Founded in 1954, Capital Normal University is one that covers literature, science, industry, management, laws, education, foreign languages and arts. It is one of the most important universities of Beijing Municipality and the Ministry of Education, an academy built by “the joint efforts at the provincial and ministerial levels”. As one of the important bases of the municipality to provide and train qualified teachers and other talents needed for the great causes of Four Modernizations, CNU (Capital Normal University), since its founding, has trained, over the past 61 years, over 100,000 highly qualified people for all kinds of fields.
CNU boasts 17 first-rate academic majors that are entitled to the conferring of doctoral degrees with 97 doctoral points, 16 post-doctoral mobile stations, 26 first-rate academic majors with the right to confer masters’ degrees and 147 masters’ degree points. CNU is proud to own 4 important academic majors at the national level; 1 first-rate academic major of the national interests for cultivation; 8 academic majors of first-rate importance of Beijing Municipality; 6 academic majors of secondary importance of Beijing Municipality; 1 academic major of first-rate construction importance of Beijing Municipality; 11 academic majors of secondary construction importance of Beijing Municipality; 4 academic majors of first-rate cultivational importance at the Municipal level; 2 key cross academic majors of the Municipality; 1 cultivational base of the national test lab built through the joint efforts at the provincial and ministerial levels; 2 key test labs of the Ministry of Education; 1 important research base for humanity sociology of the institution of higher learning at the provincial level by the Ministry of Education; 1 engineering research center of the Ministry of Education; 1 important lab of the Ministry of Civil Affairs; 1 show center of national experimental teaching; 2 national bases for training of talents and scientific research; 1 national base for the international co-operation of science and technology; 4 labs of research （of academics, institutions and centers) set-up by joint efforts at the provincial and ministerial levels; 1 Beijing Lab; 8 important labs of Beijing Municipality; 2 engineering research centers of schools of higher learning of Beijing Municipality; 1 research center for engineering technologies of Beijing Municipality; 1 engineering lab of Beijing Municipality; 2 Beijing Municipal bases for training talents and scientific research; 3 talent training centers for outsiders of schools of higher learning of Beijing Municipality; and 6 show centers of Beijing Municipal experimental teaching.
CNU has a bunch of subordinate institutes and academics such as institute of literature, institute of history, institute of politics, institute of education, institute of foreign languages, institute of management, music academy, fine arts academy and institute of math science. It has departments of physics and that of chemistry. The 27 institutes include institute of life science, institute of environmental resources and tourism, institute of information technology, institute of primary education, institute of pre-education, Honours College of CNU, Liangxiang campus for basic education, institute of adult education, institute of international cultures, institute of Beijing and Xinjiang, institute for Chinese calligraphy, institute of Chinese culture, institute for the Chinese culture and education, institute for the development of basic education in the capital city and institute for the education of Marxism. The university also has departments like the department of college English teaching and research, department of physical education and the department of educational technologies. CNU has a poly-tech school and 55 university majors. The students population is 30,315 with 467 full-time poly-tech school students, 10,656 undergraduate students, 5,859 MA/MS graduate students, 565 doctoral graduate students, 11,852 students for adult education and 916 overseas students (international students). A brand-new educational system has taken its shape in running it in multiple levels in a paramount picture from poly-tech school students to undergraduate, post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students on the basis of different levels of educational from poly-tech education, adult education, international students education to full-time university students education.
CNU has a total staff of 2572, of whom there are 331 professors and 599 associate professors. 90.4% of all the professional teachers hold masters’ degrees and higher diplomas with 905 doctor-degree holders and 503 master-degree holders. The university has a bunch of world-famous experts and scholars. There are 6 faculty members from Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, including 1 from Russian Academy of Engineering, 1 from Russian Academy for Natural Science and 4 members on the Diplomas Appraised Committee of the State Council. The elite also includes 13 members on the Committee of Guiding the Teaching and Learning of Majors by the Ministry of Education, 4 selected from the project of “the Recruitment Program of Global Experts” at the national level, 1 from the “10,000-people-program” who has led the crew in fulfilling the hundred over thousand million yuan project, 7 professors hired by going extra miles from the Chang Jiang Scholars Program by the Ministry of Education, 1 professor from the Chang Jiang Scholars Program Forum by the Ministry of Education, 9 sponsees of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholors, 9 people out of millions of talents of the nation, 13 people selected out of bringing in overseas talents projects, 43 professors specially hired by Beijing Municipality, 11 people out of the program sponsoring talents at a higher level by Beijing Municipality, 32 top-notch innovative talents from Beijing Municipality, 31 from the innovative crew of Beijing Municipality, 35 new technological stars from Beijing Municipality, 176 young back-bone teachers from the city, 72 selected from the top-notch young trainees, 9 out of the Great Scholars Program and 3 creative crews by the Ministry of Education. The university has 60 teachers awarded great honours such as Teachers’ Awards by Zeng Xianzi, young teachers’ awards by Huo Yingdong for their achievements in teaching and scientific research.
The university was assessed in 2003 as “one of the most outstanding universities in its teaching and learning” in the undergraduate education by the Ministry of Education. So far, there have been 7 majors with national characteristics and 10 majors with municipal features. There are 6 teaching crews reaching the national standards and 8 by the Municipal standards. There are 3 innovative labs to train talents upto the national standards and 1 upto the Municipal standards. There is 1 base for off-campus educational practice of students with the national standards. And there are 2 show-case bases for on-campus creative practice by students from schools of higher learning of Beijing. There are 12 elite courses by the national standards and 29 by the Municipal standards.
There is 1 role-model course of bi-lingual teaching and learning by the national standards. There are 20 teaching materials by “The 11th 5-year-plann” program of the Ministry of Education with 5 national exquisite teaching materials and 1 classical teaching material for the higher education in Beijing. There are 57 exquisite teaching materials for the education of higher learning in Beijing. There are 7 teaching materials for undergraduate students from the average schools of higher learning by “the 12th 5-year-plan” at the national level. There is 1 exquisite open video class by the national standards. There are 6 exquisite courses on the share of national resources and 8 same courses for the teachers. The university is proud to have 2 nationally-famous teachers and 18 well-known in the city of Beijing. CNU had the honor to be “one of creative undergraduate program schools in the nation” in 2008. The university had won 2 first-prize awards for its achievements in teaching the schools of higher learning in the nation, 13 second-class awards (including projects of co-ops), and 96 awards for its achievements in excellent teaching in Beijing. Our students have won, at both national and municipal levels, a whole lot of honors by participating in all kinds of contests such as math mode building, computer and its application, electronics, English speeches, to just mention a few. CNU has achieved positive results in the training of talents at a higher level. As a result, it has got 2 national brilliant awards for outstanding doctoral thesis, 8 accounts of outstanding thesis nominations for doctoral diplomas nationally and 9 awards for doctoral thesis at the municipality of Beijing.
The university has established its science zone in the city of Beijing with over 90 research facilities (or centers). Since the beginning of “the 11th 5-year-plan”, 14 subject projects and sub-projects have been approved over “the plans for technological support”. Of all the 1291 projects that have been approved by administrators on or above provincial and ministerial levels, there have been 367 projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 149 projects of National Social Science Foundation of China, 12 major projects of National Science Foundation, 22 subject projects and their sub-projects of the “863” program and 15 co-op projects of the “973” program. Also there have been included 1 project which has been conferred a secondary award for natural science of China National Science and Technology, 1 first-rate award for the national science and technological progress, 13 awards from the municipality for science and technological progress and 105 awards from administrators on or above the provincial and ministerial levels. The expenditure total for the science projects of the calendar year between 2013 and 2014 was ￥76.55 million. Various journals have been published including Journals of the Capital Normal University (in social science edition and natural science edition), Chinese Language Guide, Middle-School Chinese Language Teaching and Art of Education.
Capital Normal University covers an area about 880,000 square meters with a total building square meter rage of 770,000. The university offers most favorable conditions for teaching and science research with an assets total of over ￥1.03076 billion worth of equipment and instruments for teaching and science research. The school library is one of the most extensive ones in the nation with various kinds of books and documentations totaling 8.535 million. With an on-campus digital center, the university offers a stable, perfect and highly-efficient on-campus network. Besides, the university offers various sports facilities like a sports ground of the national standards, built with plastic tracks, a gymnasium, a badminton hall and a swimming pool.
The university initiates international cultural exchanges. So far, it has established its exchanges and co-ops with 201 universities in 33 countries and regions. 6 Confucius Colleges have been established such as Confucius College of Russian St. Petersburg National University, Confucius College of Minnesota University in the USA, Confucius College of Venetian University in Italy, Confucius College of Piura University in Peru, Confucius College of Buffalo University (the State University of New York) and Confucius College of Bremen Science and Technology University in Germany. The university, with the Flinders University in Australia, has brought forth 506 Masters of Education through joints efforts. The university is the only one that has been authorized by the Ministry of Education to enroll international students, one unique kind of role model base in all institutions of higher learning in the city open to students from regions like Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and overseas. It is also one that has been approved by the Ministry of Education “as a preparatory education base for international students signing up for scholarships from the Chinese Government”.