Welcome to Yunnan Normal University

Welcome to YNNU

Located in Kunming which is called “City of Perennial Spring” and conceived in the Teachers College of the National Southwest Associated University which was established in 1938 from the merger of Peking University, Tsinghua University and Nankai University, Yunnan Normal University is a provincial key university that has a long and fine tradition. In 1946, the three prestigious universities were moved back to their original campuses in the north of China but the Teachers College remained in Kunming. It adopted the name of the National Kunming Normal College in 1946, Kunming Normal College in 1950 and Yunnan Normal University in 1984 respectively. In 1999, Yunnan Education College and Yunnan Sports College merged into Yunnan Normal University. In its development of over seventy years, the university has adhered to its motto of “perseverance in personality; devotion to teaching and learning; pursuit of virtue and wisdom”. It has a fairly complete education system for offering either post-doctoral, doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s degrees to full-time, part-time, vocational, adult and international students. Up to now, it has produced more than 200,000 graduates of different kinds and is rightfully praised as the cradle of qualified teachers on this lateritic plateau.

The university covers a total area of 3,330 Mu(about 543 acres). It consists of 23 schools plus two independent schools and more than 40 research institutes. It has now over28.000 full-time students pursuing different degrees and 15,000 students in the School of Continuing Education. Its library is the provincial center of the data resources of Chinese higher education and houses more than 3,000,000 copies of books of various kinds with a new-generation digitalized service system. The Journal of Yunnan Normal University (social sciences) ranks among the top thirty of its kind(CSSCI) in China, The Journal of Yunnan Normal University (natural sciences) is an acclaimed core journal in China, and The Journal of Yunnan Normal University (Teaching and Research on Chinese as a Foreign Language) is the first one of its kind in China.

The university offers such branches of learning as literature, history, philosophy, law, education, management, economics, art, science and technology with teacher education as its characteristic feature. Its interdisciplinary orientation helps the students lay a solid foundation for future development. It offers 75 bachelor’s programs, one post-doctoral program, one class-A doctoral program, seven class-B doctoral programs, 26 class-A master’s programs, and 128 class-B master’s programs, of which ten are professional master’s programs like MBA and General Education. It is one of the first 24 universities in China that offer the master’s program for Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.

Through innovative reforms on teaching methodology, contents, curriculums as well as training models, the university has accomplished the transformation from a traditional teacher-training university to a teaching-research oriented modern university with teacher education as its typical trait. It has some qualified teaching teams, innovative courses, special programs and experimental teaching bases that rank among the best in China in their respective fields. It carries out some key reforms in terms of education system, bilingual teaching and teaching innovation at the national level. It has 22 state-level “Quality Projects” under construction. It is one of the three universities of its kind in China that offer free teacher-training programs and one of college-student innovation training base of China. The Education Affairs Department, the Enrolment Department and the Adult Education Department of this university have received state-level honors of different kinds for their respective contribution. Its undergraduate teaching is rated “Excellence” in the teaching-quality assessment by the Ministry of Education of China.

The university has quite a few research centers or institutes at the national, ministerial or provincial levels, including a national solar-heater quality testing center, a Chinese education base sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China, a China-UK solar-energy research center, key labs and research centers sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China, an innovation team sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China, a state-level continuing education college for professionals, key labs and innovation bases of Yunnan Province, Yunnan philosophy and social science research bases, Yunnan innovation bases, Yunnan Studies College, a research center of sports culture sponsored by the General Administration of Sport of China, Platt American Studies Center, Ronning Canadian Studies Center, Kunming Strategy Research Institute for Pan-Asian Talent Training and Development, some key labs, engineering research centers and talent-training bases sponsored either by the Ministry of Education of China or by the provincial government.

In the past five years, the university has taken on over 100 prestigious key research projects like the National Social Science Foundation Major Project, the National Natural Science Foundation Major Project, “973” Project, “863” Project, and some key international joint projects plus 1,000 other research projects of various kinds. It has obtained more than 60 patents and received more than 190 research prizes at the provincial level or above with the research funds totaling over 250,000,000 Yuan(RMB). Some of its research findings rank among the best in China, including tumor marker research, the Strokes spectral inversion sun vector magnetic field,the γ radiation quasars CCD observations and research of high-energy radiation mechanism,nonlinear analysis, solar heater research, Barium oxide composite film research,buoyant jets, small animal studies in Hengduan Mountains in west Yunnan, etc.

The university has a staff of about 2,300, of whom 1,600 are full-time teachers and 693 are professors and associate professors. Some of them are experts with honors from the Central Government, the State Council of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Education of China or Yunnan Provincial Government. The university has invited about 100 well-known experts from 40 countries and regions all over the world as its Honorary Professors, Guest Professors or Adjunct Professors, including Professor Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, a Nobel Prize winner, Professor Yang Le, Professor Guo Bailing and Professor Dai Ruwei who are academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Gehan Amaratunga from Cambridge University, an academician of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., Professor Seymour Topping, former Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, managing editor for the New York Times and president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and Dr. John Naisbitt, a well-known futurist.

The university boasts of its international vision and modern ideas. It is one of the ten universities selected by the Ministry of Education of China and the Office of Chinese Language Council, a HSK test center and a CFL test center. It has a Chinese education base sponsored by the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs, and a TCFL teacher-training base for Southeast Asian countries. It is one of the first Chinese universities selected by the Chinese Government to establish Confucius Institute abroad and provide Government Scholarship and Confucius Institute Scholarship to international students. Up to now, it has established one Confucius Institute, three Confucius Classrooms and five Chinese culture centers abroad. It has cooperation with 150 universities and research institutes in Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries as well as in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan of China and its international students come from 61 countries. It has a training base for middle-school English teachers in southwest China sponsored by UNESCO and is one of the two universities in Yunnan Province that are authorized to enroll students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan of China.

The university has won honors for its contribution to our national unity, educational development, cultural construction, moral education and legal construction from the State Council, the Ministry of Personnel, the Ministry of Education of China and the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee as well as from the provincial government and the local governments at different levels. Some of its students have won honors from governments and institutions at different levels for their scientific and technological innovation, achievements in moral education and praiseworthy actions for helping other people as well as other prestigious awards. Some students from this university have become medal winners in the Olympic Games or the Paralympic Games in Beijing, Athens or London.

In the new stage of development, the university will rely on the integration of its strong points with typical and local features, grasp the golden opportunity of entering the list of 211 Project Higher Education Institutions in Central and West China and develop itself into a first-class teaching-research normal university in China.