About Fujian Normal University (FNU)
The Fujian Normal University (FNU) was established in 1907. A key institution of higher learning in Fujian with a century-old history and a glorious tradition, Fujian Normal University (FNU) has been hailed as the province’s “cradle of teachers.”
FNU is Fujian’s oldest university and one of China’s most time-honored teachers’ colleges. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the school, which by then had been renamed Fujian Provincial Normal College, merged in 1953 with such celebrated centers of learning as Fukian Christian University and Hua Nan Women’s College to form a new and significantly expanded Fujian Normal College, which acquired its current name of Fujian Normal University in 1972.
Located in Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian province, the headquarters of FNU is made up of two campuses, the Qishan Campus and the Cangshan Campus, with a total land area of about 230 hectares. Right now, the University consists of 28 colleges, which together offer 56 undergraduate programs, over 120 master programs (including those conferring professional degrees in pedagogy, public administration, physical culture and arts), about 50 doctoral programs and 7 post-doctoral research centers. These programs cover subject areas in literature, history, philosophy, physics, engineering, pedagogy, economics, law, business management, agriculture, etc.. A balanced and coordinated development of this wide spectrum of disciplines has given FNU a distinct identity as a multi-disciplinal comprehensive university. And by conferring a whole range of academic degrees, from bachelors to doctorates, these programs also enable FNU to set up a full-fledged educational system within its institutional framework.
Over 22,000 students are currently enrolled in the two campuses in Fuzhou, among whom over 4,48600 are pursuing their graduate degrees and some others are international students from 17 countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and from China’s Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan areas or from overseas Chinese families around the world.
FNU attaches the greatest importance to recruiting talented researchers and distinguished scholars for its teaching staff. Maintaining a high-quality, properly tiered, and professionally dedicated faculty has been its top priority. Right now, it has a 2,600-strong teaching and auxiliary staff. Its faculty counts more than 700 full and associate professors, among whom two have been elected members of the Eurasian Academy of Sciences, seven have received the honorific title of “Young and Middle-aged Experts with Distinguished Services,” two are members of the subject-specific advisory groups under the State Council Commission for Regulating Academic Degrees, six are “Professors Extraordinaire” or “Minjiang Scholars”, one has been honored as “China’s Distinguished Teacher”, six as “Fujian’s Distinguished Teachers,” and 22 as “Fujian’s Distinguished Experts”, to mention just a small fraction of the countless honors and recognitions won by FNU scholars.
The multiplicity and diversity of FNU’s programs and the high quality of its faculty have translated into a constant upgrading of its teaching and research. In recent years, FNU has won 19 top national awards for its excellence in teaching and in text-book compilation. 15 of its course offerings have been designated as the nation’s or the province’s “best-designed courses.” 5 among its state-sponsored pilot studies on reforming China’s basic education have been cited nationally as the best of its kind, and 50 teaching-related studies have won similar awards within the province. In recent years, FNU has won and undertaken over 100 state-sponsored research projects in various fields, and more than 3,000 sponsored by ministerial and provincial agencies. Altogether, FNU’s researchers have won close to 700 awards and prizes, of which 16 were the three most prestigious national awards (i.e., the State Sciences Award, the State Technological Invention Award, and the State Technological Progress Award), and an additional 17 were other national awards.