Central China Normal University

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Central China Normal University
Former names
Huachung University
Motto求实创新, 立德树人
TypePublic (national)
PresidentZhao Lingyun ()[1]
Academic staff
700 professors, 4,000 teaching staff
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 330 acres
NicknameHuashi (Chinese: ; pinyin: Huáshī), Huada (Chinese: ; pinyin: Huádà)
Central China Normal University
Simplified Chinese华中师范大学
Traditional Chinese華中師範大學

Central China Normal University (CCNU) or Huazhong Normal University (simplified Chinese: 华中师范大学; traditional Chinese: 華中師範大學; pinyin: Huázhōng Shīfàn Dàxué), located in Central China Normal University Community, Luonan Subdistrict, Hongshan District in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, is a comprehensive university directly under the administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education. The campus of over 2,000 Mu (330 acres) is on Guizi Hill, bordering South Lake.

It is one of the schools included in the Project 211. It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.[2] CCNU, along with East China Normal University and Beijing Normal University are the top three normal universities in mainland China.[3] CCNU is ranked 3rd together with Fudan University and just after Peking University and Renmin University of China.[4]


Tomb of Li Yuanhong

The predecessor of CCNU is the combination of Huachung University (华中大学), Chunghua University (私立武昌中华大学) and the Pedagogical College of Zhongyuan University, with Huachung University as the main part. Huachung University was the largest and most influential mission university in south central China, and it developed from Boone College which was founded in 1903. In 1951, the public Huazhong University came into being after the Pedagogical College of Zhongyuan University merged with Huachung University. Then it was reorganized into Huazhong Higher Normal College in 1952 and later renamed Central China Normal College in 1953. At this time, a new campus was established east of Wuchang at Mount Zhutou (豬頭) the location of over 700 graves (and therefore a place thought to have a lot of Yin qi). The mountain was partially leveled off and renamed Mount Guizi (桂子山), after a plant that was widely planted over the mountain at that time and is known for its Yang qi. In 1985, the university was formally entitled Central China Normal University and Deng Xiaoping, one of the founders of Zhongyuan University, inscribed the new name of the university. In 1993, Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party Jiang Zemin wrote an inscription for the university "Developing normal education, improving the nation’s quality".


Boone College

  • The earliest predecessor of the school was founded in 1903 as Boone College for undergraduates (started in 1871 as Boone College).

Private Huachung University

  • 1924: Boone College was renamed to Huachung University
  • 1929: Lake College of Yueyang incorporated, Yale College of Changsha incorporated.

Public Huazhong University

  • After the founding of People's Republic of China, the former private status transformed to public Huazhong University.
  • December 1949: incorporated Chung Yuan Christian University College of Education.

Central China Higher Normal College

  • In 1952 during national college adjustment process the original public Huachung University included private Chunghua University, Guangxi University Institute of Education, Nanchang University, South China Normal University, Central Teachers College, Hainan Teachers College established the Central Higher Normal School (Central Ecole Normale Superieure).

Central China Normal College

  • In 1953 the school was renamed the Central China Normal College.
  • Part of Hubei University incorporated in 1962.
  • Part of the South China Institute for Nationalities, Hubei Teachers Training College, Hubei Correspondence School incorporated in 1972.

Central China Normal University


University rankings
Global – Overall
THE World[5]501-600
USNWR Global[6]513
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[7]251-260
QS BRICS[8]201-250
THE Asia[9]75 (2018)

Since the 7th Five-Year Plan was carried out, the teaching staff have conducted scientific research projects such as national high-tech project 863,national "Torch Program".

The university is among the first higher institutions in China to offer doctoral and postgraduate degrees, and to confer the titles of professor, associate professor and doctoral supervisor. It has established undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral programs, and has set up full-time to adult-education programs.

The national social science research work of CCNU ranks top 10 in China, and its social science research work was ranked top 6 for four consecutive years by the Ministry of Education of China.

CCNU has academic links and cooperation with more than 20 universities, colleges and research institutes in America, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France, Italy, Britain, Japan, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Brazil.

Foreign experts and teachers are invited to teach at the university and faculty members have been sent abroad for further study, visit or joint research.


  • School area: 1,266,500 square meters, school building area: 896,293 square meters
  • Colleges: 27
  • Undergraduate programs: 68
  • National key disciplines: 8, National key (cultivating) discipline: 1
  • Provincial and ministerial key disciplines: 22
  • National bases for Personnel Training and Scientific Research in Arts and Sciences: 3
  • National Engineering Research Center: 3
  • National Humanities and Social Sciences key research bases: 3
  • Key laboratories supervised by the Ministry of Education: 3
  • Postdoctoral research programs: 13
  • First-grade disciplines for Doctor's Degree: 14, First-grade disciplines for master's degree: 33
  • Ph. D. programs: 94, Master's Degree programs: 184
  • Professors: 478, Associate Professors: 579, PhD Supervisors: 269
  • Full-time faculty: 1,834, Faculty and staff: 4,017
  • Full-time students: 30,000, Postgraduates: 10,475, International students: 1,341
  • Library area: 39,689 square meters, book collections: 2,962,000

National Key Disciplines[edit]

The Ministry of Education chose CCNU as one of the national key universities which has a number of important and promoted disciplines to international academic level. They consist of Chinese and Foreign Political Systems, Theoretical Physics, Scientific Socialism and International Communist Movement, Education Theory, Chinese Modern and Contemporary History, Literature and Art Studies, Pesticide Science and Basic Principles of Marxism.

National Key Laboratories[edit]

CCNU hosts two national key laboratories that are sponsored by central government and promoted to become research centers recognized among worldwide academics: Labaratory for Quark and Lepton Physics and Laboratory for Pesticide Science and Chemical Biology

Campus organizations and activities[edit]

There are nationality based student unions and the Association of Kazakh Students of CCNU being the biggest one consisting nearly 100 members.

Campus canteens[edit]

Students are able to have meals in any of the seven canteens with a campus ID card. CCNU has implemented electronic students ID Cards that can serve as debit cards. The service desks and ID card machines in every canteen are available within opening hours.

Schools, departments and institutes[edit]

  • College of International Cultural Exchange[10] (Chinese: 国际文化交流学院; pinyin: Guójì Wénhuà Jiāoliú Xuéyuàn)
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics[11]
  • Law School of Central China Normal University
  • School of Urban and Environmental Science
  • School of Life Science
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Physical Science and Technology
  • School of Sociology
  • Institute of Political Science of Central China Normal University
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Educational Information Technology
  • School of Journalism and Communication
  • College of Vocational & Further Education
  • College of Teachers Education
  • School of Physical Education and Sports
  • College of Music
  • School of Public Administration
  • School of Information Management
  • Graduate School
  • School of Political Communication
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Chinese Language and Literature
  • School of Education
  • School of Economy and Manage
  • School of History and Culture
  • School of Foreign Languages

International cooperation[edit]

Main international partners include Oxford University, McGill University, and Moscow State University. Cooperation agreements signed in 2014 are GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, RMIT University and Macquarie University.


CUAA[12] 30
Wu Shulian 31
ARWU 500+
National by Subject (MOE)[13]
Politics 3
Education 5
Psychology 5
Chinese Language and Literature 4
History of China 4
Information 5


  • China University Center Ranking (Top 200 China University): 10th in China [14]
  • 4icu World University Ranking: 596th (42nd in China) [15]
  • Webometrics World University Ranking: 373rd (31st in China and 57th in Asia)


  • Rating of Chinese Normal Universities: 3rd [17]
  • China Top 100 University Ranking: 40th [18]
  • Humanities and Social Sciences in China: 17th [19]
  • Political Science in China: 3rd [20]
  • Law Schools in China: 12th [21]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Yun Daiying (恽代英) - early leader of the Communist Party of China.
  • Song Jiaoren (宋教仁) - republican revolutionary, political leader and a founder of the Kuomintang (KMT).
  • Tang Haoming (唐浩明)- novelist. He is known for writing biographical novels of Zeng Guofan, Zhang Zhidong, and Yang Du. He is the vice president of Hunan Writers Association.
  • Feng Gong (冯巩) - actor, xiangsheng performer, film director, and screenwriter from Tianjin, China. He is the great grandson of Feng Guozhang, a statesman and warlord of China during the early 20th century.
  • Feng Youlan (冯友兰) - philosopher who was instrumental for reintroducing the study of Chinese philosophy in the modern era.
  • Huang Kan (黄侃) - philologist and revolutionary.
  • Wu Mi (吴宓) - founder of Chinese comparative literature, a critic, redologist, educator and poet.
  • Deng Xiaoping (邓小平) - co-founder of the Zhongyuan University, was a Chinese revolutionary and statesman. He was the leader of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1992.
  • Chen Yi (陈毅) - co-founder of the Zhongyuan University. He served as Mayor of Shanghai from 1949 to 1958 and as Foreign Minister of China from 1958 to 1972.

Notable professors[edit]



  1. ^ 校长 赵凌云 [Headmaster Zhao Lingyun] (in Chinese). Retrieved 8 November 2018. 2018年7月任华中师范大学校长、党委副书记。
  2. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".
  3. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2011-12/08/content_24105530_8.htm Top 10 normal universities in China
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  9. ^ Asia University Rankings 2018
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2014-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ https://www.4icu.org/reviews/715.htm
  16. ^ http://www.webometrics.info/en/detalles/ccnu.edu.cn
  17. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2011-12/08/content_24105530_8.htm
  18. ^ http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2011-12/27/content_24261615.htm
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-06-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/china_law_prof_blog/2013/02/chinese-law-schools-a-ranking-sort-of.html

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°31′21″N 114°22′10″E / 30.522385°N 114.369487°E / 30.522385; 114.369487