Leave it to New York University, the second-largest property holder in New York, to be one of the first American institutions to try and design a building here just for them. According to the student paper, Washington Square News, NYU is coming to Shanghai in full force.
Currently, there is an NYU study abroad program here in Shanghai located out of East China Normal University. Like most American programs here, it’s more of a one-year in a foreign country deal where students learn the language and take courses they hope will help them graduate on time back in New York.
But the school now wants something more solid – a full degree granting program located in Pudong.
From Washington Square News:
NYU Shanghai would be a degree-granting campus in the city’s Pudong district. Last month, NYU submitted a proposal to Shanghai and the district of Pudong, which together would fund the project. The university is currently awaiting a response from its Chinese partners; administrators say that could come “any day now.”
NYU assured WSN that the university’s Chinese partners are very committed to the program. NYU’s associates in China have agreed to fund the salary of an associate vice chancellor for Asia at NYU, R. May Lee, to handle the university’s negotiations with the Chinese parties.
NYU Shanghai, the school’s expected third degree-granting campus, would “secure the global network,” NYU provost David McLaughlin said.
They don’t say exactly where in Pudong it’ll be located, though one person mentions that it’ll be “downtown” (perhaps Lujiazui? Where is there space left to build there?) and that “NYU Shanghai would exist as a “vertical campus,” in a building built specifically for this purpose. The campus tower would be a new development and NYU would have a hand in designing it.”
Already, one East Asian studies professor has complained about the dearth of culture there (and China’s human rights record and won’t somebody think of the migrant workers?!), but luckily, the chances that NYU will dedicate too much of the building space to liberal sap degrees like hers are pretty slim. Considering the general make up of their current study abroad students, it’s all going to be kids trying to get business degrees.
And as one of these Sternies argued, “If I wanted to go to what Shanghai is going to be, I’d go to Pudong.”
Great. Stay there, please.