Northeast Normal University is an institution of higher learning under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education, being selected as one of the universities given priority in construction in the 211 Project. The NENU's predecessor is the Northeast University. It was the first comprehensive university founded by the Communist Party in Northeast China in 1946. The school was renamed Northeast Normal University according to the development needs of national education in 1950.
The university is located in Changchun city and occupies a total area of 1,670,000 square meters. The main campus is located in the middle of Renmin Street. In addition, Jingyue campus lies in the picturesque Jingyuetan Tourism Development Zone. There are 24,567 full-time students in NENU, including 14,365 undergraduates, 9,478 M.A. and Ph.D. students, and 724 foreign students.
Northeast Normal University has a group of famous experts and scholars at home and abroad. There are 1472 full-time teachers, including 381 professors, 462 associate professors and 276 Ph.D. supervisors. And there has formed the academician of The Third World Academy of Science, members of The Academic Degree Committee of the State Council, distinguished professors in the Yangtze River Scholar Program, recipients of National Outstanding Youth Fund, national outstanding young and middle aged specialists and other multi-level echelon of outstanding teachers.
NENU presently comprises 22 schools, 59 undergraduate specialties, 170 M.A. degree specialties, and 129 Ph.D. degree specialties, 34 disciplines authorized by MA degrees，22 disciplines authorized by Doctoral degrees, 12 Post-doctoral R&D Stations. It offers one Ph.D. of Education degree specialty, 17 M.A. degree specialties and the graduate school. There are 5 national key disciplines including Principles of Education, History of the World, Cell Biology, Ecology, Ideological and Political Education. History, Chinese and Biology are personnel training and scientific research bases of the national fundamental disciplines of arts and sciences. The National Engineering Laboratory of drug genes and proteins screening are national laboratories. In addition, it also possesses laboratories and research centers are authorized by the country, ministry and province as well as National Experimental Center of Basic Education and other several national training programs and research institutes.
In recent years, NENU has preserved the education and teaching as the foundation of school setting under its own concept of education which is “RESPECTIVE EDUCATION”. With implementing the national policy of free normal education from 2007, starting the implementation of the educator training project, the quality of personnel training was continuously improved. The graduates receive a positive evaluation from the society with their solid professional ideas, generous basic knowledge, high-quality education, well-knit basic theory and professional skills. The university has enjoyed high prestige in basic education so that the graduates are always in short supply. For over 60 years’ foundation, there have been more than 200,000 graduates who go in all directions from school and become all kinds of talents for national modernization construction.
For more than half a century, on behalf of Life Science, Ecology, Education and Historical Education, NENU has formed outstanding disciplines with higher status in Chinese academic circles. Cytogenetic, Ideological and Political Education, Grassland Ecology, Applied Mathematics, Multi-acids Chemistry, Functional Materials, Environment Science, Ancient History of the World and Middle Ages History of the World are in a leading and influential position at home and abroad. The researches on comparison of world civilization, the major issue of basic education, grassland ecology, cytogenetic and other outstanding areas all encouraging progresses and gradually form the informative China northeast, materials science and other new research areas.
Scientific research is the basis for strengthening the university. From 2006 to the end of 2010, NENU has taken charge of more than 2400 scientific research projects (above provincial or departmental level) with funding of almost 500 million Yuan. By 2011, there have been 6 doctoral dissertations which are awarded for national excellent doctoral dissertations and another 13 get the nominated rewards. NENU has adhered to run school openly, attached great importance to the development of international cooperation and exchanges, established cooperation and exchange relations with more than 220 universities and colleges and research institutions in over 30 countries, including the USA, Canada, Japan, the UK, Korea, Australia, and Russia and invited more than 270 foreign experts as honorary professors or visiting professors represented by the Noble Prize winner, Prof. Yang Zhenning. It has established Confucius College respectively in Dong-A University, Korea, Spanish Valencia University, American University of Alaska-Anchorage and Canadian Seneca College as well as the Confucius Classroom in The National University of Mongolia (NMU).
NENU enjoys the reputation as "Parkview School" with grassy land, swaying willows in summer and silver dancing snowflakes in winter. In recent years, NENU continues to strengthen infrastructures for students’ learning and living to provide a comfortable environment and good condition. There are two libraries with a total construction area of 38,300 square meters, about 3.26 million paper books; a better platform for digital library which is one of the large libraries among domestic universities with rich collection of books and higher degree modernization.; Museum of Natural History opening to the society with a total construction area of 16,700 square meters which is a comprehensive museum including the science education, collection research, cultural exchanges and intellectual leisure and is identified as “National Science Education Base” and national top museum. Also, it establishes basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, roller skating rink, swimming pool, plastic track and field stadium in domestic first-class universities, indoor track and field hall and so on. Northeast Normal University Gymnasium covers a construction area of 25,500 square meters. Its main building consists of a comprehensive competition hall and nine training centers that is one comprehensive gymnasium with the most versatile and advanced facilities in domestic universities.
Entering into the new century, according to the development ideas “make the school more strong, more open, more harmonious to fully demonstrate the characteristics of school”, NENU is working hard to follow through with the Concept of Respect-based Education, pursuing educational innovation, stressing the distinctive characteristics of management, enhancing qualities of education, making great efforts together to build NENU into a first-rate normal university in the worldwide.