Founded in 1944, Shaanxi Normal University is a top-tier comprehensive teachers’ university directly administered by the Ministry of Education and under the key construction of the state’s “211” Project. Presently, it has 21 schools and departments, 2 basic courses teaching departments, 65 undergraduate majors, 159 master’s degree specializations, 69 doctoral specializations and 18 post-doctoral mobile research stations. The university has competitive advantages in areas of Chinese Language and Literature, History and Cultural Studies, Business Administration, International Trade, Education and Psychology, Bio-engineering.
The university has nearly 2,800 faculty, of which more than 1740 are full-time teachers and more than 88% are Masters or Doctoral degree holders, 66% are Doctoral degree holders. There are more than 17900 full-time undergraduates, 12000 postgraduates, over 40000 are pursuing continuing education and network education and more than 1000 are international students.
The university is situated in the famous historical and cultural city of Xi’an. The two campuses, Chang’an and Yanta, occupy an area of about 2700 mu (approx. 180 hectares). Yanta campus is adjacent to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda of Tang Dynasty, and Chang’an campus is neighbor to the Zhongnan Mountain, earning the university the name of “Garden Campus”.
During its 70－year history, the university has constantly adhered to the principle of “Educating People”, and advocates the motto “Virtuousness, Learning, Aspiration and Action”. For the future, the university targets developing itself into a comprehensive research type university featuring teacher education.