NYU Reaches Deal to Open College in Shanghai

New York University, one of the largest private universities in the U.S., has reached a deal to open a campus in Shanghai which will be jointly administered by NYU and the East China Normal University, the first such college in China. From the Wall Street Journal:

NYU’s new Shanghai school will be the university’s second major international campus. In 2010, it opened a school in Abu Dhabi.

Like its school in Abu Dhabi, the construction and educational costs of NYU Shanghai will be funded by the local government. It will also be the first American school in China to have legal independent status.

“We will be providing the same education here as in New York and Abu Dhabi,” said John Sexton, president of NYU. The school needs to branch out on other continents in order to attract talented students and faculty who have become increasingly globalized, Mr. Sexton said.

The new university’s first undergraduate class will start school in the fall of 2013. NYU Shanghai will eventually have 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Students in Shanghai will also have the option of studying at the university’s New York and Abu Dhabi campus and other away-sites for up to three semesters.

And from XInhua:

The syllabuses and curricula of NYU Shanghai would follow the examples of world-leading universities, and the new university would feature all-around education, English lectures and small classes that encourage open discussions, Yu said.

The faculty-student ratio in the university would be one to eight, twice the average in Chinese universities, Yu said, adding that all undergraduates would study the humanities, as well as social and natural sciences, before choosing a major.

He said the university would recruit faculty members from the world, including the NYU and ECNU.

Also, the assessment of student applications would be based on performances in both China’s national college entrance examination and an NYU-style student screening process.


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