New York University Comes To Shanghai

Hoping to initiate the “catfish effect,” NYU will be the first American university to open a branch in China.

NYU Shanghai will be an entity operated by both NYU’s administration and China’s Shanghai-based East China Normal University (ECNU). The venture represents a trend that we have seen in the Arabian Gulf, where American and European educational institutions are brought in to elevate educational standards, and be paid handsomely for it.

In terms of making a splash, educational experts in China are optimistic about how foreign universities will impact educational reform at large:

“Educational experts hope that the introduction of foreign education resources can bring about the “catfish effect”. As a result, competition can prompt domestic universities, which have been criticized for bureaucracy and academic plagiarism, to carry out reforms.”

The university is expecting to admit some 3,000 Chinese and international students in the future, most of whom will be undergraduate students. There are many positive aspects to the initiative; class size will be small, the faculty-student ratio will be 1:8, twice the average of other Chinese universities, and finally, students will have the ability to study abroad in NYU’s branches in Abu Dhabi, London, and New York.

East China Normal University (ECNU)

[via Xin Hua News]

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