New York University Shanghai

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New York University Shanghai
(NYU Shanghai)
Shànghǎi niǔyuē dàxué
NYU Shanghai Logo.jpg
ChancellorYu Lizhong
Vice-ChancellorJeffrey Lehman
ProvostJoanna Waley-Cohen

New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) is jointly established by New York University and East China Normal University of Shanghai. It is the first American college to receive independent registration status from China's Ministry of Education.[1] While classes are in English, some proficiency in Chinese is required for graduation.[2]


Yu Lizhong, former president of the East China Normal University (ECNU), was named Chancellor of NYU Shanghai. Jeffrey S. Lehman, former president of Cornell University and dean of the University of Michigan Law School, was named Vice Chancellor.[3][4] Yu Lizhong also served as Party Committee Secretary of the university, but he never interfered in matters of academic freedom, according to Jeffrey Lehman.[5]


The school opened to students in September 2013.[6] Of the class of 294 students, 51% came from The People's Republic of China, with the remaining 49% coming from other countries around the world.[7] During the 2013–2014 academic year, NYU Shanghai students studied at East China Normal University while the official NYU campus in Pudong was built;[8] the Pudong campus was completed in the summer of 2014. Students moved into the new building at the start of the fall 2014 semester. Currently, the NYU Shanghai campus in Pudong serves NYU Shanghai students, study abroad students from New York, Abu Dhabi, and non-NYU affiliated colleges across the globe, as well as a select number of NYU law students.


NYU Shanghai's logo is adapted from NYU's torch logo, using the top half of the torch to form the petals of a magnolia flower, the official flower of Shanghai; the logo is meant to represent NYU's footing in Shanghai.[9]


Since late summer of 2014, NYU Shanghai has been based in Pudong, Shanghai, at 1555 Century Ave; the main campus is contained in a single building, the Academic Center, a new 15-story building with two underground floors.[10] On May 30th, 2019, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new campus building in Qiantan; the Qiantan campus building will also be located in Pudong, and is being designed and built by architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). The design features four buildings arranged in a pinwheel shape reminiscent of NYU Shanghai's logo, that are connected as one building above the fifth floor; the university hopes to move up to 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students into the new campus by 2022.[11]

The NYU Shanghai has two dorms, one in Shanghai's Jinqiao and one in Aidongcun neighborhood, which are north and south of the campus respectively. Both are also located within Pudong. Students travel between the Academic Center and the dorms via the subway or on NYU shuttle buses.[12] There is also an academic library that offers virtual and in-person reference services.


Undergraduate Programs[edit]

NYU Shanghai offers a core curriculum, 18 majors, and numerous multidisciplinary minors and specializations.[13]

Graduate and Advanced Education Programs[edit]

The school also offers Masters programs and PhD programs.[14]

As of 2018, NYU Shanghai offers 4 master's and 7 PhD programs jointly with other NYU Schools.

Master's Programs[edit]

  • MS in Data Analytics & Business Computing is a one-year full-time master's program in collaboration with NYU Stern School of Business
  • MS in Quantitative Finance is a one-year full-time master's program in collaboration with NYU Stern School of Business
  • MSW in Social Work is a two-year program in collaboration with NYU Silver School of Social Work
  • MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a two-year part-time program in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

PhD Programs[edit]

NYU Shanghai’s PhD programs are offered jointly with other schools and departments of NYU, including the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Neural Science, Physics, Transportation Planning and Engineering. [15]

Research centers[edit]

  • NYU-ECNU Center for Computational Chemistry at NYU Shanghai[16]
  • NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science at NYU Shanghai
  • NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai
  • NYU-ECNU Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU Shanghai
  • NYU-ECNU Institute of Physics at NYU Shanghai
  • Volatility Institute at NYU Shanghai
  • Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai
  • Center for Data Science and Analytics
  • Center for Business Education and Research


NYU Shanghai's mascot is a purple qilin designed by a student and decided by a popular vote, beating out other designs including a panda, dragon, lion, and original creature named Spark.[17] NYU Shanghai offers competitive sports teams for badminton, basketball, fencing, flag football, soccer, and volleyball, competing against local universities and high schools in various leagues and city-sponsored events.[18] NYU Shanghai also offers recreational activities such as yoga retreats, outdoor hikes, go-karting, and basketball tournaments,[19] as well as semester-long group fitness classes including yoga, aerobics, cardio, strength conditioning, tai chi, and various dance classes such as traditional Chinese dance, K-pop dance, hip-hop dance, and salsa; these fitness classes meet weekly and offerings change from semester to semester.[20]

Distinguished faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About the university Archived 2013-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^
  3. ^ Jeffrey S Lehman, former Cornell president, to lead NYU Shanghai
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  5. ^ "Beijing vies for greater control of foreign universities in China". Financial Times. 2017-11-19.
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions by Employers". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "NYU Shanghai Granted Final Approval from China's Ministry of Education". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "NYU Shanghai Welcomes Its First Class". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "NYU Shanghai Leadership Visits Lujiazui Campus". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Pudong Campus". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "NYU Shanghai Breaks Ground on New Qiantan Campus". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved Jun 4, 2019.
  12. ^ "Campus Transport". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Majors and Minors | NYU Shanghai".
  14. ^ "Graduate and Advanced Education | NYU Shanghai".
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  16. ^ NYU-ECNU Center for Computational Chemistry
  17. ^ "NYU Shanghai Reveals Qilin as Official Mascot". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "Competitive Sports". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  19. ^ "Recreational Activities". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "Fitness Classes". NYU Shanghai. Retrieved February 27, 2018.

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Coordinates: 31°13′31″N 121°32′04″E / 31.2254°N 121.5344°E / 31.2254; 121.5344