For over a century, Beijing Normal University has from the beginning shared a fate as regards the Chinese people’s struggle to gain independence, freedom, democracy and prosperity, and the university has played a significant role in patriotic movements that have included the May 4th Movement (1919) and the December 9th Movement (1935).
The comprehensive disciplinary strength of Beijing Normal University puts the school at the forefront of the nation’s advanced teaching institutions. In 2002, BNU was one of the top six universities with independent examination and approval authority for undergraduate majors. The university offers 58 different undergraduate majors, 166 Master’s degree programs, 111 Doctoral degree programs, 25 different rotating post-doctoral posts, and 24 and 36 Doctoral and Master’s degree programs for first-level disciplines. At present, there are 5 first-level disciplines, 11 second-level disciplines accorded national key discipline status, and 2 second-level disciplines accorded national key (fostering) discipline status.
Renowned for its rich educational resources, Beijing Normal University is one of the national bases for talent development of high quality and creativity. It houses 2 national bases for a basic foundation for talents and scientific research in the arts, 5 national bases for a basic foundation for scientific research and teacher development in the sciences, 5 innovative exemplary laboratories for human resource development of the Ministry of Education, and 3 national exemplary centers for experimental education. The school also has a national base for talent training in the life sciences and technology, a national base for the teaching of Chinese as a second language and a national base for university students in quality-oriented education.
Beijing Normal University has a reasonably structured high-quality faculty team. At present, there are 3,100 teachers and staff on the main campus of whom 2,000 are full-time instructors. The number of BNU teachers with senior titles, doctoral degrees and/or overseas learning/working experience puts the school at the forefront among Chinese universities.
Student apartments fully implement property management, with the philosophy that “management educates people, environment educates people, and services educate people.” Freshmen have the option to bring their own bedding, or take the bedding provided by the dormitory management center. Moreover, laundries with both large and small size machines are set up to provide cleaning services for students. Dormitories are equipped with TV, telephone, electric fan, and other functional furniture. Broadband communication is available in each dormitory. The reception hall, clean and elegant, is provided with desks and chairs and also a newspaper stand.
On behalf of the Beijing Normal University Library, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to BNU students, faculty members and staffs. We in the Library are here to provide you with diverse resources and services to support your academic and personal goals.
When away from home, University students have to learn to take care of themselves. If they become ill, they need to go to a medical care facility for timely treatment. The BNU hospital is located on campus, so that students may be treated in time. At the hospital one needs first register with his or her student card.
The main campus (North Taipingzhuang Campus) of Beijing Normal University covers 172.64 acres that serve as an important place for the university to carry out educational activities. The school has 22,000 full-time students, including 8,900 undergraduates, 11,300 graduates and 1,800 long-term international students. The campus has 1 education faculty, 22 schools and colleges, 2 departments and 36 research institutes (centers). The library boasts over 4.1 million volumes and some 17,300 GB of digital resources, with 1,400 GB e-books.
In college life, even though study is the primarily important thing, regular exercise is as equally important as our study. A healthy body is a prerequisite for all else. Students need to do appropriate relaxation after a period of intense study, since exercise can help relieve stress and enhance physical fitness. There are many sports facilities at BNU, including Qiu Jiduan Stadium, the east and west playgrounds, a volleyball court, a tennis court, a handball court, a table-tennis room, and an old stadium.
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The 12th Party Congress of Beijing Normal University set out the development objective to build BNU into a world-class university by the middle of the century. BNU vows to – during the implementation of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan of China – adhere to the work principle of “human-oriented reform and innovation, optimizing structure, giving prominence to special features and enhancing quality,” holding fast to a strategy of enhancing education quality and following a development philosophy that emphasizes connotation, innovation and specializing and that is open to building the school into a world renowned university.