East China University of Science and Technology

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East China University of Science and Technology
ECUST university logo.png
Former names
East China Institute of Chemical Technology(1952-1993)
Motto in English
Diligence, Factuality, Aspiration and Virtue
Established1952; 68 years ago (1952)
PresidentQu Jingping (曲景平)
Academic staff
Studentsaround 25,000
Other students
1,358 foreign students
Location, ,
ColorsBlue and White          
NicknameHuali (华理)
East China University of Science and Technology Text Logo in English.svg
Data as of May 2017

East China University of Science and Technology (simplified Chinese: 华东理工大学; traditional Chinese: 華東理工大學; pinyin: Huádōng Lǐgōng Dàxué, English acronym ECUST) is a research university located in Shanghai, China. Originally established with a focus on chemical technology, it has evolved into a comprehensive university that covers all academic disciplines and offers a large variety of majors. It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.[1] The school encompasses two campuses and a science park in the Xuhui, Fengxian and Jinshan districts of Shanghai.

Xuhui Campus[edit]

The main campus is located on Meilong Road in Xuhui District, in the southwest of downtown Shanghai and 17 kilometers from Hongqiao Airport, with an area of approximately 415,000 m² and 21 dorms capable of accommodating 15,000 students. Most of the departments are easily reached from the Front Gate, behind which Pandeng Road directly leads to the Main Building. Out of the built-up space, classrooms take up 56,000 m² and laboratories 118,000 m². The campus houses the administrative offices of the university, Master's as well as PhD students, international exchange and language students, and is home to most of the research facilities.

The Middle School Affiliated To ECUST (华东理工大学附属中学), was established in 1992 and is located in the south of Xuhui district, not far from the main campus. It is attended by 1,200 middle and high school students.[2]



As a prominent research-intensive university established in 1952 and directly authorised by the Chinese Ministry of Education, the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) has been making every endeavour to furnish itself with world-class teaching and research capacity for the past few decades. It has a strong tradition of working with industries. The university is now developing into a multi-disciplinary higher educational institution with a balanced curriculum of science, engineering, economics, management, law, humanities and arts spread across 15 academic schools.[3]

The university offers 13 first level and 81 second level doctoral programs, 25 first level and 147 second level master programs and 65 undergraduate programs. The total number of full-time students has reached around 24,140, including 15,460 undergraduates, 7,110 postgraduates studying for master's degrees and 1,570 Ph.D. candidates.

Since 2007 the university has operated an exchange programme with Technical University of Applied Sciences Lübeck in Germany.[4] ECUST also operates a joint programme with L'École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie in Rennes[5] and a joint business school with Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu in Romania.[6]

University rankings
The U.S. News rankings ( 2017 )[7]
Best Global Universities 530
Best Global Universities in China 33
THE World University Rankings ( 2018 )[8] 601-800
QS World University Rankings ( 2018 )[9] 551-600
Academic Ranking of World Universities ( 2017 )[10] 301-400


Seven majors are distinguished as national key disciplines,[11] those include:

Essential Science Indicators (ESI) Subject Ranking

ECUST has six disciplines, including chemistry, materials science, engineering, biochemistry and biology, agricultural science, and pharmacology and toxicology ranked among the global top 1% by the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) subject ranking, and specifically, its chemistry program is ranked among the global top 1‰. According to 2016 Nature Index data, ECUST is the world’s top 34th academic institution in chemistry (based on weighted fractional count from January to December 2016).[12]


The university departments are organized in 15 academic schools:

Besides those main academic schools, the university features a School of Online Education, the College of International Education, the College of Continuing Education, the Sino-German College of Technology, International College of Engineering and a Marxism Institute.

International Cooperation[edit]

Long-term academic relationships have been established with more than 60 universities, enterprises, and research institutes all over the world. The following degrees are offered jointly with partner universities:[13]

Library & University Press[edit]


The Library of East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST) was established in 1952 and is placed under direct auspice of the Ministry of Education of People's Republic of China. Starting with the collections of the different departments that initially made up the foundation of the college, it has developed into a research library for multiple disciplines ranging from chemistry and chemical engineering to natural sciences, engineering, management and liberal arts.

The library system of ECUST encompasses three branches among the major campuses. The library in Xuhui, built in 1987, houses most of the book collections, while the new nine-story library in Fengxian marks the center of the new campus and is geared towards undergraduate students. Together, they cover a floor space of almost 46,000 m² and offer 3,500 seats in the reading rooms. Electronic resources are abundant, with databases shared among several university library systems and access to academic journals. In total, more than 2,600,000 books and publications are available. The university maintains subscriptions for over 2,000 foreign journals in print and over 30,000 in digital form. There is also a library in its Jinshan Campus, storing many books with a low usage.

The library is open each day of the week except on national holidays.

The library is a member of the Shanghai Library system and one of its main nodes where inter-library loan is possible. It plays an active part in the theory and practice of teaching literature search that have been set up at ECUST. In 2004, with the introduction of a master's degree in Information Science, this role was further strengthened. Also on offer are services to students and the wider public, including, but not limited to, a language training center and the provision of teaching material in foreign languages, a center for the distribution of cultural resources and book consulting services both in-person and online.[14]

University Press

The East China University of Technology University Press, founded in 1986, focuses on publications in the technical and social sciences as well as foreign languages and elementary education.

Campus scenery[edit]


  1. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".
  2. ^ "学校简介". Middle School Affiliated to ECUST. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "About East China University Science and Technology l Times Higher Education".
  4. ^ "TH Lübeck begrüßt neue ECUST- Studierende" (in German). owc Verlag für Außenwirtschaft GmbH. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ "International". L'École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  6. ^ "China, Romania unveils first joint business school". Xinhua. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  7. ^ "US News Education l Best Global Universities".
  8. ^ "Times Higher Education".
  9. ^ "QS World Universities".
  10. ^ "Shanghai Ranking".
  11. ^ "Key Disciplines". www.ecust.edu.cn. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  12. ^ "East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China | Institution outputs | Nature Index". www.natureindex.com. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  13. ^ "Joint Program". ECUST. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  14. ^ "本馆简介". ECUST. Retrieved May 23, 2015.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°08′35″N 121°25′30″E / 31.14306°N 121.42500°E / 31.14306; 121.42500