Shandong Normal University
Introduction to Shandong Normal University
Shandong Normal University (SDNU) is located in the historically and culturally famous city of Jinan. The environment with the constructive cultures of Qi and Lu, the humanistic aura in the Spring city of Jinan, and the enduring Confucian tradition has condensed in SDNU a cultural gene of devotion to virtues and knowledge, as well as an academic spirit to honor talents and to strive for ideals. During the past 70 years since it was founded, SDNU has both lived up and contributed to the culture of Shandong Province. The university has also made efforts to highlight the feature of teachers’ education and has turned into a comprehensive pedagogical institution of higher education with a complete range of disciplines, a degree system at all levels, a prestigious team of teaching staff, and an excellent social reputation.
In March 1981, the university was honored as a provincial key institution of higher education; in August, it was formally renamed from Shandong Teachers College to Shandong Normal University. In November 2012, SDNU joined the first batch of prestigious universities in Shandong province aiming at cultivating the practice-oriented talents. In March 2014, SDNU was approved to be listed as an institution co-built by both Shandong Province and the Chinese Ministry of Education.
At SDNU, there are now 21 schools and faculties, 67 undergraduate programs, 13 post-doctoral research centers, 15 disciplines accredited for doctoral programs, 33 disciplines accredited for master’s programs, and 19 professional master’s programs. The programs offered by SDNU cover ten disciplinary areas in the Chinese Academic Discipline Index, and the numbers of degree disciplines and professional degree programs offered by SDNU top the institutions in the province. In particular, two disciplines have been accredited as the national key disciplines, namely, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and Principles of Education, and five disciplines have been listed as top 1 percent of the Essential Science Indicators (ESI).
In the fourth round of the National Discipline Ranking Assessment, SDNU received the highest score among provincial-level institutions in Shandong; and 13 disciplines at SDNU ranked the top 11-40 percent in China. Furthermore, according to the Nature Index, SDNU has ranked number one among the provincial-level institutions in Shandong for five consecutive years.
SDNU has established an education system covering all stages of education, including preschool education, primary education, secondary education, higher education and continuing education, and has formed an integrated system that includes programs for both the undergraduate and graduate level of studies and the postdoctoral research. SDNU is the only institution with both of these two systems in Shandong Province; it is also the leading institute of the Shandong teachers’ education alliance of higher education institutions. The university has made remarkable achievements in terms of its research and application of educational theories, and has received the largest number of awards among other provincial colleges. Meanwhile, SDNU has made provincially pioneering actions to offer master’s and doctoral studies in the disciplines such as Pedagogy, Psychology, Curriculum and Teaching Methodology, Fine Arts, Music and Dancing, and Education Technology that emphasize the characteristics and the advantages of teachers’ education.
The university is currently seizing the opportunities to push forward reforms, to speed up its development, and to strive for building a first-class comprehensive university with the characteristics of teachers’ education in China.