About Hangzhou Normal University
Founded as a teacher training school in 1908, Hangzhou Normal University has a history of over 100 years, which has bestowed the institution with a glorious tradition of producing first-rate teachers and educators at different levels for the whole Chinese nation. Through a century’s development, the University has now become a comprehensive institution of higher education with a full spectrum of disciplines, covering such areas as arts and sciences, humanities, education, music, engineering, information technology, business, law, medicine and nursing.
Hangzhou Normal University currently offers about 60 undergraduate programs and over 80 graduate programs conducted in its 2 faculties and 19 schools. Its total enrollment in 2011 includes over 20,000 full-time undergraduate students and over 1,600 graduate students, who have been receiving a distinctive quality education that will enable them to build a future of professional, intellectual and personal success, capable of leadership in different areas, whether it be political, cultural, economic or academic.
While maintaining its honored tradition of excellence in education, the University has been attaching equal importance to research, with a faculty capable of undertaking research projects in different areas, both basic and applied, to address pressing issues and challenges in economic development and social progress of today and in the future for the region, the nation and the world.
Thanks to the exceptionally strong support from governments at different levels in China, Hangzhou Normal University has in the past few years been making remarkable advancement towards its goal of developing into an institution on a par with the 1st-rate ones in the nation whose education, research and service are of reputable excellence and high distinction not only locally but also globally. To achieve such an ambitious goal, the University has been making painstaking efforts in globalization, by forming partnerships with universities, research institutions, governmental organizations and industries from different parts of the world, by engaging and retaining outstanding scholars with international fame to offer courses to its students here, by encouraging its students to study abroad and at the same time welcoming students from abroad to its campuses here, by supporting its faculty members to collaborate with international counterparts in various academic projects.
This portal is a road map to the diversity of the intellectual opportunities available at Hangzhou Normal University. It is both a comprehensive guide to the institution’s academic programs and a testament to its achievements and aspirations. We sincerely hope that the information you find here will finally bring you to this university, located in Hangzhou, a world-famous tourist resort known for its rich cultural heritage as well as breath-taking natural beauty and the capital of Zhejiang Province where miracle-like economic growth has been felt for over 30 years.
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Hangzhou (City Panorama) is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in China. Though it has been through many recent economic and technological developments, it still remains its historic beauty and cultural heritage. The city’s West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site, attracts tourists from both home and abroad all year round. Twinned with nearly 20 cities around the world, Hangzhou is one of the most modern and vibrant cities to live in.
With a number of means of transport at your disposal, getting around the city is super easy. Do not feel like taking the metro to visit the scenery spots in the city? Then you can always bike there. Want to tour around a nearby city on weekends? Train rides are probably what you’d be looking for. Cities of Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou are all just within hours’ distance by train or car.
Arts & culture
Hangzhou’s cultural richness constantly surprises you. Three of China’s most important museums, China National Silk Museum, China National Tea Museum, Zhejiang Provincial Museum are all located in Hangzhou. If you are interested in opera, then you’ve come to the right place for there are lots of theaters in Hangzhou giving performance of opera shows!
Hangzhou is a culinary paradise with a large number of delicious dishes. Hangzhou’s local cuisine enjoys a nation-wide reputation and dishes prepared in its style are reputed to be “fresh, tender, soft and smooth, with a mellow fragrance”. Some of the better-known examples of Hangzhou’s regional cuisine are: West Lake Fish in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Dongpo Pork, Beggar’s Chicken, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea, and Hangzhou Soy-sauce Duck. Sounds interesting? Behind these dishes, there always seems to be a beautiful story linked with a historical figure in Hangzhou. In addition to the traditional Hangzhou food or Chinese cuisine, plenty of restaurants offer south-eastern or western-style food. In Hangzhou, you never have to worry about going hungry.