Shanghai Normal University

Founded in 1954, SHNU was then named Shanghai Teachers Training College. In 1956 it was expanded into two colleges, Shanghai No. 1 Teachers College and Shanghai No. 2 Teachers College. Two years later, the two colleges were combined to form Shanghai Teachers College. From 1972 to 1978, it was known as Shanghai Normal University after combining 4 other ones including East China Normal University.

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In 1978 it was restored to Shanghai Teachers College, and was renamed as Shanghai Teachers University in 1984. It combined with Shanghai Teachers College of Technology in October 1994 to form a new Shanghai Teachers University, whose English version was changed into Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) on May, 2003. From September 1997 to August 2003, the university took in successively the following units as its subordinates: Shanghai Teacher Training College, Department of Human Sanitation and Health of Huangling Teacher School, Shanghai Xingzhi Art School, and Shanghai Tourism Institute. Also located in SHNU are, among others, Shanghai Teachers Training Center, Shanghai College Teachers Training Center, and the Editorial Department of Academic Abstracts of Liberal Arts of College Journals.

As a key university in Shanghai, SHNU is a comprehensive local university with salient features of teacher training and particular strength in liberal arts. SHNU is abundant in teaching resources. While Xuhui features antique atmosphere, Fengxian is comparatively of modern tint. SHNU claims its unique lab center, gymnasium, and library of 3 million books for students' amenities.With a global view, SHNU has established communications with over 200 universities and academic institutions from more than 30 countries. Moreover, a few Confucius Institutes have been established in Asia, Africa and America. Every year, more than 2,000 foreign students choose to study in SHNU, and SHNU teachers visit and study in universities abroad. SHNU students do internship overseas.

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Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Overall, the study experience has been quite engaging and insightful. I have gained so much knowledge on my prospective professional life and also equipped myself with some requisite skills necessary. However, I still hope to find other experiences as I feel I have not acquired enough yet to match the global competition

studying in Shanghai normal university equipped me with translation skills
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

it was really good,yet challenging because it was offered in Chinese language and I had to write my thesis using Chinese language. the school offered me a one year Chinese language program before my Master's degree program

SHNU is great!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

the atmosphere and teachers at this university are excellent, the university offers various programs for bachelors and masters!


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