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Donghua University

Donghua University
East-China Textile Institute of Science and Technology, China Textile University
Motto 崇德博学, 励志尚实
Established 1951
Type National
President Xu Mingzhi
Students 30,000
Undergraduates 20,000
Postgraduates 6,000
4.000 foreign students
Location Shanghai,  China
Campus Changning District and Songjiang District, Shanghai

Donghua University (simplified Chinese: 东华大学; traditional Chinese: 東華大學; pinyin: Dōnghuá Dàxué) is a public research university in Shanghai, China. Established in 1951, it is a member of China's Project 211 group of national key universities, with a heavy focus on high level technological and scientific research. Among its various departments it is especially well known for engineering, business, and textile design, among which its fashion design, textile engineering, international trade, material science, and information technology departments have been consistently ranked highly in China for decades.


  • History 1
  • Academic development 2
  • Education standards 3
  • Scientific research 4
  • Exchange and cooperation 5


Founded in June 1951, Donghua University was originally named East-China Textile Institute of Science and Technology (华东纺织工学院). In September 1985, the university changed its name to China Textile University (中国纺织大学) and changed it once again to Donghua University in August 1999. It has been a state-key university since 1960 and was one of the first educational institutions in China authorized to confer all three levels of degree: bachelor's, master's, and doctorate.

Academic development

DHU is a multi-disciplinary university with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a vast field of disciplines including engineering, economics, management, literature and art, laws, science, and education. It has 12 colleges and schools, offering 54 undergraduate programs, 61 master’s degree programs, 30 doctoral degree programs, and five postdoctoral research programs, among which are 6 state key disciplines and 7 Shanghai municipal key disciplines. Academic achievements have found applications in areas such as aeronautics, military science, new material, architecture, and environment protection. The number of valid patents ranks top 12 among Chinese colleges and universities.

Donghua University has 12 colleges:

  • College of Textiles
  • College of Fashion & Art Design
  • College of Material Science & Engineering
  • Glorious-Sun School of Business & Management
  • College of Mechanical Engineering
  • College of Information Science & Technology
  • College of Computer Science & Technology
  • College of Environmental Science & Engineering
  • College of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
  • College of Foreign Languages
  • College of Basic Sciences
  • College of Humanities

The university has a total enrolment of over 21,000 students and a faculty and staff of over 2,700, including seven academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, two professors specially engaged as Changjiang scholars and about 800 professors and associate professors.

Education standards

Known as the cradle for textile professionals in China, Donghua University adheres to an ethos of "strictness, diligence, concreteness and innovation" and implements the idea that "all-round development of students is the center of everything". Donghua University is the one of "211 Colleges" in China, which indicates the high standard of its education. It aims to educate talents of ability and moral integrity. In recent years Donghua University has carried out curriculum reform on the credit system. Based on common-sense education, it carries out "specialist education with broad coverage and flexibility" to all the students. Individual competence-based instruction has been offered to those who have more capabilities.

In the past few years, students of Donghua have won awards and prizes in such national and international competitions including the International Collegiate Programming Contest, American Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), Challenge Cup Chinese Collegiate Business Plan Competition, National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest and CCTV Cup National Model Contest.

The employment rate for postgraduate students has reached 100% for six successive years. In 2003 and 2004, the employment rates for graduates were 97.07% and 98.30% respectively, while the rates for graduates from the vocational college reached 97.90% and 98.80% separately.

Scientific research

Backed up by state-key disciplines including textile engineering, material science, textile chemistry and dyeing & finishing engineering, fashion design and engineering, Donghua University concentrates its efforts on cross-disciplinary work, and endeavors to develop advantageous traditional disciplines as well as newly established disciplines. Supported by the scientific innovation bases like state key laboratories and the National University Science Park, which cover the whole textile industry chain, Donghua University actively engages herself in scientific research. It combines education with research and industry, and serves the nation’s and Shanghai’s economic construction as well as social development. Research projects have won the National Award for Advancement in Science and Technology, the National Award for invention, and provincial as well as ministry-level awards for advancement in science and technology.

For three successive years, various research projects, such as "Development of Protective Materials for the Surface of Space Suits", have been awarded the annual Ten Major Science Achievements of All Universities in China. Research achievements have been applied in many fields such as textile, new materials, aviation and spaceflight, agriculture, architecture, information, environmental protection, medical and health care.

Exchange and cooperation

Donghua University has established cooperative relationships with more than 60 higher education institutions as well as well-known enterprises around the world. Overseas students from 83 countries have graduated from the university. The university is steadily developing joint programs such as Donghua-Carleton IMBA, Sino-German Education for bachelor's degree of Light Chemical Engineering, and Sino-Japan Education for bachelor's degree of Fashion Design & Engineering.

Donghua has successfully hosted international conferences such as the International Fashion Forum of

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