The NYU Shanghai Vision
NYU Shanghai exemplifies the highest ideals of contemporary higher education by uniting the intellectual resources of New York University’s global network with the multidimensional richness of China. NYU Shanghai guides students toward academic and moral excellence, prepares them for leadership in all walks of life, and contributes to the endless quest for new insights into the human condition and the natural world.
NYU Shanghai operates in accordance with the values of curiosity, rigor, integrity, respect, harmony, responsibility, and deep engagement with all humanity.
In teaching, NYU Shanghai aspires to prepare its students for lives of discovery, satisfaction, and contribution. Students at NYU Shanghai will study with world-class faculty who nurture their capacity for original, rigorous, and critical thinking and with diverse and intellectually gifted classmates. They will pursue a liberal arts and sciences education in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics, while immersing themselves in English, the language of international communication. They will master cross-cultural skills in a community where half of the student body hail from China and half represent countries from around the world. Finally, NYU Shanghai students will learn the role that great cities play in human progress and the interdependent relationship between China and other countries.
In research, NYU Shanghai aspires to produce original, rigorous, and important insights across a broad set of academic domains. Such insights do more than extend existing knowledge in predictable ways; they provide fresh understanding that is fully consistent with our observations and, at the same time, promise to have a significant influence on the thinking of others.
In public service, NYU Shanghai aspires to promote healthy development within the many communities it inhabits. It strives to be a responsible actor in the individual lives of students, teachers, and staff; in the local neighborhoods that surround its campus, the district of Pudong, the city of Shanghai, and the nation of China; in East China Normal University, in New York University; in the interdependent society of humankind, and in a truly global ecosystem.