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The university’s predecessor, the Normal College of the Imperial University of Peking, was founded in 1902. In 1908, the school name was changed to Advanced Normal College of the Imperial University and the school became independent. In 1912, the name changed again, to Beijing Advanced Normal School, and then, in 1923, the name changed yet again to Beijing Normal University, the first Normal University in Chinese history. In 1931 and 1952, respectively, Peking Women’s Normal University and Fu Jen Catholic University merged to create Beijing Normal University.

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Chronological Review

The Faculty of Education (师范馆)of the Capital Metropolitan University (京师大学堂)was founded on the initiative of the Emperor of Qing Dynasty. It was the first university in Chinese history with the main mission of training excellent teachers and specialists.

The Faculty of Education was named as the Capital Metropolitan School of Supreme Teacher Training(京师优级师范学堂), and was separated from the Capital Metropolitan University.

The Capital Metropolitan School of Supreme Teacher Training was named as Peking Normal College (北平高等师范学校), establishing her own affiliated primary school and secondary school.

Establishment of graduate programs

Recruitment for female students

Peking Normal College was renamed as Peking Normal University (北平师范大学)which was the first normal university in Chinese modern education history.

The Peking Women’s College of Education(北平女子师范大学) merged into Peking Normal University.

Peking Normal University had to move to Xi’an since Peking was occupied by Japanese invaders. Together with National Peking University, National Beiyang College of Engineering, the three institutions formed Xi’an Temporary University.

Xi’an Temporary University moved to Han Zhong and was renamed as National Northwest Union University and Peking Normal University was renamed as Faculty of Education, National Northwest Union University.

Faculties and students gradually moved back to Peking. Those faculties remaining in Xi’an became teaching staff in Northwest University and Northwest Normal College, supporting the development of Higher Education in Northwest China. In November 1946, Peking Normal University reopened in Peking.

The city was renamed as Beijing in February. In September, the university was renamed as Beijing Normal University. 

Fu Jen Catholic University merged into Beijing Normal University.

The new campus established at BeiTaiPingZhuang.

The university sent 76 professors to 15 provinces, supporting to establish local normal schools.

Culture Revolution broke out and the university had to close.

The university restarted to recruit undergraduate students.

The University reopened the graduate programs.

Post doctoral workstation established.

Became member of Project 211 

Became member of Project 985 Phase I 

Signing an agreement with Ministry of Education and Beijing Municipal Government, Beijing Normal 
University became the 10th university on the list to get special support from the Chinese Government, aiming to be a world prestigious university.

Celebration of Centennial Anniversary

Became member of Project 985 Phase II

On May 4 2006, Premier WEN Jiabao took a special visit to Beijing Normal University, enjoying the Youth Day together with BNU students. 

In 2007, the Chinese government implemented the Fee-Waiver Policy for teacher training programs in six normal universities which are supervised by the Ministry of Education. On September 9, Premier WEN Jiabao took a special visit to Beijing Normal University in order to meet the freshmen enrolled in the Fee-Waiver Program for teacher training. Premier WEN delivered an important speech on education reformation and improving the education for students enrolled in teacher-training programs, which recognized the educational achievements at Beijing Normal University and directed the future reformation in teacher training programs. 

In 2007, Beijing Normal University had 16 national key disciplines, including 5 general disciplines and 11 specialized disciplines. Beijing Normal University became a comprehensive university, covering almost all the disciplines except military science. 


Project 211: The Chinese government's new endeavor aimed at strengthening about 100 institutions of higher education and key disciplinary areas as a national priority for the 21st century.

Project 985: In 1998 the central government, prompte d by the former President Jiang Zemin's decis ion that China should develop world-class universities, announced the 985 Project, designed to channel millions of dollars into a handful of elite universities in an effort to bring them to international prominence.