Chongqing Normal University was founded in 1954 with a traceable history dating back to the Public Eastern Sichuan Normal University in 1906. It has three campuses, respectively located in the Chongqing University Town, Shapingba District and Beibei District with total land coverage of 2688 mu. The University is known as a national model green unit, a municipal civilized unit and a municipal garden-like unit, municipal forest campuses and municipal campuses of beauty. It is a public university approved by the Academic Degrees Committee under the State Council of China to confer bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctor’s degrees. Through over six decades’ construction, the University has formed a mode driven by two wheels, i.e. normal education and non-normal education, a “troika” comprising elementary education, vocational education and international Chinese education, and a pattern featured by coordinated development of “three plates”– cultural inheritance and innovation, policy-making consulting and public services, and technological problem solving and application conversion.
CNU is entitled by the Ministry of Education，P.R. China to recruit overseas students. It was designated as one of the first Chinese Language Educational Centres by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. And it was awarded the National Teaching Base for International Promotion of Chinese (Chongqing) by Confucius Institute Headquarters in 2012. The university, featured in teachers’ education, has developed into a higher education institution of multi-subjects involving science and liberal arts. A fairly complete teachers’ education system has been formed including pre-school education, primary school education, middle school education, higher education, continuing education, vocational and technical education, special education, and teachers training for Chinese language and culture education.
Following the trend of internationalization, the University has been persisting in open-up operation. It has established sound partnerships with education institutes in more than 30 countries and regions, including Russia, America, Australia and Britain for Sino-foreign joint development, cooperative research, mutual visits of teachers and students, or cooperation and exchange in other forms. It has established overseas education institutes, including Confucius Institute at Education Institute of Rwanda University in Rwanda, Confucius Institute at University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka, Confucius Institute at Edge Hill Universityin UK, and Confucius Institute at Troy University in US, Widyakartika University Chinese Normal College in Indonesia. Also, the University facilitates its “CNU Foreign Students Education Program” to enroll students from all over the world, as a recipient of governmental scholarship, International Chinese Teacher Scholarship and mayoral scholarship from Chongqing People’s Government for foreign students.
CNU recruits more than 600 overseas students every year. It has set up Teachers College of Chinese Language in Indonesia and UK, and implemented the 2+2 education system. It has also founded Confucius Institutes in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Britain. Students of CNU have successfully exchanged to Russia Voronezh Normal University, Japan Hiroshima Culture University and Japan Shinshu University several times. And CNU has successfully organized different Chinese culture winter/ summer camp for years, in which the number of overseas students amount to several thousands.
CNU attaches much importance to overseas students’ education and administration in a way of classified teaching and human-based management, insisting on classification teaching and humanization management. International Students Office enjoys much popularity with overseas students as their home in China, and gets the widely acclaimed by them. CNU provide international students a better integration of education, carrying out the convergence management and teaching. CNU took the lead in Chongqing to set up International College of Chinese Language and Culture, providing better education and administration for Chinese language training students. The college offers favorable learning environment for overseas students as much as possible with small-sized classes and special tutoring.
CNU will actively promote the campus as the teaching-research normal universities of distinctive features, the front rank in western areas and be of great influence in China!