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10/1952  East China Institute of Chemical Technology was founded with the approval of the central government. It was the first single-subject chemical institute in China and was formed through the consolidation of the chemical departments of Jiaotong University, Aurora University, Utopia University, Soochou University and Jiangnan University. The institute was first located on 195 Zhengfa Rd, Jiangwan District in Shanghai, the campus of the former School of Science of Tongji University. Professor Zhang Jiangshu, a distinguished educator and highly accomplished chemist, was appointed as the President of the institute.

07/1954  Moved to the Meilong District. The campus had 38500 m2 in building space for classrooms, offices, and dormitories. 

11/1956  Received permission to admit graduate students. Simultaneously began to enroll international students.

10/1960  Promoted to one of the national key universities of the Ministry of Higher Education.

01/1965  The institute, Beijing University, Tsinghua University and Nanjing University were the four key universities ordered by the government to build branch campuses in the hinterland of China. The institute’s southwest branch was established in Zigong, Sichuan Province.

04/1972  Admission of students from all walks of life

12/1977  Admission of regular undergraduates and postgraduates after resumption of the National College Entrance Examination. 

11/1981  By the authority of the State Department, the university began to train  doctorate in Chemical Engineering and four other disciplines.

11/1985  Established the first batch of research stations that offer postdoctoral fellowships: Chemical Engineering Postdoc Station and Industrial Chemistry Postdoc Station.

02/1993  Be renamed as East China University of Science and Technology by approval  National Ministry of Education (ECUST).

campus view of ECUST

Campus view of ECUST

06/1996 Became one of the national "211 Project" universities.

06/2000  Tried to run Graduate School, which was formally established later in June 2004.

03/2002  Approved by Ministry of Education, School of Online Education of ECUST was established at East China University of science and Technology.

12/2005  Science Park at East China University of science and Technology was established.

02/2006  East China University of science and Technology     began to enroll  MPA students.

11/2006  School of International Education was established.07/2007  Fengxian campus was put into use