East China Normal University is a comprehensive research university sponsored by the country, supervised by the Ministry of Education, and jointly established by the Ministry of Education and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. The school was established on October 16, 1951, based on Daxia University (1924) and Guanghua University (1925). At the same time, it was transferred to some departments of St. John’s University, Fudan University, Tongji University and Zhejiang University. Founded on the original site of Daxia University. In 1959, the school was designated by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China as one of the 16 key colleges and universities in the country. In 1972, the school merged with Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai Sport University and other institutions and changed its name to Shanghai Normal University. In 1978, the school was again recognized as a national key university. In 1980, the school restored the name of East China Normal University. In 1986, the school was approved by the State Council to become one of the 33 higher education institutions that established graduate schools. In 1996, it was included in the "211 Project" national key construction university ranks. In 2006, the Ministry of Education and Shanghai decided to focus on the construction of East China Normal University, and the school entered the ranks of the national "985 Project" universities. In 2017, the school entered the ranks of the national world-class university construction colleges and universities, and fully embarked on a new journey to build a first-class university rooted in the land of China.
In order to strengthen the international schooling characteristics of East China Normal University, create an international education environment, and promote exchanges and cooperation with overseas universities, the Global Education Center of ECNU will hold the Australia International Study Program (AISP) from 2021. The Global Education Center of East China Normal University has a wealth of international courses and training experience. With high-quality and high-standard courses, it has accumulated a good reputation and rich experience in teaching quality, mutual recognition of credits, and student satisfaction with previous similar projects. During the three to five weeks of the program, in addition to high-quality courses, ECNU AISP will also use its spare time to organize various activities, lectures, and social and cultural experiences, allowing professors and students to enjoy a full and unforgettable time.