ECNU is one of the key institutions of higher learning.East China Normal University (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 and Tongji University. Over fifty years of development has shaped ECNU into one of the key institutions of higher learning under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education, influential both at home and abroad. The University has 18 full-time schools, such as the School of Humanities, School of Educational Science, School of Educational Administration, School of Business, and School of Communication to name a few. These schools consist of 39 departments offering 61 undergraduate programs, 5 of which are on the list of State Training and Research Bases for Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences. The Graduate School offers 94 doctoral programs, 139 Master's programs and has 10 mobile post-doctoral research stations. In addition, ECNU has a Web School of Education, College of Continuing Education and International College of Chinese Culture. Among the total staff of over 4,500, there are nearly 1,600 full-time teachers, including 9 national academicians and nearly 1,100 professors and associate professors, many of whom enjoy high reputation in their respective academic circles. ECNU has always attached great importance to the integration of the special characteristics of a normal university and academic excellence with equal emphasis on teaching and scientific research, and has, thus, developed into a university not only strong in educational science but also strong in the fields of social science, humanities, natural sciences, science and technology and management science. While mainly training students to be teachers in high schools, colleges and universities, ECNU also nurtures scientific researchers and other academic and administrative professionals. Since its founding, the University has already educated over 100,000 students who have been well received by their employers. ECNU has undertaken a great number of key scientific research projects, consultant projects and training projects from the central government and the local authorities, as well as those from business companies and other institutions. Besides, ECNU has been actively involved in providing service for the elementary and secondary education, economic construction and social progress of both the city of Shanghai and other parts of China, which has eventuated in remarkable scientific achievements with very good social effect and economic results. The Training Center of High School Principals at ECNU is the only national base for training provincial key high school principals and other senior administrators of educational administration. In addition, the University has established relations with nearly 100 foreign institutions of higher learning for academic exchanges. The Student Union of ECNU is a student organization on behalf of all students of the university. From the foundation of its first session, the Student Union, aiming at serving for students whole-heartedly, continually improved the quality of its members and set up good student cadre images. They had directed the work of its branches in every department and held various activities on science, culture and academy, which were highly praised. The University also has many societies and clubs.
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