Minnan Normal University is one of the key universities in Fujian Province. It is situated in Zhangzhou, a well-known historical and cultural city on the west coast of Taiwan Straits, and an open-up city in southern Fujian Province known as a land of foods and flowers. Minnan Normal University evolved from the College Teacher-training Course held by Longxi Teacher School in 1915. With several years’ development, it was renamed Fujian No.2 Normal College, which by that time formed a south to north situation with Fujian Normal College (which is Fujian Normal University now). In April, 2013, Zhangzhou Normal University changed its name to Minnan Normal University.
The university insists on the education of undergraduates as the mainbody and actively further promotes the postgraduate’s education. The university currently consists of 17 departments or schools. Students here may be enrolled in one of the 60 undergraduate programs, the 4 first class discipline master degree programs , the 29 second class discipline master degree programs, the 17 professional master degree programs of education and the 4 doctoral degree programs. The undergraduate and graduate education is open to students from all over the country and from abroad, and now it has a total enrollment of 20,000, including full-time undergraduate students and graduate students, who study in 10 major disciplines such as literature, history, economy, law, education, science, engineering, management, agriculture and art.
The university firmly enforces the talents strategy and keeps to the principle of “training, introducing and hiring” to strengthen the construction of teaching staff, and gradually organizes a team of highly-educated, well-organized and vigorous teaching staff. It now has a high level faculty of 1,248, including those holding concurrent posts, among whom 164 are professors and 318 associate professors and 309 doctor degree holders. Among the teachers, nine are granted with the Special Government Allowance of State Council, two Distinguished Professors of Minjiang Scholar and two Chair Professors of Minjiang Scholar.
The university also proceeds the international exchange and cooperation. It keeps good cooperative relationships with colleges and universities in the USA, the UK, Germany, Canada and so on. It established a series of cooperation programs with a number of colleges and education institutions from these countries, such as study programs with Guildford College and Northumbria University in the UK, study programs with Louisiana Tech University and Northeastern State University in the USA, value-added project for EU agricultral value chain of Wageningen university in Holland, BSK program in Germany and study programs with Shimane University and Nara saho College in Japan.
【COMMUNICATION WITH TAIWAN】
It makes full use of the superior advantages of Zhangzhou in the aspect of region, resources and historic culture to actively carry out researches in Minnan culture and Cross-straits exchange. It keeps in touch with Taiwan colleges such as Mingdao University, Zhongzhou University of Technology, Shih Hsin University, National Pingtung University of Education and National Hsinchu University of Education. It established cooperative projects with Mingdao University to jointly set up the major of broadcasting and television and it recruits students learning international economy and trade with Taipei Chengshih University of Science and Technology and recruits students learning economics with Chaoyang University of Technology, so as to promote a close communication with Taiwan colleges.
Minnan Normal University covers a total area of 115.4 hectares (including buildings under construction). Teaching and research equipments are worth RMB 146.38 million. It has a collection of 2.2 million paper books. The campus network equipments are complete and advanced, covering the whole university.