Central China Normal University

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Central China Normal University
Established 1903
Type Public (National)
Academic staff
700 professors, 4,000 teaching staff
Students 22,000
Location Wuhan, Hubei, PRC
Campus Urban, 330 acres
Website www.ccnu.edu.cn

Central China Normal University (CCNU or sometimes referred as Huazhong Normal University) (Chinese: 华中师范大学, traditional Chinese characters: 華中師範大學, Pinyin: Huázhōng Shīfàn Dàxué), is a key normal university directly administered by PRC Ministry of Education. Located in Wuhan, a major hub of transportation, it has a campus of over 330 acres with a construction area of more than 600,000 square meters on Guizishan, a hill bordering the East Lake and the South Lake.

Sponsored by the national program "Project 211" as one of 100 best universities, it also received funds from "Project 985". Central China Normal University, along with East China Normal University and Beijing Normal University are the top three normal universities in mainland China.[1] CCNU also has one of the best Political Schools in China and is ranked 3rd together with Fudan University and just after Peking University and Renmin University of China.[2] A normal school referred to an institution that aimed to train school teachers in early twentieth century dating back to French tradition, and this terminology is preserved in the official names of such institutions in China.


A hundred years of vicissitudes and hard work fostered this celebrated university. The history of CCNU starts with the Bishop Boone Memorial School, a boarding school, opened in Wuchang in Sept., 1871, with three students. It was named after Bishop William Jones Boone, the first Episcopal Bishop of China. It became Boone College (文華書院 Wenhua shuyuan) in 1905, graduated its first class in 1906, and was incorporated as a Central China (Huazhong) University in 1909. The direct predecessor of CCNU is the combination of Huazhong University, Zhonghua University(founded in 1912) and the Pedagogical College of Zhongyuan University(founded in 1949), with Huazhong University as the main part. Huazhong University was the largest and most influential mission university in South Central China, it developed from Wenhua Academy (the first college of mission school, changed name to Huazhong University in 1924) that was founded in 1903. In 1951, the public Huazhong University came into being after the Pedagogical College of Zhongyuan University merged with Huazhong University. Then, it was reorganized into Huazhong Higher Normal School in 1952 and later renamed Huazhong Teachers College in 1953. In 1985, the university was formally renamed as Central China Normal University and Deng Xiaoping, one of the founders of Zhongyuan University, inscribed the new name of the university. In 1993, President Jiang Zemin wrote an inscription for CCNU’s commitment to “Developing normal education and improving nationals’ quality".


University rankings
QS (World version)[3]
QS (Asian version)[4]

CCNU has made noticeable achievements in scientific research. Since the 7th Five-Year Plan was carried out, our teaching staff have been entrusted with a great many important scientific research projects such as national high-tech project 863,national "Torch Program".

CCNU carries on a wide range of international academic exchanges. It has regular academic links and cooperation with more than 20 universities, colleges and research institutes in America, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France, Italy, Britain, Japan, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Brazil.

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

National Key Disciplines[edit]

Ministry of Education of China 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 & Activities[edit]

There are also a lot of 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 implemented latest technologies among all the campus introducing 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]

International Cooperation[edit]

The main international partners include Oxford University, McGill University, Moscow State University and others. Among latest cooperations agreements signed in 2014 are GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, RMIT University and Macquarie University.


Students have opportunity to use university insurance as well as any kind of customs services.


  • China University Center Ranking (Top 200 China University): 10th in China [6]
  • 4icu World University Ranking: 596th (42nd in China) [7]
  • Webometrics World University Ranking: 465nd (34th in China and 77th in Asia) [8]
  • Rating of Chinese Normal Universities: 3rd [9]
  • China Top 100 University Ranking: 40th [10]
  • Humanities and Social Sciences in China: 17th [11]
  • Political Science in China: 3rd [12]
  • Law Schools in China: 12 [13]

Notable students and alumni[edit]

Notable professors[edit]

External links[edit]