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Shanghai offers students an unparalleled opportunity to experience China in a city undergoing economic rebirth and revitalization. Shanghai is the place to be to witness the economic and socio-cultural transformations of modern China (as well as to observe the disparities that remain). Shanghai has traditionally been one of the most important financial and business centers of Asia, and is becoming known as "the Wall Street of the East". After the Second World War and the establishment of the People's Republic of China, foreign investment was discouraged. Today, however, Shanghai is again a multinational hub of finance and business and one of the world's major financial centers.
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Shanghai is a remarkable phenomenon in the evolution of global metropolises today. There is no place like this once sleepy fishing town which has become the largest city in China and the country's most important commercial, financial, and industrial center. One must experience Shanghai to begin to comprehend this diverse and constantly changing nation. Pudong (in eastern Shanghai) was the site of the 2010 World Expo. The entire city is still buzzing with excitement about welcoming 73 million domestic and international visitors.
The Alliance's International Business program is located on Shanghai University of Finance Economics' (SUFE) Zhongshan Bei Yi Lu campus (中山北一路校区) in the heart of the densely populated residential streets of Shanghai's Hongkou District (虹口区), characterized by walkable neighborhoods with an array of small shops, food markets, and other amenities. Students are conveniently close to Chi Feng Road Light Rail Station (赤峰路站) and numerous bus lines serving all parts of the city.
One rail stop away lies Hongkou Football Stadium station (虹口足球场)−another bustling area of shops, historic streets, beautiful older homes, and Lu Xun Park and memorial−a great place for early morning exercise with the locals. Traces of early 20th Century history are still evident in this part of the city but for those lured by the neighborhood's modern comforts, Hongkou's busy shopping district is nearby stretching from Sichuan Bei Lu (Sichuan North Road 四川北路) all the way to Suzhou Creek and the city center. It is a great place to spend an afternoon, people watch, and find just about anything you need.
The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (上海财经大学), founded in 1917, is a multi-dimensional university with a core focus on applied economics and management and offering majors in law, philosophy, as well as humanities. SUFE, home to 24,000 students on two campuses, is administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education and has recently been selected as one of the "21st Century's Key Universities in China." It is the number one ranked finance and economics university in China. Alliance classes are based at SUFE’s International Cultural Exchange School (ICES). ICES is devoted to the education of foreign students and aims to train students with a background in international economics or management.