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South China Normal University (SCNU ) was established in 1933, and is now a member of “Project 211” and a prestigious university in Guangzhoumarker, capital of Guangdongmarker province, in the People's Republic of Chinamarker. This comprehensive university is featured distinctively by both teaching and research, consisting of diverse branches of learning such as philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, technology, and management. There is also an elementary school in this university.

The university’s three campuses total approximately 509 acres, which are located in or near Guangzhoumarker, the largest city in southern China. This region is one of the most economically and commercially vibrant regions in China, with excellent public transport system, pleasant weather and two large trade fairs (Canton Fair) in this city every year.

The university comprises 24 schools and one department, offering programs, which include a certificate, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctoral degree. Three large libraries house a collection of over 3 million books. The total number of full time students reaches approximately 29,000, in addition, there are about 1000 international students for both long and short study.

SCNU adheres to the goal of becoming a teaching-oriented research university. It has a team of experts and scholars who are famous at home and abroad. There are over 1,600 teachers, of whom over 300 are professors, over 400 associate professors, over 600 master and doctoral supervisors, and 1,202 are holders of master or doctoral degrees. There are 4 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS).

SCNU strives to nurture qualified personnel, emphasizing the development of the students’ overall abilities. Its alumni are playing their parts in education, government, business and other fields. Some of them are government leaders, famous scholars, professors, and business elites.

The university is active in international exchange, having the advantages of being close to Hong Kongmarker, Macaomarker,not far from Taiwanmarker and its strength in teacher education. Links have been established with dozens of universities and educational organizations from over 20 countries and regions?

The university will continue to maintain its good tradition developed over years, adjusting and optimizing its programs, focusing on teaching and research, stressing the whole person education. It strives to build itself into a first-rate university in the country in terms of the overall level of school running and comprehensive capabilities, featured by its uniqueness, openness and comprehensiveness.

Outline for the university history

Teacher's College of Xiangqin University(1933.8)

Education College of Xiangqin University(1935.3)

Guangdong Provincial College of Education(1938.9)

Guangdong Provincial College of Arts & Science(1939.9)

Guangdong College of Arts & Science(1950.10)

Teachers' College of Sun Yet-sen University 1951.6

South China Teacher's College (1951.10)

Guangdong Teacher's College (1970.10)

South China Teacher's College (1977.11)

South China Normal University (1982.10)

The University Motto

Foster the spirit of working hard;

Pursue studies with utmost rigour;

Seek truth from facts to blaze new trails;

And be a model of virtue for others.


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