Henan University is located in Kaifeng, a famous historic city and the capital of 7 dynasties in Chinese history. It was founded in 1912 and was originally named The Preparatory School for Further Study in Europe and America. Afterwards it was renamed Zhongzhou University (1923), Henan Zhongshan University (1927), Henan Provincial University (1930), and Henan National University (1942). By the end of the 1940s, it had developed into an influential comprehensive university with 6 schools, namely, School of Art, School of Science, School of Law, School of Agriculture, School of Engineering and School of Medicine. With the nationwide reorganization of universities and departments in 1953, the university was renamed Henan Teachers College (1953),Kaifeng Teachers College (1956) and Henan Teachers University (1979). The name - Henan University was restored in May, 1984.
Accordingly, the university aims to lay emphasis on the development of liberal arts and sciences. The development of applied disciplines such as economics, trade, and law will be speeded up. The special branches of learning, such as art and physical culture, will come to a higher standard. Engineering will have a moderate development. The university is to be built into a comprehensive and creative university with its unique characteristics and will serve local economy and social progress. The past, the present and the future of Henan University convinces us that her future will be brighter than ever.