • In April 2001, the school of Humanities was reconstructed. The Law and Politics and Social Science departments separated from each other, and the School of Literature and Art was merged.
The new structure consisted of six departments; the Chinese language and Literature, History, Philosophy, International Chinese Studies and Art Education departments, in addition to the Institute of Ancient Chinese Book Studies. The school is affiliated with the following research institutes and centres; Institute of Literature, the Institute of Chinese Historiography, the Institute of Philosophy, the Information and Research Center of Literature, History and Philosophy, the Center for Chinese Studies Abroad, the Research Center for International Chinese Language and Culture, the Research Center of Religion and Culture, the Research Center of Hakkalogy, the Research Center of the History of China's Enterprises, and the Research Center of History Education.

Key Laboratories

State Key Laboratories

Key Laboratories of Provincial Level and Ministerial Level

  • Key Laboratory of Brain Functional Genomics,Ministry of Education
  • Key Laboratory of Geography-Information Science,Ministry of Education
  • Shanghai Insititute of Brain Functional Genomics
  • Shanghai Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Green Chemical Process
  • Shanghai Key Laboratory of Urbanization & Ecological Restoration
  • Shanghai Key Laboratory of Trustworthy Computing


Key Research Bases In Humanities and Social Science


Noted Alumni

Alumni Associations


Address: East China Normal University, 3663 Zhongshan Road (N.) , Shanghai 200062, P.R. China

Tel: +86-21-62233333

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