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Anglo-Chinese College of Shanghai

The Anglo-Chinese College was a school founded in the latter half of the 19th century by Young John Allen, who was a Christian missionary. It was located in Shanghai.

In 1881, Young John Allen, who had been very famous at that time, set up the first division of the college in Shanghai. And at that time, it was called Linhua College. The next year, he founded the second division of the college in Shanghai. The lessons were mainly taught by missionaries. Then he collected donations in the U.S. and bought a land of about 35 mu (2.3 hectares). Thus he could combine the two divisions into the Anglo-Chinese College.

The length of schooling was 8 years in 3 stages. Students would learn Chinese, phonetics, English, history, geography, algebra, physics, chemistry, astronomy, mechanics and so on. Generally speaking, a student could graduate in 6 years. If the student wanted to go on with the study, he/she could choose to major in navigation, survey, international law, physiology, or economics, etc.

At the beginning of the 20th century, most of the qualified personnel in China's customs, postal service, railway as well as industry and commerce were graduated from this college. Young John Allen held enlightened principles in running education. Students could even freely deliver patriotic speeches. In 1911, the college was merged into Soochow University in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province.

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