Central China Normal University

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Central China Normal University
Central China Normal University logo.png
Former names
Huachung University
Motto 求实创新, 立德树人
Established 1903
Type Public (National)
President Yang Zongkai (杨宗凯)
Academic staff
700 professors, 4,000 teaching staff
Students 22,000
Location Wuhan, Hubei, China
Campus Urban, 330 acres
Nickname Huashi
Website www.ccnu.edu.cn

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 Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, is a key comprehensive university directly under the administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education. The campus of over 2,000 Mu (330 acres) is nestled on Guizi Hill, bordering South Lake.

It is one of the schools included in the Project 211, and is also funded by the Project 985. CCNU, 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]


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. 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, President 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
QS (Global version)[3]
QS (Asia 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". Central China Normal University is among the first higher institutions in China entitled to offer doctoral and postgraduate degrees, to assess and confer the titles of professor, associate professor and also doctoral supervisor, and has already established a complete and optimized advanced education system from undergraduate to graduate programs, from doctoral to post-doctoral programs, and from 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 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.

Fast Facts and Figures[edit]

The data is accurate as of March 2014 unless otherwise indicated

• 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

• Employment Rate: 94.9% in 2013

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 cooperation 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.


CUAA[6] 30
Wu Shulian 31
ARWU 500+
National by Subject (MOE)[7]
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 [8]
  • 4icu World University Ranking: 596th (42nd in China) [9]
  • Webometrics World University Ranking: 373rd (31st in China and 57th in Asia)


  • Rating of Chinese Normal Universities: 3rd [11]
  • China Top 100 University Ranking: 40th [12]
  • Humanities and Social Sciences in China: 17th [13]
  • Political Science in China: 3rd [14]
  • Law Schools in China: 12nd [15]

Notable students and alumni[edit]

  • Yun Daiying (恽代英): was an early leader of the Communist Party of China.
  • Song Jiaoren (宋教仁): was a Chinese republican revolutionary, political leader and a founder of the Kuomintang (KMT).
  • Tang Haoming ( 唐浩明): is a Chinese novelist. He is best known for writing biographical novels of Zeng Guofan, Zhang Zhidong, and Yang Du. He is now the vice president of Hunan Writers Association.
  • Feng Gong (冯巩)is a Chinese 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) was a Chinese philosopher who was instrumental for reintroducing the study of Chinese philosophy in the modern era.
  • Huang Kan (黄侃) was a Chinese philologist and revolutionary.
  • Wu Mi (吴宓) was one of the founders 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]



External links[edit]

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