Beijing Normal University is a famous higher-education institution with a history of over 100 years. The university’s predecessor, the Normal College of the Imperial University of Peking, was founded in 1902 with the philosophy of “A university stands on teacher education.” The school pioneered modern higher normal education in China. Over the century since its foundation, Beijing Normal University has tirelessly pursued a goal of inner quality development and has been working to deepen educational and pedagogical reforms, and steadily improving quality and talents development.
Throughout its development over more than one hundred years, Beijing Normal University has always been developing along the route of self-improvement. It has never stopped the efforts in deepening the educational reform and has steadily raised the level and quality of education. In addition, BNU has attached great importance to academic development and shaped herself into a moderately-scoped, rationally-structured, diversified and comprehensive university. Beijing Normal University is committed to the development of research, rapidly increasing research funding and achieving a number of high level research outcomes. Besides, Beijing Normal University has actively developed an international academic exchange and cooperative system, thereby promoting a steady increase in international influences.
In September 2002, Jiang Zeming, former National President demonstrated the direction for the further development of Beijing Normal University in his speech delivered at the celebration of Beijing Normal University Centennial Anniversary. We believe that, given the strong support of the Party and the government, Beijing Normal University will achieve the developmental objective of becoming “a comprehensive, research-oriented and internationally reputable university with a specialization in teacher training, educational science and psychology”, thereby contributing to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.