Introduction to Zhejiang Normal University
Zhejiang Normal University was established in 1956. The main campus of Zhejiang Normal University is located in Jinhua, a medium-sized city in central Zhejiang Province. ZJNU began as Hangzhou Teachers Associate College in 1956, and through a process of mergers and name changes evolved into the Zhejiang Normal University we know today.
The University covers a total area of more than 220 hectares, consisting of 2 campuses and 19 colleges offering 65 undergraduate programs. It has an enrolment of over 25,700 undergraduates, 4,970 postgraduates and 400 foreign students. Among the staff of 2,750, there are 1,540 full-time instructors, including 330 full professors, and 670 instructors with doctorates in a full spectrum of disciplines. At present, the University claims 3 doctoral programs, 23 master’s programs and 11 professional master’s programs. The University has set up ties of academic exchange and cooperation with over 140 foreign universities and research institutes in over 50 countries on five continents. The University also established student exchange programs with more than 30 overseas (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) universities. Following its motto of “Wisdom with Virtue; Integrity with Innovation,” Zhejiang Normal University is striving to build itself into a high-level comprehensive teaching and research university.
Zhejiang Normal University strives to be a renowned, distinctive teaching and research university. It employs strategies of specialization, internationalization, localization and collaboration in order to serve and lead teacher education in Zhejiang, to serve the socioeconomic development of the region, and to serve national strategic initiatives.
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About the City
Jinhua (Panorama) has been named one of the “top ten most livable cities in China”. The main factors leading to this recognition include the affordable housing, low cost of living, clean air, clean water, and generally manageable pace of life.
Jinhua strikes a nice balance between rapidly developing cities like the provincial capital, Hangzhou, and the smaller towns and villages in rural areas. Money, technology, and education are growing fast in Jinhua, but it has not yet hit the overdeveloped, overpriced, and overcrowded state that many larger cities are facing. While 2013 was a bad year for air pollution, Jinhua generally has better air quality than other nearby cities both larger and smaller as a result of the weather patterns, and the city water supply, collected in mountain reservoirs outside of town, is impressively clean (though we still don’t usually recommend drinking it from the tap). All in all, Jinhua provides a good home both for locals and outsiders, and ZJNU faculty generally find a contented, satisfying life here.
- 50 mins to Hangzhou by rail
- 1h 50mins to Shanghai by rail
You can buy almost anything you need in Jinhua. Internationals will not be at a loss for acquiring basic necessities during their stay at ZJNU. Perishable and non-perishable groceries, clothing, and household items, as well as both Western and Chinese restaurants, are a mere stroll or bus ride away.
Western Food – Jinhua’s offering of Western chain restaurants is expanding. A few years ago, the only Western restaurants to be found were a Pizza Hut and a few KFCs, but now Jinhua is home to a Starbucks, a couple Dairy Queens, a McDonald’s, and two Papa John’s Pizza restaurants. Smaller restaurants offering Western food options come and go; current favorites include a Napolese-style pizza restaurant (Cin Cin Pizza), a taco joint (Taco Ole), and a Mediterranean cafe (Danny’s Cafe). Western baking supplies can be found at a small store near the train station.
General Shopping – Downtown Jinhua has a variety of malls and shopping centers, ranging from the new and extravagant Wan Da Shopping Plaza and Yong Sheng Mall, the stable and familiar Yi Bai and In Time shopping malls, down to the bustling, claustrophobic, bargain-your-way-to-glory, Asian-market-style Heng Da Baihuo and Jinhua Mall. Of course there are hundreds of small shops and businesses throughout the city selling anything and everything; you just have to find them. On most evenings a night market assembles on one of the main streets downtown across from In Time mall near People’s Square.
Local Restaurants – Local restaurants can be found all over the city, from tiny hole-in-the-wall dumpling and noodle shops to larger, well-decorated specialty restaurants. Near ZJNU the most convenient areas to find food are Beimen and Luojiatang. Both have dozens of small restaurants, some that have been around for years and others that change hands every semester. There are Chinese restaurants offering cuisine from all over the country, including a few Muslim restaurants that offer halal food. Everybody’s got their favorite; it’s just a matter of trying new places and finding what you like.
Jinhua has a humid subtropical climate with four distinctive seasons, characterised by hot, humid summers and chilly, cloudy and drier winters (with occasional snow). The mean annual temperature is 17.33 °C (63.2 °F), with monthly daily averages ranging from 5.2 °C (41.4 °F) in January to 29.0 °C (84.2 °F) in July.