Founded in 1941, the University was originally named National Guiyang Teachers' College, and renamed Guiyang Teachers' College in 1950. In 1985, it was formally entitled Guizhou Normal University (GZNU) and honored as one of the key universities in the Province in 1996. The year 2004 marked a new stage in the university's development when the Provincial Vocational College of Technology was absorbed into it.
GZNU is in the name list of the Program of Partner Assistance with Western Universities of Ministry of Education, and has been set up the "partner assistance" relationship with Xiamen University in 2006. GUN was entitled "Outstanding University" in the Undergraduate Teaching Assessment issued by Ministry of Education in 2008. In February 2010, she was approved to grant Ph.D. by the State Council Academic Degrees Committee.
Abiding by the guidance of "Patriotism, Contribution, Dedication, and Cultivation" and the University motto "Contemplation, Honesty, Erudition, Creativity", GZNU is now a university specialized in teacher's education. Thousands of graduates, most of whom have dedicated their wisdom and energy to the educational cause and become the backbone in their career, have been widely appreciated throughout the university's remarkable history of both hardships and achievements.
The university is situated in Guiyang, the City of Forests or as many people have called it "an ideal place for summer". At present, it has two campuses, Baoshan and Baiyun, with a total land area of about 66.67 hectares, and another new campus with 133.33 hectares is building. This includes 516,800 square meters of teaching and office buildings and over 66,900 square meters of sports-fields and gymnasiums. The total value of teaching and research equipment amounts to 163,000,000 Yuan (RMB).
GZNU now has 1,389 full time teachers, including 199 professors, 401 associate professors, with 625 with their MA degrees and 130 teachers at post holding PhDs. At GZNU, 31 experts have been honored for their achievements by the Chinese government and 51 by the provincial government.
At present, GZNU comprises 19 Schools, one School of Adult Education, one Independent College (Qiushi College), one teaching department, covering the following disciplines: Philosophy, Economics, Law, Education, Literature, History, Science, Engineering, Agriculture and Management. Currently, students are pursuing degrees in a variety of programs, 52 of which are undergraduates, 44 are master's, including one educational master's, one university teacher in-service study for master degree programs. And there are eight provincial-level key disciplines, four provincial research bases of Social Sciences, one training base of provincial key disciplines, two provincial talented group of scientific and technological innovation, 5 Undergraduate's Specialty Construction points of the Ministry of Education, 16 disciplines for provincial-level demonstration, 20 provincial-level courses, two provincial-level teaching teams, three provincial key laboratories, one provincial-level engineering research center and one provincial-level engineering laboratory in Guizhou Normal University.
Currently, GZNU has an enrollment of 17,500 full time undergraduates and 2,193 postgraduates. As the university focuses much more attention on the quality education, its graduates are widely accepted. In the last 5 years, its first-time employment rate for undergraduates and postgraduates has been over 90%.
GZNU boasts an advanced campus network and computer management, covering all offices, teaching and researching buildings, reading rooms, laboratories and libraries on both campuses. Libraries of the two campuses are abundant in stock, with 1,993,000 printed books, 540,000 e-books in Chinese, 10,000 e-books in foreign languages, 2,544 domestic and foreign newspapers, 68 databases, and up to 32 TB of digital resources. And the university's library is the "National Cultural Information Resources Sharing Primary Sub-Centers," "National Key Protection Units of Ancient Books", "Document Sharing Platform Technology Units of Guizhou Province". Meanwhile "Provincial Information Center" and "the model of Secondary Schools' Library" has been set up in the library.
In the past five years, the university has undertaken 79 national research projects and 430 provincial and ministerial research projects. The university has received 67 provincial awards for its achievements.
GZNU attaches great importance to intercommunication, and actively conducts academic exchanges with universities and institutions abroad. It has, so far, established long-term links and cooperation with over 30 universities, colleges, and research institutions including America, Britain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, to name a few. Exchange programs in training students and teachers have already been carried out with five universities in Korea, Japan, Thailand and America respectively.
GZNU is enthusiastically seeking to expand its educational resources through co-operation with schools around the world, including exchange of visiting scholars, the enrollment of international undergraduate and graduate students, academic exchanges and joint efforts in scientific research. We welcome anyone interested in discussing possible exchange programs with GZNU.