Northwest Normal University

Northwest Normal University


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Introduction to Northwest Normal University

Northwest Normal University (西北师范大学, website) is a key university jointly constructed by the People’s Government of Gansu Province and the Ministry of Education, and one of fourteen universities in the western region supported by the state. Its predecessor was the National Peiping Normal University, which originated from the Beijing Normal University Teachers’ College established in 1902. In 1912, it was changed to “National Beijing Normal University” and in 1923 it was changed to “National Beiping Normal University”. After the “July 7th” Incident in 1937, the National Beiping Normal University, the National Beiping University, and the Beiyang Institute of Technology that moved to the west simultaneously formed the Northwest United University. The National Beiping Normal University was reorganized into the Education College under the Northwest United University, and later changed to Normal university. In 1939, the Northwest Union University Teachers College was established independently, renamed the National Northwest Normal College, and moved to Lanzhou in 1941. After the victory of the War of Resistance Against Japan, the National Northwest Normal University continued to run schools in Lanzhou. At the same time, Beiping Normal University (now Beijing Normal University) was restored. Before 1958, the school was one of the 6 key universities in the country directly under the Ministry of Education. In 1958, it was placed under the leadership of Gansu Province and renamed Gansu Normal University. In 1981, it was renamed Northwest Normal University. In 1988 it was renamed Northwest Normal University.

Northwest Normal University has one national and local joint engineering laboratory, one national key humanities and social science research base, one national research institute, one national star creation world, two national teaching teams, and the Ministry of Education 1 laboratory, 2 innovation teams of the Ministry of Education, 3 research centers of the Ministry of Education, 6 key research bases of humanities and social sciences of provincial universities, 4 provincial key laboratories, 19 provincial research centers, and new type think tanks of provincial universities , 5 provincial innovation groups, 9 provincial engineering research centers (engineering laboratories), 1 provincial university science park, and 3 provincial international science and technology cooperation bases. The school currently has 26 secondary colleges (65 departments, 3 teaching departments), 1 independent college, and 3 Confucius Institutes.

Northwest Normal University has trained more than 240,000 students. The school enrolls students in 31 provinces (municipalities and autonomous regions) across the country and currently has a total of 35,501 students. Among them, there are 17,713 ordinary undergraduates, 422 doctoral students, 7972 postgraduates, 415 foreign students, and 8,979 continuing education students. Implementation of the undergraduate teaching reform project for six consecutive periods. In 2003, the Ministry of Education’s undergraduate teaching work evaluation was excellent; in 2008, the Ministry of Education’s English undergraduate professional evaluation was excellent. In 2010 was named the national advanced unit of school art education.

Northwest Normal University currently has 2,191 faculty members, 332 staff with senior titles, 725 staff with deputy senior titles, 662 doctoral staff, and 917 masters. Among them, there are 1344 full-time teachers, 308 professors (researchers), and 559 associate professors (associate researchers). There are 137 doctoral supervisors (including 24 off-site part-time mentors), and 1122 master supervisors (including 393 off-site part-time mentors). At present, there are 4 academicians with dual appointments, 3 leading talents of the National “Ten Thousand Talents Program”, 2 national cultural masters and “four batches” talents, 2 specially invited professors of “Changjiang Scholar”, 1 national teaching master, and 2 advanced workers, 1 national outstanding teacher, 1 “good teacher satisfied by the party and the people”, 5 middle-aged and young experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country, 5 national “multi-million talent projects”, and enjoy special allowances from the State Council 11 staff members, 3 “Young University Teacher Awards” from the Ministry of Education, 13 “New Century Excellent Talents Support Program” from the Ministry of Education, 52 first- and second-level candidates from Gansu Province, and “Feitian Scholars Special Employment Program” from Gansu Province 34 people, 24 provincial teachers. The school employs more than 100 well-known experts and scholars at home and abroad as special or part-time professors, including 12 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Li Zheng, Li Jinxi, Yuan Dunli, Dong Shouyi, Li Jianxun, Hu Guoyu, Lu Sibai, Kong Xianwu, Chang Shuhong, Chen Yong, Huang Yan, Peng Duo, Guo Jinxian, Li Bingde, Jin Baoxiang, Jin Shaoying, Nan Guonong and other famous professors Taught at school.

Northwest Normal University is the first batch of units identified by the State Council with the right to grant bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. Existing pedagogy, Chinese language and literature, history, mathematics, chemistry, physics, Marxist theory, geography, psychology 9 post-doctoral research stations, pedagogy, psychology, Chinese language and literature, Chinese history, mathematics, Physics, chemistry, geography, biology, fine arts, etc. 10 first-level Ph.D. authorized disciplines and doctors of education 1 professional Ph.D. authorized category, 2 second-level PhD sites (excluding first-level subject coverage points), 31 Level 1 master’s degree programs, 1 level 2 master’s degree program (excluding level 1 subject coverage points), 15 professional master’s degree programs. There are 2 national key (cultivation) disciplines, 36 provincial-level key disciplines, 7 provincial-level specialty disciplines, and 77 general undergraduate majors (including English, mathematics and applied mathematics, fine arts, Chinese language and literature, and geography 9 majors including science, physics, history, chemistry, and biological sciences are national-level specialty programs), and a more reasonable degree authorization system has been formed, covering philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, and science , Engineering, management, arts and other 10 disciplines.

Northwest Normal University has strong scientific research capabilities and has always attached importance to the combination of production, teaching and research. In recent years, the research strengths of social sciences in the fields of ancient Chinese literature, northwest history and geography, curriculum and pedagogy, ethnic education, ancient book arrangement, and Dunhuang studies have been prominent and distinctive. Natural science has made in-depth research in the fields of polymer chemistry and physics, basic mathematics, atomic and molecular physics, and education technology. The results of basic theoretical research have been steadily improved in the number and quality of papers included in SCIE. Disciplines and materials disciplines entered the top 1% of ESI global rankings. The school has won a number of high-level scientific research awards, a total of more than 630 provincial and ministerial awards, including one national “five one project” award, the Ministry of Education humanities and social science research outstanding achievement award 10 (of which first prize 1 item), 11 national education science research outstanding achievement awards (including 3 second prizes and 1 lifetime achievement award). 2 national science and technology progress awards, 3 prizes, 1 second prize for outstanding scientific research awards (science and technology) by the Ministry of Education, 2 provincial first prizes for natural science, 94 other provincial science and technology awards, and provincial social sciences There are 567 outstanding achievement awards and 38 provincial Dunhuang literature and art awards.

Northwest Normal University focuses on international cooperation and exchanges, and actively promotes international development strategies. With the Central Tennessee State University in the United States, Southern Illinois State University in the United States, Khartoum University in the Sudan, Hooverhamton University in the United Kingdom, Belarusian National Normal University, Auckland University in New Zealand, University of Malaya in Malaysia, University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University in Taiwan and other foreign and Universities in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan have established long-term and stable strategic cooperative relations, signed academic cooperation and exchange agreements with more than 70 research institutions overseas, and carried out substantive cooperation in joint student training, mutual visits of teachers, and scientific research. At present, the school has established Confucius Institutes in cooperation with the University of Khartoum, Sudan, the Free University of Moldova, and the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Northwest Normal University has affiliated middle schools, secondary affiliated middle schools, affiliated primary schools, and kindergartens, all of which are model schools in Gansu and Lanzhou. It has a good social reputation and is a window school and educational practice base for Northwest Normal University in education and teaching reform.

Northwest Normal University adheres to the direction of running a socialist school, serves the national strategy and the needs of local economic and social development, is committed to building a high-level university with distinctive teacher education characteristics, and cultivates high quality with humanistic sentiment, international perspective, innovative spirit, practical ability and social responsibility Talent and outstanding teachers leading education development.


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