Founded as a teacher training school in 1908, Hangzhou Normal University has a history of over 100 years, which has bestowed the institution with a glorious tradition of producing first-rate teachers and educators at different levels for the whole Chinese nation. Through a century’s development, the University has now become a comprehensive institution of higher education with a full spectrum of disciplines, covering such areas as arts and sciences, humanities, education, music, engineering, information technology, business, law, medicine and nursing.
Hangzhou Normal University currently offers about 60 undergraduate programs and over 80 graduate programs conducted in its 2 faculties and 19 schools. Its total enrollment in 2011 includes over 20,000 full-time undergraduate students and over 1,600 graduate students, who have been receiving a distinctive quality education that will enable them to build a future of professional, intellectual and personal success, capable of leadership in different areas, whether it be political, cultural, economic or academic.
While maintaining its honored tradition of excellence in education, the University has been attaching equal importance to research, with a faculty capable of undertaking research projects in different areas, both basic and applied, to address pressing issues and challenges in economic development and social progress of today and in the future for the region, the nation and the world.
Thanks to the exceptionally strong support from governments at different levels in China, Hangzhou Normal University has in the past few years been making remarkable advancement towards its goal of developing into an institution on a par with the 1st-rate ones in the nation whose education, research and service are of reputable excellence and high distinction not only locally but also globally. To achieve such an ambitious goal, the University has been making painstaking efforts in globalization, by forming partnerships with universities, research institutions, governmental organizations and industries from different parts of the world, by engaging and retaining outstanding scholars with international fame to offer courses to its students here, by encouraging its students to study abroad and at the same time welcoming students from abroad to its campuses here, by supporting its faculty members to collaborate with international counterparts in various academic projects.