Monday, January 14, 2013

The Superintendent Chronicle: A Week in Review

Greetings from Shanghai, China

Dr. Smiley and I arrived in China on Thursday January 10, 2013 after 17 hours of travel including 14 hours in the air, two on the bus and 1 hour in a car.  We were met at the airport by staff of East China Normal University and they graciously paid for our hotel stay and meals while we are in their city.

Let me tell you a bit about this large metropolis. Shanghai is the largest city by population in the People's Republic of China  and the largest city proper by population in the world. It is one of the four province-level municipalities of the PRC, with a total population of over 23 million as of 2010.   It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world. 

Located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The municipality borders Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces to the west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea. 

Shanghai is a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Lujiazui skyline. It has been described as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China. 

East China Normal University located in Shanghai is commonly referred to as ECNU and is a public research university. Established in 1951, it is the first national normal university of People's Republic of China.

Originally founded to train school teachers, the university is now an institution training researchers, professors, high-level civil servants, as well as business and political leaders. Sponsored by the national program "Project 211" and "Project 985", it is a staunch force in the nation's research in the humanities, social sciences and technology innovation.

ECNU is a national renowned university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of China and sponsored by the prestigious national program "Project 211" and "Project 985". Boasting one of the most beautiful university campuses in China, ECNU is reputed as the "garden university".

The university sponsors or supervises publication of more than 20 academic journals and periodicals. The library collection exceeds 4,000,000 volumes. 19 primary or secondary schools are affiliated to the university.

The development and transformation of the country and the modernized international metropolis of Shanghai brings huge opportunities to the university for its progress. ECNU is working its way up enthusiastically and steadfastly toward the goal of establishing itself as "an internationally renowned high-level research university".

International partnerships

ECNU attaches great importance to the internationalization in its development and enjoys a wide influence and reputation in the world. The university has established strategic cooperative partnership with many world-renowned universities, such as ENS Group in France, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University in USA, Tokyo University and Kobe University in Japan, and the University of Melbourne in Australia, etc., and has been carrying out academic exchanges with over 150 universities and institutions of Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, Canada, Australia, Korea, and Russia, etc. ECNU plays host to a CIEE satellite campus, where 100 American college students study abroad each semester. It set up the study and training base for international Chinese teacher under the Office of Chinese language.

It is with this East China Normal University that the School District of Janesville is attempting to set up a strategic alliance.  

More to come…..

Parts of this overview are taken from Wikipedia.

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