Donghua University is directly under the Ministry of Education, it is a National University of “211 Project” and “Double First-Class” project. After nearly 70 years of effort, the university has developed from a single textile college to a well-established national key university with specialties in engineering, science, management, culture, and arts.
Founded in 1951, the school was named as East China Textile Institute of Technology, one of the first textile institute of higher learning in China. In 1985, the University name was changed to China Textile University. In 1995, it was entitled for the University of 211 Project, and in 1999, the name was once again changed to Donghua University which is same as present.
In 2017, DHU was selected as one of the "Double First-Class" university with textile science and engineering as its major discipline. In recent years, DHU has built a new regulation pattern and adopted the characteristic of textile as the core material. Academic achievements have found applications in wide areas such as aeronautics, military science, architecture, and environmental protection.
The university promotes research and is actively engaged in increasing its co-operation with other universities and has established good cooperative relations with more than 100 research institutions, and enterprises in the world. In 2010 “Donghua University” was approved by the Ministry of Education for the "20+20 Cooperation Plan for Chinese and African Universities", and established the first Confucius Institute featuring textile and clothing with Moi University in Kenya.
In 2018, Donghua University successfully held the “World Textile and Garment Education Conference”, and established the "One Belt and One Road" world textile university union consisting of 33 textile featured universities in 18 countries, which is also known as world textile university association with the largest number of participating member universities along with countries taking part in the “One Belt and One Road Initiative Projects".
In the future, Donghua University will set up it roots in China, integrate with foreign countries comprehensively strengthening the construction of "Double First-Class Projects" and to make unremitting efforts to realize the goal of "A First-Class University” in China as well as Internationally.