New York University
Since 2013, thanks to a unique collaboration with East China Normal University, NYU Shanghai students have been gaining a deep, and deeply personal, understanding of global player China. Last May the inaugural class of 300 departed with degrees in any of 18 undergraduate majors (ranging alphabetically from biology to social science), plus a required proficiency in Chinese. Today approximately 1,130 students, roughly half Chinese nationals and half from other countries around the world, are expanding their minds in a 15-story, 550,000-square-foot building on Century Avenue, a wide, tree-lined thoroughfare in the city’s Pudong district. The structure houses classrooms, labs, a library, an auditorium, a theater, and a music and arts hall. While it’s impossible to convey the NYU Shanghai experience without setting foot on campus, the following photo essay gives it the old college try.
Reporting and Photographs by Kate Lord