Hubei Normal University (HBNU) is a key provincial university which is specialized in teacher education and focuses on such disciplines as humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. Adhering to the strategies of serving the basic education, the University is characterized by its teacher education as well as the research in education. Hubei Normal University, with the authority to confer Master's degree, is claimed as one of the excellent universities in China in the national teaching quality evaluation of undergraduate programs.
Located in the downtown area of Huangshi, the University occupies the beautiful campus of 1.4 square kilometers with a total floor space of some 604,500 square meters. The campus has beautiful sceneries of green hills and a transparent lake with fragrant flowers and various green plants all year round, providing a desirable environment to nurture talents. It has been granted such titles as Garden Style Unit of Hubei, Secure and Civilized Campus of Hubei and Civilized Unit of Hubei. It is an ideal place to study and research in.
Hubei Normal University consists of twenty colleges. It offers courses for 63 Master’s degree programs and 63 Bachelor’s degree programs. The university has constructed 3 state-level characteristic specialties, 1 state-level excellent course, 6 provincial key and characteristic disciplines, 7 provincial brand specialties and 16 excellent courses in the state or provincial level, 1 state-level experimental teaching demonstration center, 8 provincial experimental teaching demonstration centers, 2 provincial key lab, 1 provincial engineering lab, 3 provincial key research bases of humanities and social sciences and 3 provincial postgraduate creative workshops.
Hubei Normal University has the highly qualified faculty and staff of about 1550 members, many of whom enjoy high prestige in their respective academic circles in China.
The University library, awarded as one of the excellent libraries in Hubei Province, has a collection of books totaling over 1.98 million volumes. Moreover, the campus network center is one of the PoPs of China Education and Research Network. The university has been evaluated as one of the Advanced Unit in the Construction of University Websites in Hubei and the university website is approved as one of the Best University Websites in Hubei.
The University has various kinds of service organizations and facilities, such as supermarkets, western food canteens, post office, clinic, banks, theaters, computer centers, gymnasium, stadiums, students’ activity centers, etc. which make HBNU a desirable environment to study and stay in. The Performance Center of HBNU and the teaching building of College of Music are located by the Qingshan Lake. The Performance Center of HBNU, also named as “Lotus on the Water”, is a state-of-the-art performance center among the universities in China, and it has once served as a site for the 8th National Art Festival.
In recent years, HBNU has presided 638 research projects that are funded by the National Science Foundation and Provincial Government. Meanwhile, HBNU has won 29 pieces of practical patents of invention, 25 national and provincial prizes, and published 127 academic monographs and textbooks and 4254 treatises, among which 666 treatises are indexed by some famous index systems, such as SCI, EI, AHCI, and ISPT, etc. Thereafter, the university is awarded as the “Advanced Unit for Serving Science & Technology in Hubei” and “Advanced Unit for the Progress in the Development in Science and Technology in Hubei”.
Hubei Normal University adheres to the open-door policy and values its links with many foreign universities in such countries and regions as USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, India and Japan, etc. The University has been inviting foreign teachers, famous international scholars and scientists to teach and deliver lectures to the students and faculty since its foundation. It also dedicates itself to dispatching its teachers and students abroad for exchange, study, teaching and cooperative research. Hubei Normal University has established 1 Confucius Institute, 8 Confucius Classrooms and 1 Chinese Gongfu Center in UK. The University has made a great achievement in Sino-foreign cooperation in education.
Hubei Normal University attaches great importance to the students' growth and prospective development. Fifty clubs have been established by the college students. The university has built more than 270 practice bases, among which six bases are evaluated as the best ones in Hubei. The employment rate of our graduates excels that of most of the other provincial universities in Hubei. Accordingly, the University is entitled as the "Advanced Collective" for graduates’ employment rate and the "Advanced Unit" for sponsoring the teacher education in Hubei.
Since its foundation in 1973, HBNU has already brought up more than 100,000 students who have been well appreciated by their employers and the communities. In the new century, Hubei Normal University has set a goal to strive to run itself into a top multidisciplinary university with the main feature of teacher education in China.