Shanxi Normal University (SXNU) was founded in 1958. Till now it has made a long journey within its 50 years. SXNU adheres to the schooling concept of cultivating humanity and advocating learning, while sticking to the educational concept of creative and practical teaching. Today, SXNU has developed into a key normal university within the province with relatively complete subject and training systems, with highly unique schooling features, and a mentality that is fully open to the society. As the key base of training teachers for elementary education and higher normal education in Shanxi Province, SXNU has sent more than 100,000 talented individuals in a broad of fields to the society, and has been extolled as the "cradle for teachers".
SXNU is situated in the city of Linfen, which is an ancient city and a cradle of Chinese civilization. There are a large number of humanistic and historical attractions in the city, including the Relics of the Ding Village, Cultural Relics of Taosi, and Relics of the Emigrants of the Dahuaishu (the pagoda tree). SXNU has made full exploration of these resources and used them to form its 4 main features of running the school: strong local culture flavor, teacher-oriented education, fundamental research, and a desire to serve the regional development.
SXNU consists of 20 schools, with more than 20,000 junior-college and four-year undergraduates, and about 2,000 postgraduates. It has 10 primary subjects, with 46 undergraduate programs, 62 postgraduate programs, 2 doctoral programs; 13 national and province-level brand or featured majors; 9 province-level select courses; 28 research institutes (centers); 15 province-level key subjects, key laboratories, key research bases, and modeling centers for experimental teaching. It houses more than 2,200,000 books, owns advanced and relatively complete teaching and research facilities, and has three museums: Chinese Opera, San Jin (Shanxi) Culture, and Folklore of The Yellow River.
SXNU has adopted the policy of boosting itself with talented people, gathering a batch of high-level specialists, and a group of enterprising teaching and research teams. The university now has 2,000 staff members, and among them 1,000 full-time teachers: adequate in quantity, reasonable in structure, complete in echelon, and full of potential. Among the full-time teachers, there are more than 30 province-level subject and academic leaders, excellent and renowned teachers and young creative talents, belonging to the New Century Hundred, Thousand, Ten Thousand Talents Project, the 333 Talent Project, the New Century Excellent Talent Plan of the MOE. The university also has a staff over a hundred famous specialists and scholars as honored or part-time professors from both home and abroad.
SXNU regards the construction of course plans as its main emphasis, consistently upgrading its subject and research standard, and has cultivated a group of high-level courses with special features and obvious advantages: local culture subject groups, represented by studies on Chinese traditional fine arts and relics, having influence at home and abroad. Fundamental subject groups, such as the subject of chemistry are highly respected within the academic field in china. The scientific standing of SXNU is considered among nation’s top 100, with chemistry at No. 16. The well-known course work, such as educational subject, plays an irreplaceable role in the education field of Shanxi Province. In recent years, SXNU has established four more cross-disciplinary research platforms, which reflect respectively, the advantage of natural sciences, local culture features, teachers' development features, and socio-economic service features of it. In the process, its subject work is updated routinely, subject competitive strengths are markedly improved, and high-level research achievements continue to emerge. In the three past years, SXNU has hosted more than 500 projects at the province/ministerial level or above, among which more than 50 have received corresponding awards. SXNU has published 240 academic course books, and more that 2,500 academic papers, among which 70 have been included by the top three searching journals (SCI, EI, ISTP) into the high-impact-factor area.
SXNU also hosts its own publications of influential papers and journals. Chinese Opera, as an important journal at home and abroad focusing on the field of drama study, has been renowned for its full and accurate data and rigid academic standard. Journal of Shanxi Normal University (Social Sciences) is one of the nation’s top journals and a key national journal of the Chinese language. Yu Wen Bao, and English Weekly, as "Famous Trademarks in China", are well-known domestically and overseas. The World of Yu Wen, Communications of Teaching Yu Wen, and Studies of Educational History are also influential academic journals.
SXNU has a running school policy of openness. In recent years, SXNU has established friendly cooperative relationships with 28 universities and research institutes in the U.S.A., Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, etc. As while its cooperation and exchange with domestic universities have been strengthened and interaction with the regional socio-cultural development has expanded. More than 30 large-scale academic activities have been successfully held at SXNU, highlighting the university's reputation.
Today's SXNU, is an ideal place, both for students with high-aspiration to achieve their goals, and for educators passionate about teaching and research to fully apply their talents. With an accumulated wealth of rich experiences, SXNU is full of unique cultural charm, vigor, and vitality.