Founded in 1902, Beijing
Normal University (BNU)
is one of China's earliest-established institutions of higher
learning as well as one of the ten key universities in the country.
BNU has at present 12 colleges, 24 departments, 21 research institutes
and 25 research centres with a 3,456 person staff. The student
body in 1999 was 15,130, including 436 PH.D students, 1,286 Master's
degree students, 5,590 undergraduate and diploma students, 7,168
undergraduate and diploma students for adult education, and 650
BNU provides excellent conditions
for study and research, and is famous for its superior teaching.
The university faculty places emphasis on the theoretical research
of education as well as the improvement in practice of teaching
BNU began to accept students
from abroad in 1965. Today it has international students not
only studying Chinese as a foreign language, but enrolled in
regular degree programs. The university feels it has gained tremendously
from its experiences teaching students from abroad. Recognizing
the diversity of cultures and languages amongst international
students, the faculty of BNU strive to find the best possible
teaching methods so that their students gain as much as possible
during their residence at BNU. BNU warmly welcomes students from
around the world, and sincerely wishes to deepen its friendship
with all countries through academic exchanges.