Donghua University

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Donghua University
Donghua University logo.png
Former names

East China Institute of Textile Technology (1951-1985) ;

China Textile University (1985-1999)
Motto 崇德博学, 励志尚实
Motto in English
Virtue & Learning, Inspiration & Factuality
Type National
Established 1951
President Jiang Changjun
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 28,497
Undergraduates 14664
Postgraduates 5337
Other students
4774 foreign students
Location Shanghai,  China
Campus Changning District and Songjiang District, Shanghai

Donghua University (simplified Chinese: 东华大学; traditional Chinese: 東華大學; pinyin: Dōnghuá Dàxué) ( Donghua means eastern China area in Chinese ) is a public research university in Shanghai, China.[1] Established in 1951, DHU is one of the state-key universities directly under the Ministry of Education of China and is a member of China's Project 211 group of national universities. It is especially well known for its engineering, business and management, design and materials disciplines.[2]

Specifically, the distinguished departments including fashion design, textile engineering, international trade, material science, and information technology have been consistently ranked highly in China.


Founded in June 1951, Donghua University was originally named East China Institute of Textile Technology (华东纺织工学院).[3] In September 1985, the university changed its name to China Textile University (中国纺织大学) and changed it once again to Donghua University in August 1999. It has been a national key university since 1960 and was one of the first educational institutions in China authorized to confer all three levels of degree: bachelor's, master's, and doctorate.


DHU is a multi-disciplinary university with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a vast field of disciplines including engineering, economics, management, literature and art, laws, science, and education. It has 14 colleges and schools, offering 54 undergraduate programs, 61 master's degree programs, 30 doctoral degree programs, and five postdoctoral research programs, among which are six state key disciplines and seven Shanghai municipal key disciplines. Academic achievements have found applications in areas such as aeronautics, military science, new material, architecture, and environment protection.


Donghua University has 14 colleges:

  • College of Textile Engineering
  • College of Fashion & Art Design
  • College of Material Science & Engineering
  • Glorious-Sun School of Business & Management
  • College of Mechanical Engineering
  • College of Information Science & Technology
  • College of Computer Science & Technology
  • College of Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • College of Environmental Science & Engineering
  • College of Sciences
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Foreign Languages
  • International Cultural Exchange School
  • Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation

Scientific research[edit]

Backed by state-key disciplines including textile engineering, material science, textile chemistry and dyeing & finishing engineering, fashion design and engineering, Donghua University concentrates its efforts on cross-disciplinary work. It endeavors to develop advantageous traditional disciplines as well as newly established disciplines. Supported by the scientific innovation bases like state-key laboratories and the National University Science Park (which cover the whole textile industry chain), Donghua University actively engages in scientific research. It combines education with research and industry, and serves the nation's and Shanghai's economic construction and social development. Research projects have won the National Award for Advancement in Science and Technology, the National Award for invention, and provincial as well as ministry-level awards for advancement in science and technology.

Research projects, such as "Development of Protective Materials for the Surface of Space Suits", have been awarded the annual Ten Major Science Achievements of All Universities in China. Research achievements have been applied in many fields such as textile, new materials, aviation and spaceflight, agriculture, architecture, information, environmental protection, medical and health care.


The university has an enrollment of about 30,000 students and a faculty and staff of over 2,700, including seven academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, two professors specially engaged as Changjiang scholars, and about 800 professors and associate professors.


Known as the cradle for textile professionals in China, Donghua University adheres to an ethos of "strictness, diligence, concreteness and innovation" and implements the idea that "all-round development of students is the center of everything". It aims to educate talents of ability and moral integrity. In recent years Donghua University has carried out curriculum reform on the credit system. Based on common-sense education, it carries out "specialist education with broad coverage and flexibility." Individual competence-based instruction has been offered to those who have more capabilities.

In the past few years, students of Donghua have won awards and prizes in national and international competitions including the International Collegiate Programming Contest, American Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), Challenge Cup Chinese Collegiate Business Plan Competition, National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest and CCTV Cup National Model Contest.


Donghua University has established cooperative relationships with more than 60 higher education institutions and well-known enterprises around the world. International students from 83 countries have graduated from the university. The university is steadily developing joint programs such as Donghua-Carleton IMBA, Sino-German education for bachelor's degree of Light Chemical Engineering, and Sino-Japan education for bachelor's degree in Fashion Design & Engineering.

Donghua has successfully hosted international conferences such as the International Fashion Forum of the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival and the 83rd World Conference of Textile Institutes.

International Students[edit]

As early as 1954, DHU commenced to accept international students who were among the first group of overseas students enrolled by Chinese universities. In 2016, DHU has brought up 4774 international students from over 138 countries. Almost all of the undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs are open to international students. Also, many non-degree programs including Chinese language programs, Degree-Preparation program, advanced study programs, and a variety of short-term programs are available to international students.


Donghua University has two campuses: one in Changning District and the other in Songjiang District in Shanghai. Most bachelor courses are taken in Songjiang district.[4]


  1. ^ "Brief Introduction". Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Key Disciplines". Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  3. ^ "History of Donghua University (1)". Retrieved 2018-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Map and Direction". Retrieved 2018-01-12. 

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Coordinates: 31°12′13″N 121°24′51″E / 31.2035°N 121.4143°E / 31.2035; 121.4143