Xinyang Normal University is located in Xinyang, a famous historic and cultural city in the south of Henan Province. The city borders Hubei Province in the south, which has convenient traffic conditions. The university is located in the north of Xian Mountain and beside the Shi River. The campus is full of exuberant trees, birds and fragrance of flowers. In addition, it is a place with pleasant four seasons as well as poetic sceneries.
Founded in 1975，it was upgraded to a university-level school in 1978 with the approval of the State Council. In 1998, it was approved by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council to become a university with rights to confer master degrees. At present, it has the rights to confer master degrees for applicants of equivalent education level, master of education, master of interpreting and translation, master of physical education, master of tourism management, and master of engineering.
The university covers an area of 100 hectares and its building area is over 600,000m2. There are more than 1.91 million books as well as more than 4,508 periodicals in Chinese and foreign languages in its modern library. Currently, it has more than 110 various laboratories as well as more than 150 multi-media classrooms and microteaching classrooms. It is a demonstration school of digitalized campus project in Henan Province. Its teaching and administrative staff is over 1,500 persons including more than 500 with senior professional and technical posts (more than 140 professors); more than 900 teachers have master and doctoral degrees; among more than 100 senior teachers, some of them are the ones with special allowances provided by the State Council, some are excellent experts, specially-appointed professors, technical leaders or famous teachers of Henan Province. More than 23,000 full-time students in college, undergraduate and postgraduate courses are from 27 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China.
After forty years of construction and development, it has 20 schools. It has ten subjects, namely literature, historical science, science, engineering, economics, management, law, education and art. In addition, it has 68 undergraduate programs, 9 first-level disciplines for conferring master degrees, 67 second-level disciplines for conferring master degrees, 7 first-level key disciplines and 3 second-level key disciplines of Henan Province.
The university attaches great importance to scientific research. It has established the Humanities & Social Sciences Key Research Base of Henan Province, the Engineering Laboratory of Henan Province, the Academician Workstation of Henan Province as well as other more than 20 scientific research platforms. It has presided over more than 600 national social sciences fund programs, national natural sciences fund programs and scientific research projects above provincial and ministry levels since 2006. Among which, the significant technical project of Henan Province, the commercial process, test and research for spherical obturator expanded perlite passed national-level appraisals, reached a worldwide leading level and produced remarkable economic and social benefits. The Journal of Xinyang Normal University is published in more than 10 countries and regions. The natural science edition of the journal has been successively selected as one of Chinese core periodicals and the Key Magazines of China Technology, and its philosophy and social science edition of the journal was rated one of top 100 social science journals in China and one of Chinese Humanities & Social Sciences Core Journals.
The university has always attached great importance to the training quality of talents. It has successively trained and provided more than 100,000 talents of various levels and types for the country. More than 5,000 graduates have become senior teachers. More than 400 graduates have been national-level and provincial-level excellent teachers. A large number of graduates have become famous experts and scholars at home and abroad. The ratio of each year’s graduates admitted by postgraduate programs ranks a top level among similar universities in China, and that of some disciplines is even higher than 50%; the employment rate of graduates has always been kept over 95%. The graduates of the university “have solid knowledge foundation, good integrity, modest work style and correct attitude”; and such graduates are highly praised by all walks of life.
The university has signed strategic cooperation agreements with many universities such as Central China Normal University and Henan University. It has established relationships with overseas universities in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea to perform cooperation in running schools. It has successively dispatched students to have their further study at the universities in USA, UK and New Zealand; in addition, it enrolls foreign students from countries such as USA and South Korea. For four decades since its establishment, it has always paid attention to the development of the basic education and regional economic and social development in Henan Province. It adheres to the principle of establishing the school with good quality, promoting it with features, developing it with talents, establishing it with hardworking and thrifty and managing it as per laws so as to make it a school with “beautiful environment, favorable school spirit and outstanding quality”.