Xinjiang Normal University is located in Urumqi , the capital of Xinjiang, near the Chinese portion of the ancient Silk Road and at the foot of the northern Tianshan Mountains . As a key University in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, it is famous for its pedagogical and comprehensive education, ethnic diversity and regional distinctiveness.
Xinjiang Normal University consists of 11 Colleges, offering undergraduate and vocational education, postgraduate education, international students' education, and adult education (continuing education). There are more than 25,000 students studying in the campus.
The key subjects include two of provincial level: Ethnology and Religion, the Oasis Study, and 7 of University level: Education Science, the Ethnic Language and Literature, the History and Literature of the Western Region in China, Sports, Musicology, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, and the Marxist Theory. There are 4 research centers, 10 research sections and 16 research institutes. A National Examination Site of Teacher Certification for Chinese as a Foreign Language, the Xinjiang Training Center for Teachers of Higher Education, the Xinjiang Training Center for Bilingual Teaching and Research, and the Xinjiang Center of Teachers' Qualification are also located at the University. The University has a collection of over 1,100,000 volumes.
In the area of international academic exchanges, the University has established and kept good relationships with Kyushu University in Japan, State Institute of Physical Education in Kazakhstan , Western Kentucky University , Belmont University and Utah Valley State College in the USA , and the State University of Kobdo in Mongolia .To promote the international academic communication, the University has also sent teachers abroad for further study and academic research. Every year the University employs foreign teachers and recruits international students for a variety of programs and courses. In 1992, the University was authorized by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs with the Class A qualification to engage the foreign experts and teachers. In 1994, the University was listed by the State Ministry of Education as one of the 200 national universities to accept international students. In 1995, the University was put on the List of International Universities issued by the Association of International University in UNESCO.