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Northwest Normal University

Northwest Normal University (NWNU) is a key university under the joint construction of the People’s Government of Gansu Province and the Ministry of Education of China. It is also one of the 14 state-supported universities in western China. The predecessor of NWNU is the National Beiping Normal University, which originates from the Normal School of the Metropolitan University founded in 1902.

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After the "July 7 Incident" of 1937, Beiping Normal University was incorporated into the National Beiping University and the BeiYang Engineering Institute. The new incorporation was named as the Northwest Union University, and the National Beiping Normal University reconstructed itself as an affiliated normal school and became independent in 1939 after being renamed as the National Northwest Normal Institute and moved to Lanzhou City In 1941. Before 1958, the National Northwest Normal Institute was one of the six key normal institutes directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education. In 1958, the administration of the Institute shifted to Gansu Province. The Institute was renamed as Gansu Normal University thereafter, but resumed its name as Northwest Normal Institute in 1981, and finally renamed as the Northwest Normal University in 1988 until now.

In 1985, the Northwest Normal University set up the Northwest Ethnic Minority Teachers Training Center directly under the Ministry of Education, with the administrative system featuring "Two Plaques, One Leading Board". In 1987, Tibetan Teachers’ Training Center under the State Council was established in the University. Under the commitment of the Ministry of Education, the University has established a good number of institutes and organizations such as the Elementary Education Curriculum Reform Research Center, the Northwest Ethnic Minority Education Development Research Center, the National Key Constructing Base of Training Teachers for Vocational Education, the National Base of Training Teachers for Physical Education, the Mentors’ Training Base for the Ministry of Education, the Key Lab of Eco-Environmental Macromolecule Materials, and the NWNU Chinese Language and Culture Education Base. Still, under the commitment of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, and under the commitment of Gansu Province, 25 research institutes such as Gansu Cultural Development Institute and Gansu Educational Development Institute, as well as 4 provincial-level key labs were established. Up to now, NWNU has set up 26 colleges, 1 Independent Institute, 70 departments, 2 teaching departments, 160 teaching and research centers (institutes), and 41 labs (experimental centers).NWNU also boasts a strong scientific research capability. In recent years, the SCIE-included research papers relevant to the basic theory of natural sciences continuously ranked within the top 10 among the national normal universities. The social sciences of the University boast several distinctive and superior disciplines such as Western History and Geography, Ethnic Education, Curriculum and Teaching Theories, Ancient Books Systematization and Dunhuang Studies. The University has also won 440 awards at the provincial level, ministerial level and above: 1 national award of "the Five one Program", 2 national third-prize awards and 73 provincial awards for scientific and technological progress,6 awards conferred by the Ministry of Education for advanced achievements in humanities and social sciences research, 5 national awards for excellence in educational science research ( among which 3 are second-prize awards and 1 lifetime achievement award), 329 provincial awards for advanced achievements in social sciences research and 28 provincial Awards of Dunhuang Literature and Art, just to name a few.

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In 1985, the Northwest Normal University set up the Northwest Ethnic Minority Teachers Training Center directly under the Ministry of Education, with the administrative system featuring "Two Plaques, One Leading Board". In 1987, Tibetan Teachers’ Training Center under the State Council was established in the University. Under the commitment of the Ministry of Education, the University has established a good number of institutes and organizations such as the Elementary Education Curriculum Reform Research Center, the Northwest Ethnic Minority Education Development Research Center, the National Key Constructing Base of Training Teachers for Vocational Education, the National Base of Training Teachers for Physical Education, the Mentors’ Training Base for the Ministry of Education, the Key Lab of Eco-Environmental Macromolecule Materials, and the NWNU Chinese Language and Culture Education Base. Still, under the commitment of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, and under the commitment of Gansu Province, 25 research institutes such as Gansu Cultural Development Institute and Gansu Educational Development Institute, as well as 4 provincial-level key labs were established. Up to now, NWNU has set up 26 colleges, 1 Independent Institute, 70 departments, 2 teaching departments, 160 teaching and research centers (institutes), and 41 labs (experimental centers).NWNU also boasts a strong scientific research capability. In recent years, the SCIE-included research papers relevant to the basic theory of natural sciences continuously ranked within the top 10 among the national normal universities. The social sciences of the University boast several distinctive and superior disciplines such as Western History and Geography, Ethnic Education, Curriculum and Teaching Theories, Ancient Books Systematization and Dunhuang Studies. The University has also won 440 awards at the provincial level, ministerial level and above: 1 national award of "the Five one Program", 2 national third-prize awards and 73 provincial awards for scientific and technological progress,6 awards conferred by the Ministry of Education for advanced achievements in humanities and social sciences research, 5 national awards for excellence in educational science research ( among which 3 are second-prize awards and 1 lifetime achievement award), 329 provincial awards for advanced achievements in social sciences research and 28 provincial Awards of Dunhuang Literature and Art, just to name a few.

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The university library has a collection of more than 3.49 million volumes. The University also established a modern network system for public education services, such as the distance education network, the comprehensive teaching affairs management network, the campus computers network, communication network and cable TV network.The University takes the initiative to meet the need of local economic and social development, strengthens the research in the fields of applied sciences and soft sciences, and promotes actively the transformation of research achievements, thus having yielded lots of representative achievements, profitable economic returns and profound social effects.

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