The NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai brings together scholars from the East China Normal University (ECNU) School of Social Development in Shanghai with the faculty members at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. The Institute aims to cultivate and produce high quality cross-national comparative studies focusing on both China and the United States with implications for social work practice and social policy. A founding principle of the Institute is that issues related to poverty and inequality are experienced in both countries, but are manifested in different ways in each society.
Poverty and inequality will serve as the guiding framework for research in three priority areas: migration and immigrants; children, youth, and families; and aging. Research in each of these areas will address issues such as economic, emotional, and physical well-being of individuals and families, including the contributing factors, contexts, and mechanisms that promote positive and healthy well-being.
The Institute will host regular seminars, workshops, and national and international conferences, and will provide on-the-job training to social workers and to the public. The Institute will also provide an educational curriculum at both ECNU and NYU for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral study. The first cohort of the MSW program will start in 2015.