Jointly established by New York University and East China Normal University, NYU Shanghai is NYU's third degree-granting campus, joining NYU Washington Square and NYU Abu Dhabi. It is also the first Sino-US joint venture university approved by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. NYU Shanghai welcomed its first class of undergraduates in fall 2013.
A state-of-the-art academic building in Pudong opened in August 2014. Fifteen stories tall, the building contains an expansive library, a 300-seat auditorium, a 150-person colloquium space, and kitchen and dining facilities. Also generously equipped with classrooms capable of accommodating varying class sizes, dedicated floors for teaching and practical laboratories for various sciences, intimate study spaces, and faculty and administrative offices, the building will function as a campus unto itself and as the center of a thriving academic community.