East China Normal University (ECNU) was founded in October 1951. It is one of China’s key universities under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education. It was also supported by the prestigious national program “Project 211” and “Project 985”. It has 19 schools and colleges and 5 research institutes. In 2011, ECNU ranked 27 among the top 50 Chinese universities.
Shanghai University was founded in 1922. It is one of China's top 50 Universities. The University has 28 schools and 2 independent departments, with 68 undergraduate programs, 131 master programs, 17 engineering master programs, 35 PhD programs and 1 MBA program. Shanghai University has established close links with more than 20 foreign universities. Currently over 2,400 international students from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America are studing in Shanghai University.
Beihang University is a member of China's Project 211 and Project 985 group of key state universities. the university was founded in 1952. It is regarded as one of the best engineering universities in China and has a great influence on China's aeronautical and astronautical industry. It also covers diverse fields including liberal arts, law, economics, management, philosophy, foreign languages and education.
As a major university under the direct leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Education, BFSU is not only the oldest, but also the one that offers more foreign language programs than any other universities in China. It serves as a national centre for teaching and research on foreign languages, literature, cultures and international studies, and as a major training centre for foreign language personnel, especially senior interpreters and translators.