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NYU Shanghai to Double Size With New Campus in 2022

A campus will be built at NYU Shanghai that will allow for an additional 4,000 students to enroll at the global site.
Tony Wu
An aerial view of Shanghai. (Photo by Tony Wu)

A lab, library and athletic center are a few upgrades that will be included in a new campus at NYU Shanghai planned for 2022, according to a press release by the university.

Located at Pudong’s Qiantan district in Shanghai, the campus will be in an up-and-coming area that is home to both residential and commercial buildings. It will be almost 1,230,000 square feet, allowing NYU Shanghai to double its classroom space and increase the current 1,300 student body by 4,000. The 10-story campus will be home to both graduate and undergraduate students, with areas open to the public, too.

NYU President Andrew Hamilton spoke about it using his standard catchphrase for the Washington Square campus, calling it “in and of the city.”

“[NYU] has a strong tradition of being a university without walls and also being very integrated with its host city,” Hamilton said in the press release.

A new 16,000-foot library will be one feature of the new campus, as well as more lab, research and athletic space.

NYU Shanghai rising junior Chris Nelson said that he has mixed feelings about the new campus, but many of his friends feel that the added space will be beneficial to current students.

Nelson worries business students who are placed in the newer campus may miss out on opportunities.

“The only real loss is we have such a high percentage of business students and being where we are they’re right in the heart of the business district,” Nelson said. “I think that’ll be a bummer for business students, in particular.”

Nelson did voice support for the collaboration between students and developers when planning the campus. The project was the first in China to be awarded Honors for Excellence in Planning a New Campus from the Society for College and University Planning.

With an increase in size, Nelson is also concerned that NYU Shanghai may lose its small-school atmosphere, but is hopeful.

“I think that can still be maintained considering the maximum capacity of the new building is going to be around 4,000 students, which is still very small,” Nelson said. “So, I think that very tight-knit community, I don’t think there will be a problem maintaining that at the new campus.”

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, print edition. Email Victor Porcelli at [email protected].

About the Contributors
Victor Porcelli, News Editor
Victor Porcelli is a junior studying Public Policy. He's from Central Jersey, the existence of which he will vehemently defend. Outside of journalism, he likes romcoms and ... he can't think of anything else. He aspires to becoming verified on twitter so follow him @victor_porcelli.
Tony Wu, Deputy Photo Editor
Tony Wu is the Deputy Photo Editor for Washington Square News. He is a sophomore majoring in media, culture, and communication. He is from southern China and speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin. When he is not working (or when he is), he reads a lot of news, mostly about politics or technology, on his phone. He can’t stand messy computers, will attempt to install useful automation tools on them and gets agitated when he can’t do so. He came to New York City because he is obsessed with cities, specifically, the subway system, and because he feels peaceful whenever he blends into the moving pedestrians. He hates Arial.
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