East China University of Science and Technology , originally named East China Institute of Chemical Technology (华东化工学院）, was founded in 1952. It was the first single-subject institute in China, consolidated by the chemistry departments of National Chiaotung University, Université d'Aurora, Utopia University, Soochow University, and Yangtze University. It was designated as a national key university by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in 1960 and renamed to its current name in 1993. With the effort of half a century, the University has developed itself into a national key university with technology as the major subject, distinct characteristics of each subject and a coordinated development of subjects including technology, science, economics, administration, humanities and law. It has set up a new running system managed jointly by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, Shanghai Municipal Government and the Sinopec Group. It has become one of the key universities in the national 211 project.
ECUST has three campuses now, one in Xuhui District, and one in Jinshan District and another in Fengxian District. As one of Shanghai’s Garden Units, the university has beautiful campuses, occupying an area of more than 1.768 million square meters in total with elegant environment and greenery sceneries. Buildings on campuses cover about 513 thousand square meters, including some standard physical training establishments like gymnasium, swimming pool and plastic ground track field and so on. The university library possesses 2.1 million books, 17 thousand kinds of periodical, some 20 kinds of CD data-base like CA & EI and the complete American patent minimized films. ECUST is the head of information cooperation networks among Academics of Chemical Technology around China, the Shanghai branch of Beijing Library CD Information Center, the Workstation of Scientific Program Consultation and Innovation Investigation Center of the Education Ministry, the Center of Foreign Language Textbooks in Shanghai etc. The Analyzing & Testing Center and Jewellery Inspecting Center boast national authorized computation & attestation centers.
The university has 15 Academic Schools at present,
Besides, it also has School of Online Education, College of International Education' College of Continuing Education, Sino-German College of Technology , Department of Excellent Students in Science and Technology and Institute of Literae Humaniores
Academic fields of ECUST cover eleven branches and thirty-eight subjects. The university now has 53 specialties for undergraduate studies, and it is entitled to confer master’s degrees in 121 programs, doctoral degrees in 44 programs, 'Master of Engineering' Degrees in 18 programs as well as the MBA program, MPA program, Normal Degree program for College Teachers and 7 post-doctoral centers. There are 7 national key subjects and 10 Shanghai key subjects among the ECUST academic units. At present, the total number of full time students has reached over 25600 including 16680 undergraduates, 5883 postgraduates for master's degrees, 1075 Ph.D. candidates and 1490 postgraduates for MBA, MPA and Master of Engineering programs ; Furthermore, there are 22,700 students in both College of Continuing Education and School of Online Education seeking bachelor’s degree.
Among its over 3,684 staff members and workers, there are 5 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering and another 18 adjunct members, 3 scientists-in-chief of 973(The National Basic Research Program) in China, 10 Cheung Kong Scholar ProgramProfessors, 11 national excellent scholars, 8 gainers of the Fund of National Outstanding Young Scientists, 11 gainers of the Fund of National Excellent Young Teacher, over 1,000 professors and associate professors. Besides, more and more young scholars are striding on their way to prosperity, among them 4 being granted Scientific Elites of Shanghai, 1 being granted youth of outstanding ability of Shanghai, 26 being selected as candidates in the Program of Outstanding Talents in the 21st Century, 5 being selected as first national candidates in the Program of Million-Talents in the 21st Century.
The university has a Research Park called ECUST Park which includes 53 academic institutes, 8 national academic bases and 14 provincial research bases. ECUST is among one of the six universities that are firstly authorized as the national technology transference centers. In recent years, 800 full-time and part-time researchers in ECUST have been conducting more than 800 research programs each year with their research fund rising from 100 million RMB in 2001 to 200 million in 2004 and to 300 million in 2007. Among more than 5,000 research programs from 1980 to 2005, 550 of them have been awarded, including 39 National Invention Awards and National Science Advancement Awards, 460 Provincial Science Advancement Awards and 480 Overseas Patents. New techniques are created here, namely the gasification of water, coal and plasm, ethanol obtaining from fibrin rejectamenta, resource-gaining by smog desulfurization, advanced evaporation of water, chlorine and stone, invention platform of microorganism albumen in large scale etc. A lot of new techniques have been industrialized and made great lucrative and social profits, including GMT compound material, fine carbon, manmade bone cement, SO2 reusing, dry coal powder-gasification, new self-control zymolysising kettle.
ECUST has attached great importance to international cooperation and communication and have established long term academic communication relationship with more than 60 universities , enterprises and research institutes in America, Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Canada and Korea.
Over 70,000 Students has graduated from ECUST since it was founded; nine of them have been selected as the members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, a lot of them have become the leaders in all levels of governments, and many have become experts in universities, scientific institutes and companies.