Introduction to Jiangxi Normal University
Jiangxi Normal University (JXNU) is located in the city of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, People’s Republic of China. The city of Nanchang has a profound historical and cultural heritage. Nanchang is known as a place of “nature’s treasures, and outstanding people”. Nanchang city is the capital of Jiangxi Province. Jiangxi (which means “river west”) is a province in south central China, located just south of the Yangtze River and west of China’s southern coastline. The city of Nanchang is located approximately 100 kilometers south of the Yangtze River and 550 kilometers west of China’s coast, and 900 kilometers north of Hong Kong. Nanchang is settled along the Gan River, which runs south to north through the heart of Jiangxi Province.
JXNU has two major campuses: the new campus on the southwest shore of Yao Lake, and the older campus which is located near Qingshan Lake close to the city’s center. The two campuses cover an area of approximately 560 acres ( or 2.26 square kilometers). There are more than 14 million square meters of constructed space, classrooms, office space, activity rooms, etc. The school has its origins in an academy named Lushan Bailudong (white deer cave at Mount Lu). It was located near historic Lu Mountain. Then in 1940 the National Chung Cheng University in Nanchang was created. In 1949, the college changed its name to National Nanchang University, then changed its name again in 1953 to Jiangxi Normal College. Finally, in 1983, the college became Jiangxi Normal University (JXNU).
Successive generations of scholars have passed along a torch of knowledge at Jiangxi Normal University. During this same time the university has continued to expand. The University students can study finance, literature, history, philosophy, economics, management, law, science, engineering, and education. Material from other disciplines is taught in one multi-disciplinary college. At JXNU, students study academics as well as prepare to become teachers and other professionals. Jiangxi Province’s political, economic, cultural and social development has been significantly enhanced by the university. JXNU is a provincial ‘key’ Comprehensive University and has been identified as a priority in the development of the province by the provincial government. The University has two post-doctoral research centers, 27 doctorate degree programs, 80 master’s degree programs, 11 professional master’s degree programs, and 68 undergraduate programs.
JXNU has 24 colleges and over 40,000 undergraduate students, 4,500 postgraduate and doctoral students, 10,000 adult higher education students attend this institution. The university has a staff of 2,900 people, of which 1,860 are full-time teachers.
Recently, JXNU has positively participated in international exchanges and has entered into cooperative agreements with colleges and universities from thirteen different countries, Taiwan Island and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. JXNU has agreements with colleges and universities located in Australia, Brazil, Britain, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. Our overseas contacts are continuing to grow. Within these fourteen countries, JXNU has co-operation agreements and friendly relationships with 50 universities and other institutions of higher education. Those schools include Australian schools Charles Stuart University and Central Queensland University. University of Sorocaba in Brazil. In Korea,Daegu Catholic University, Pai Chai University, Woosuk University, and Chosun University. In the United States, Wisconsin Lutheran College. In Japan, Okayama Shoka University, Kagawa University, and Gifu Keizai University. In Thailand, Prince of Songkla University, and Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University. In Indonesia, the Beijing Language and Culture Institute. Finally in England, University of Teesside, University of Salford, and Leicester University. JXNU continues to enlarge the number of partnership colleges and universities.
Our cooperation agreements include teacher-student exchange projects, a sharing of knowledge and resources, and mutual recognition of scholastic credits. With the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar, JXNU helped build and staff the country’s first Confucius Institute. Jiangxi Normal University also employs a number of foreign teachers, including Constance Gibson who won the national “Friendship Award.” The school has enrolled students from Japan, Australia, South Korea, the United States, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Madagascar, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
New Year Wish
Students Singing (Chinese)
Nanchang (Panorama) is the capital of Jiangxi Province in southeastern China. Located in the north-central part of the province, it is bounded on the west by the Jiuling Mountains and on the east by Poyang Lake. Because of its strategic location connecting the prosperous East and South China, it has become a major railway hub in Southern China in recent decades. Nanchang, named as Hero City is a cultural city with long history. It is a state-list famous historical and culture city with over 2200 years of history. Nanchang is known as National Civilized City, International Garden City, and National Landscape Garden City, attracting more and more people from different countries for traveling.
- 2h 30mins to Hangzhou by rail
- 3h 30mins to Shanghai by rail
Nanchang cuisine belongs to Jiangxi cuisine, characterized by crisp, fresh, spicy and salty taste. Local vegetables appear in almost every dish with the use of wild flowers also common, like the rest place of south China, rice is staple with pork usually substituting beef as the main meat used, and chicken is also widely used. Nanchang is famous for its food, spice is added to most dishes and frying is main form of cooking.
Nanchang has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are short and cool with occasional frosts; it begins somewhat sunny and dry but becomes progressively wetter and more overcast. Spring begins especially gloomy, and from April to June, each month has more than 220 mm (8.7 in) of rainfall. Summer is long and humid, with amongst the highest temperatures of any Chinese provincial capital, and with the sun shining close to 60 percent of the time in July and August, is the sunniest time of year. Autumn is warm to mild with the lowest rainfall levels of the year. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 5.5 °C (41.9 °F) in January to 29.5 °C (85.1 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 18.00 °C (64.4 °F).
(Video: My City Nanchang)