Beijing Normal University grew out of the Education Department of Imperial University of Peking established in 1902, which initiated teacher training in China’s higher education. After the development for over a century, BNU has become a comprehensive and research-intensive university with its main characteristics of basic disciplines in sciences and humanities, teacher education and educational science.
Beijing Normal University (BNU)
Top 10BNU ranked 10th among Chinese mainland universities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings
28Number of BNU faculties, colleges, schools, and departments
4,700,000items in BNU's library collection
With ten national laboratories, Beijing Normal University is a renowned institution of higher education known for teacher education, education science and basic learning in both the arts and the sciences. In 2017, BNU was listed in the “world-class universities”. 11 disciplines have been selected for China’s “Double-First Class” Initiative. The disciplines of Education, Psychology, Chinese language and literature, Chinese history, Theater film & television, and Geography were graded A+ in the most recent national evaluation.
BNU works with research partners from all over the world to establish research cooperation platforms, develop framework cooperation, and conduct high-level international technology cooperation and people-to-people exchanges by consigned and associated research.
To address national demand and local reality, BNU has cooperated extensively with universities, research institutions, governments, enterprises, carrying out a large number of cooperative research, producing significant social impact and economic benefits, such as the National Water Project and several National Key Research and Development Program Projects.
BNU has conducted multi-type, wide-range and deep-level cooperation with various organizations such as the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Qinghai Provincial People’s Government and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation. Local research institutes and dispatched research institutes and joint research institutes have been established to serve local economic and social development.
BNU has established global cooperation ties with nearly 300 universities and research institutions in over 40 countries and regions, including the establishment of comprehensive cooperation platforms for teaching and research in such fields as neuroscience, education science and global climate change.
Engagement with IU
- Beginning in 2005, both the IU School of Education and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy began to collaborate with BNU. The IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology has also begun collaborations with the folklore department at BNU.
- In November 2016, the BNU Institute of International and Comparative Education (IICE), a nationally designated key study center, signed a new agreement with the IU School of Education. This agreement lays the groundwork for a more extensive set of partnership activities in the area of education.