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NYU Shanghai to enroll undergraduates in 2013

By Fu Xianwei, Xu Ruizhe (Jiefang Daily)

07:20, April 10, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

New York University in Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) plans to enroll about 300 undergraduates in 2013, with 51 percent coming from the Chinese mainland and the other 49 percent recruited through NYU’s global network.

NYU Shanghai is designed to be a comprehensive research university, and its first undergraduate courses will fall into seven categories: natural sciences, mathematics, engineering sciences, life and behavioral sciences, business and finance, economics, and humanities. With an NYU-style curricular system, the university’s core courses will cover languages, writing, social and cultural basics, mathematics, and science. Future students will be able to spend one to three semesters on NYU’s global academic centers and more than 10 other campuses in New York, London, Paris, and other famous cities.

The Shanghai campus, located in the city’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, covering an area of around 60,000 square meters, is under smooth construction. NYU Shanghai will rely on surrounding communities for student residence and sporting activities, integrate itself into the neighborhood, and become a university without walls just like its main campus in New York. Yu Lizhong, president of the Shanghai-based East China Normal University (ECNU), will be NYU Shanghai's first president. Jeffery Lehman, former president of Cornell University and current director and founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, will be the university’s executive vice president and CEO.

NYU President John Sexton said that NYU Shanghai will follow the same or higher standards in recruiting faculty from worldwide. A number of high-caliber teachers, including winners of Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, will teach at the Shanghai campus. About 180 professors have shown interest and already applied to teach at NYU Shanghai. The university’s teacher-to-student ratio will reach as high as 1:8, twice that of Chinese colleges and universities. NYU and ECNU will carry out joint scientific research in various fields to attract more talented people to join NYU Shanghai.

The preparatory council will be upgraded into the Board of NYU Shanghai after the university opens, with four board members from China and four members from the United States, according to the modern university system and the Provisions on the Establishment of Chinese-foreign Cooperatively-run Schools.

With a 16-year career in leadership positions at several universities, Yu will be a board member and the university’s legal representative. Yu has been serving as the president of ECNU since 2006. Previously, he served as deputy president of ECNU and president of Shanghai Normal University.

Another board member Lehman will be mainly in charge of academic management at NYU Shanghai. The Peking University School of Transnational Law he founded is the first law school in China to offer an American-style Juris Doctor (J.D.) curriculum. Last year, Lehman received the “Friendship Award” from the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.

ECNU has officially submitted an application to establish NYU Shanghai, and China’s educational authorities will set up an expert panel to examine the application. After getting approval, NYU Shanghai will announce its enrollment policy in a timely manner, and then launch campaigns for recruiting students and faculty from worldwide.

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