University description (as per official university website)
East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), originally named East China Institute of Chemical Technology, was founded in 1952. Its history dates back to 100 years to Nanyang Public School and Aurora University, its predecessor institutions. It was the first single-subject institute in China, consolidated by the chemistry departments of Jiaotong University, Aurora University, Utopia University, Soochow University and Jiangnan University, during a nation-wide restructuring of the country’s universities in the early 1950’s. It was among the first to be granted the permission to admit postgraduates in 1956. It was one of the 13 national key universities designated by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in 1960 and was renamed to its current name by the State Ministry of Education in 1993. In June 1996, ECUST was selected into the national key subjects of the "211 Project", a higher education reform project supported by the Chinese government for the further development of over 100 key universities in the 21st century. It has been under the joint construction and administration of Shanghai Municipal Government and the State Ministry of Education since October 1997. Its graduate school was accredited by the Ministry of Education of China in June 2000, and was permitted to construct the Project 985 Innovation Platform in 2008. It is among the first 22 universities to implement the Admission Reform in China. After over half a century’s efforts, the University has developed itself into a national key research university with distinct characteristics of each discipline and a coordinated development of multiple disciplines.
ECUST has three campuses at present, located respectively in Xuhui District, Jinshan District and Fengxian District. It occupies a total area of over 2,650 mu, and a total construction area of 816,000 square meters. It is home to many standard sports facilities. Its library possesses 2.5 million books, 18,000 periodicals, some 48 large-size databases and web mirror databases like CA & EI. It is the head of information cooperation networks among Academics of Chemical Technology around China, the Workstation of Scientific Program Consultation and Innovation Investigation Center of the Ministry of Education, the Center of Foreign Language Textbooks in Shanghai and the Shanghai Digital Resources Center for Postgraduates. The Analyzing & Testing Center and Gemstone Testing Center boast national authorized computation & attestation centers.
The university has 15 academic schools at present, namely School of Chemical Engineering, School of Bioengineering, School of Chemistry & Molecular Engineering, School of Pharmacy, School of Material Science & Engineering, School of Information Science and Engineering, School of Mechanical & Power Engineering, School of Resource & Environment Engineering, School of Science, School of Business, School of Social & Public Administration, School of Art-Designing & Mass Media, School of Foreign Languages, School of Law, School of Sports Science & Engineering etc. In addition, it has School of Online Education, College of Continuing Education, College of International Education, Sino-German College of Technology, Department of Excellent Students in Science and Technology, and School of Humanities as well.
Academic fields of ECUST cover eleven branches such as science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, law, management, philosophy, economics, arts, history and education, and thirty-eight subjects. The university now has 59 specialties for undergraduate studies, 21 subjects for master students, and 6 subjects for PhD students. It is entitled to confer master’s degrees in over 100 programs, doctoral degrees in 45 programs, and Master of Engineering' Degrees in 18 programs. It holds programs for Master Of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Juris Master (JM), and Master of Social Work (MSW). Apart from these, it also runs a Normal Degree program for College Teachers and 9 post-doctoral centers. Moreover, there are 7 second-level national key subjects, 1 national key subject (under construction) and 10 Shanghai key subjects.
At present, the total number of full time students has reached over 26,400, including 5,579 postgraduates for master's degrees, 1,281 Ph.D. candidates and 18,579 undergraduates. Among its 3,621 staff members, there are 2 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 2 winners of the National Award for Distinguished Teacher, 3 scientists-in-chief of 973 (The National Basic Research Program) in China, 2 experts of the National 863 Project, 10 Changjiang Scholar Program Professors, 1 winner of the Award for Excellence in Teaching granted by the Shanghai Municipal government, 3 national Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Teams, 3 National Innovative Teaching Teams, 11 national excellent scholars, 8 gainers of the Fund of National Outstanding Young Scientists, 11 gainers of the Fund of National Excellent Young Teachers, and over 1,000 professors and associate professors. Besides, more and more young scholars are striding on their way to prosperity, among them 5 National Candidates of the New Century Talents Program, 6 Scientific Elites of Shanghai, 12 Excellent Teachers of Shanghai, 1 Outstanding Young Scientist of Shanghai, and 40 candidates for Outstanding Talents in the 21st Century.
Enterprise-oriented, ECUST holds the guiding principles of “cultivating elites to serve the society, highlighting the process of teaching and learning, promoting the spirit of industry and honesty, and accomplishing a coordinated development of multi-disciplines”. The university continues to further its reforms in educational ideals, in teaching contents and methods, and in curriculum systems, and its high teaching quality is renowned around the nation. It hosts 15 National Classic Courses, 3 national Model Bilingual Courses, and 50 Shanghai Classic Courses. Since 2000, the university has undertaken 16 national teaching reform programs, and won 17 National Teaching Awards. Moreover, it has published 13 textbooks that are designated as the most important by the State Ministry of Education, and 10 textbooks has been granted national awards. By now, 52 textbooks are listed as the 11th Five-Year National Programmed Textbooks. The university is home to 8 national particular specialties, the Chinese Branch of the UNESCO Center for Engineering Education, the National Demonstration Center for Experimental Teaching of Engineering Chemistry, the Demonstration Center for the Entrepreneurship Education of College Students, and 3 Shanghai Municipal Demonstration Centers for Experimental Teaching.
For years, with the aim to cultivating students into elites with “profound professional knowledge, strong practical ability, high quality, innovative spirit and international outlook”, the university has attached great importance to the overall development of its students. Students of ECUST have won numerous awards in national and international mathematics competitions, among them the Special Award in the American College Students Mathematics Competitions (1997, 2005), and the “Champion Cup” in the "Challenge Cup" National Science and Technology College of Extra-curricular Academic Competition (1993, 1999, 2007). In addition, they have come out first in many nation-wide and city-wide English competitions, such as English Speaking Contests for College Students of Shanghai (2000, 2005), and International English Debate Competition (2007). Besides, they have also distinguished themselves in many National and Shanghai competitions in Physics, Foreign Languages, Computer Programming, Electronic Design, Robot Inventing and Scientific Inventions. In particular, the university’s female table tennis team boasts many medals in the World Table Tennis Championship for College Students.
The university has 8 national academic bases, 18 provincial and ministerial research bases, and 1 scientific research bases based on international cooperation, 42 academic research centers, and one National Science and Technology Zone. ECUST is among one of the first six universities that were authorized as the national technology transference centers. In recent years, 1300 full-time and part-time researchers have been conducting more than 1000 research programs each year with their research fund rising from 100 million RMB in 2001 to 200 million in 2004, 306 million in 2007, and 342 million in 2008. During the National Tenth Five-Year, its research fund of Project 863 ranked the 9th among all the universities in China. Its research projects/programs have received numerous awards and/or special recognitions, among which are 48 National Invention Awards and National Science Advancement Awards, and over 800 national and international patents. New technologies were developed for the gasification of water, coal and plasma, ethanol from biomass, resource recovery by smog desulphurization, advanced evaporation of water, chlorine and stone, invention platform of microorganism albumen in large scale etc. A lot of them have been industrialized and made great lucrative and social profits, including GMT compound material, fine carbon, artificial bone cement, SO2 recycling, dry coal powder-gasification, and new self-control zymolysising kettle.
The university has achieved a lot of accomplishments in technical transfer and cooperation among industry, university and research, and accordingly enjoys a national prestige. It is one of the national model institutions of technical transfer, a member of the national strategic associations of “Coal Chemical Industry”, “the Lightweighting of Chinese Automobile” and “antibiotics”. The technology of Steam Gasification of Petroleum Coke transferred to Valero Energy Corporation of the US was China’s first technical transfer to a developed country, which gained the biggest amount of profit among the universities of China.
ECUST has attached great importance to international cooperation and communication, and has established long term collaborations with more than 70 universities, enterprises and research institutes in America, Germany, Japan, France, Britain, Canada, Korea, Australia and so on. A number of prestigious international research universities have become its overseas sister schools, with which it has signed cooperation agreement to promote the exchange among teachers as well as students, and to joint train students.
The university has been striving to enhance the Party Construction and Spiritual Civilization Construction and to advance the cultivation of students’ overall capability along with the successful Material Civilization Construction. ECUST took the lead in “Double Courses” reforming and won the first class award of Shanghai and National Excellent Teaching Achievements, which in turn resulted in, for five consecutive years, the first class award and the excellent organization award in the competition of Deng Xiaoping’s theory studies of Shanghai. Great achievements have been made in the construction of campus environment, innovation of educational system and the improvement of integrated educational advantages.
Consequently, a lot of Shanghai or National Excellent Students, Outstanding Communities and Civilized Dormitories come to the fore every year. Honors have come in showers to the university, including the Excellent Organizing Award of Shanghai in the National College Student Art Festival, the Excellent Organizing Award of National Social Activity for College Students, the Model of Collective Working Unit in Shanghai, the Outstanding Unit of Arts Education in Shanghai, Model Unit for Supporting the Military and their Families, the Outstanding Unit of Social Security in Shanghai, the National Outstanding Unit of People’s Physical Education, the Outstanding Unit of Democratic Administration, the Civilized Unit of Shanghai for five consecutive years since 1996.
Over the past 50 years, more than 100,000 students have graduated from ECUST, among whom nine have been selected as the members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, a lot have become leaders in all levels of governments, and many have become experts in universities, scientific institutes and companies. Meanwhile, there are many prominent alumni abroad, who have earned such honorary recognition as “The Most Influential in the Chinese Cosmos (2006)”. Former President Jiang Zemin inscribed an epigraph of “Talents come forth in great number” for ECUST on the thirtieth anniversary ceremony of Petroleum Processing Department in 1988.
Today, ECUST is moving ahead to build an internationally preeminent, brilliantly characteristic, multi-disciplinary and research-oriented first-class university in the ten years to come.