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China/US in campus link-up

Construction of New York University Shanghai began in Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area yesterday.

NYU Shanghai, which is due to open in the fall of 2013, will eventually enroll 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Classes will be taught in English and about 40-50 percent of the students will come from China.

NYU Shanghai will be China's first international university co-established by higher-education institutes from the US and China.

It represents a collaboration between Shanghai and New York, two metropolitan cities, and between Lujiazui and Manhattan, two international financial zones, said Shen Xiaoming, vice mayor of Shanghai.

Like the NYU in Manhattan, NYU Shanghai, on Century Avenue and neighboring the Shanghai Futures Building, will not be enclosed by walls, to embody its open spirit, and will encourage its students to make the most of their experience in the city.

John Sexton, president of NYU, said at the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday: "Our students will become true cosmopolitans, citizens of the world, aware of and connected to a network that spreads across the globe."

NYU operates as a "global network university," featuring the flow of students, faculties and information among the world's greatest cities.

East China Normal University, which has collaborated with NYU in exchange programs for students and faculties since 2006, is the Chinese partner in the new degree-granting institute.

"We two partners share the same ideas of fostering talents of global vision and innovative minds," said Yu Lizhong, president of ECNU. "That's the basis of our marriage."

Undergraduates will study at the NYU Shanghai for five semesters while they will be able to travel around the NYU global network in the remaining three semesters.

Many NYU professors, including Nobel Laureates, have shown an interest in teaching in Shanghai, Sexton said.

Apart from NYU teachers, public recruitment will be launched to admit lecturers from all over the world.

Chinese students will pay less than the NYU's standard tuition fees and the university will launch scholarships to help support underprivileged Chinese students, Yu said.

NYU Shanghai will share the curriculum of NYU except for some courses required by China's Ministry of Education for Chinese students.

These Chinese courses will be taught by teachers from ECNU while the majority of courses will be taught by international teachers in English.

"It was Laozi who said that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. Today is that first step," Sexton said.

One education commentator sounded a cautionary note. Xiong Bingqi said: "Joint institutes may soon lose their distinctive characteristics and become another domestic university."

He added: "Setting up joint institutes is not enough. Overseas universities should be allowed to launch their independent campus in the country to promote the development of domestic education."


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