Beijing Normal University grew out of the Faculty of Education of Capital Metropolitan University established in 1902, which initiated teacher training in Chinese higher education. After several times of merging and reforming since 1949, especially since the 1980s, Beijing Normal University has moved into the new age of rapid development. The University’s history is an epitome of the development of modern teacher training and higher education in China.
After the development for over a century, Beijing Normal University has become a comprehensive and research-intensive university with its main characteristics of basic disciplines in sciences and humanities, teacher education and educational science. According to QS World University Rankings, in the year of 2015, BNU is ranked the 240th among the world universities, the 46th best among Asian universities, and the 8th best among the universities of Chinese mainland. The University has 16 national key disciplines, among which, the disciplines of Education, Psychology, History, Ecology and Geography are ranked the first in China according to the latest official ranking by the Ministry of Education.
The University has 23,300 full-time students, including 9,500 undergraduates, 12,000 graduates and 1,800 long-term international students. The campus has 1 faculty (Faculty of Education), 26 schools and colleges, 2 departments and 43 research institutes (centers). The library boasts over 4.3 million volumes and some 25,000 GB of digital resources, with 2,200 GB e-books.
Beijing Normal University always attaches importance to international exchange and cooperation. At present, the university has established cooperative ties with about 300 universities and international organizations from more than 40 countries and regions, conducted student exchange program with over 50 universities in the US, UK, Japan, South Korea, Canada, etc., jointly established comprehensive teaching and research platform in such field as brain science, education, global climate change with our notable partners like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Vanderbilt University, University of Maryland-College Park, etc. BNU has jointly established 8 Confucius Institutes with partner universities in Europe and North America. Each year, over 1000 BNU students study abroad on exchange programs, internship programs, collaborative programs and degree programs; above 900 international professors and scholars are invited to lecture and research at the University; and over 1000 BNU faculty members go abroad for international conference and cooperative research. The University has around 1800 long-term international students from over 100 countries and regions, the scale of which ranks among top in Chinese universities.