University description (as per official university website)
The main campus of Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU) is located at the cultural historical city of Jinhua in the central part of Zhejiang Province. The city links Shanghai and Hangzhou to the north, and Guangdong and Fujian provinces to the south. The University is next to a national scenic spot—the Double Dragon Cave, and covers a total area of more than 220 hectares with a total floor space of more than one million square meters. Its green and beautiful campus furnishes an ideal place for living, study and work.
The historical evolution of Zhejiang Normal University can be traced back to "Hangzhou Junior Teacher’s College", set up in 1956, and then evolved into “Hangzhou Teacher’s College” in 1958. In 1962, both Zhejiang Education College and Zhejiang Physical Education College were merged to form Zhejiang Teacher’s College, which was moved to Jinhua in 1965. In 1980, the college was enlisted as a key provincial institution of higher learning. In 1985, the college acquired its university status as Zhejiang Normal University. Later on, in 2000, 2001, and 2004, three more schools merged into ZNU, i.e. Zhejiang Financial School, Zhejiang School of Preschool-Teacher Education and Jinhua Railway Engineering School respectively.
As one of the key provincial universities, ZNU specializes in teacher education with multiple branches of learning. The University consists of 18 colleges offering 61 undergraduate programs. It has an enrolment over 25,480 undergraduates, 4,300 postgraduates, and 15,000 adult students in various adult education programs. Among the total staff of 2,640, there are 1,460 full-time instructors, including a Chinese Academy of Sciences Academician, 260 full professors and 650 associate professors. One professor was awarded the title of National Outstanding Scholar. The University is named by the Ministry of Education as a Key National Training Base for Teachers of Vocational Education. In addition, it is designated by the Ministry of Railways as a base for the training of locomotive engineers. Moreover, Zhejiang Training Center for University and College Teachers is affiliated to the university for various in-service training programs.
At present, the University claims 24 provincial key disciplines, 6 provincial key construction disciplines, 3 provincial research bases and 63 master’s degree programs. ZNU offers other professional master’s programs including M. Ed., MPA, MBA, MSW, MTCSOL, MA for Part-Time Vocational Education and MA of Science in Physical Education. The libraries at ZNU have a collection of more than 3,000,000 traditional books and over 1,850,000 online books. 42 laboratories have been established, with a total floor space of 119,000 square meters, including one key laboratory of the Ministry of Education, one national key demonstration center of experiment instruction and 5 provincial key laboratories and key demonstration centers of experiment instruction.
The University makes strenuous efforts to open up to the outside world. In recent years, ties of academic exchange and cooperation have been set up between ZNU and 92 foreign universities and research institutes in 42 countries. In 1996, ZNU set up a Center for Chinese Language and Culture in Cameroon. In 1997, the University was authorized to accept short-term and long-term international students. Approved by the Ministry of Education, ZNU established a Base for Education Assistance and Development in 2004 to undertake human resources development projects for senior educational administrators from other continents. In addition, the University has been authorized to run a center for overseas studies to assist self-funded students to study in foreign countries. In 2007, the University was authorized to accept international students supported by the Chinese Government Scholarship, and established a Confucius Institute in Cameroon and Ukraine respectively.
Following the motto of “wisdom with virtue, integrity with innovation”, ZNU is striding forward to build itself into a high-level comprehensive teaching and research university with its own characteristics.