About Minnan Normal University
Minnan Normal University (website: http://www.mnnu.edu.cn/) is one of the leading universities in Fujian Province. The University is located in Zhangzhou City which is in the south-east of Fujian Province. The city is famous for its history and culture and known as “the land of food and flowers”. Minnan Normal University originated in College Teacher-training Course held by Longxi Teachers’ School in 1958. After several years’ development, it was named Fujian No.2 Normal College, which at that time became a counterpart of Fujian Normal College (now called Fujian Normal University). In April 2013, Zhangzhou Normal College changed its name to Minnan Normal University.
The university focuses on the education of undergraduates as its main body and actively further promotes postgraduate education. The university currently consists of 18 schools and departments. Students are enrolled in one of the 64 undergraduate programs, the 4 first class discipline master degree programs, the 30 second class discipline master degree programs, the 19 professional master degree programs of education or the 4 doctoral degree programs. The undergraduate and postgraduate matriculation is open to both Chinese and foreign students. The totality of students enrolled at present is about 20,500 including full-time undergraduate students and graduate students. Students study in ten major disciplines such as literature, history, economy, law, education, science, engineering, management, agriculture, and art.
The university firmly enforces the talents strategy and keeps to the principle of “training, attracting and hiring” to strengthen the construction of teaching staff, and gradually organizes a team of highly-educated, well-organized and vigorous teaching staff. It now has a high-level teaching faculty of 1,111, including 476 with senior professional titles and 281 having doctor’s degrees. Among the teachers, 2 of them were granted the Special Government Allowance of State Council and 7 are given the title of Minjiang Scholar.
The university also proceeds the international exchange and cooperation. It keeps good cooperative relationships with colleges and universities in the USA, the UK, Germany, Canada and so on. It established a series of cooperation programs with a number of colleges and education institutions from these countries, such as study programs with Guildford College and Northumbria University in the UK, study programs with Louisiana Tech University and Northeastern State University in the USA, value-added project for EU agricultural value chain of Wageningen University in Holland, BSK program in Germany and study programs with Shimane University and Nara Saho College in Japan.
Communication with Taiwan
The university makes full use of the distinctive advantages of Zhangzhou in the aspect of the region, resources, and historic culture to actively carry out researches in Minnan culture and Cross-straits exchange. It keeps in touch with Taiwan colleges and universities such as Tunghai University, Shih Hsin University, Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Pingtung University and Ming Chuan University. In addition, it established cooperative programs with six Taiwan universities so as to promote close communication with Taiwan colleges and universities.
Minnan Normal University covers a total area of 115.4 hectares (including buildings under construction). Teaching and research equipment is worth RMB 146.38 million. It has a collection of 2.2 million paper books. The campus network equipment is complete and advanced, covering the whole university.
About the City
Zhangzhou is a coastal city in southern Fujian province with an area of 12,600 square kilometers and a population of 480,000. It borders the cities of Quanzhou and Xiamen to the north, and the cities of Shantou and Chaozhou to the south. Zhangzhou has received a number of honors for its rich natural resources and cultural heritage, such as the titles of “National Historical and Cultural City”, “China’s Best Tourist City” and “Fujian Province’s Ecological City”. The city is also an ancestral home to one-third of Taiwan population.
This city enjoys a moderate weather all the year round, bearing the subtropical humid monsoon climate. Its annual average temperature reaches 21 degree centigrade (70 degree Fahrenheit).
The northern area is mountainous, and its southwestern end is adjacent to the sea. That is the main trends the terrain of the city slopes along. Jiulong River, the second largest river in Fujian, flows through the city, producing valleys and basins on the river banks. On the lower reaches of the Jiulong River lies the largest plain of the province, Zhangzhou Plain.
This city abounds with flowers and fruit. Daffodil, camellia and orchid growing here are of good quality. Fruits prolific are Mandarin Orange, lithe, banana, longan, grapefruit and pineapple. Boasting a spacious sea area, the city is also teeming with various sea products.