Directly administered by the Ministry of Education of China, Shaanxi Normal University (website: www.snnu.edu.cn/), a key university under the construction plan of China’s national “211 Project” and a university under China’s Innovation Platform Construction Plan of the“985” Superior Discipline of Teacher Education, is a major base for training teachers and administrators of higher learning institutes and secondary schools as well as other high-level professionals in China, and is known as the “Cradle of Teachers” in Northwest China.
The University, situated in the ancient capital city of Xi’an, one of the four internationally renowned historical and cultural cities, was founded in 1944 under its original name “Shaanxi Provincial Teachers’ College”, and then renamed “Xi’an Teachers’ College” in 1954. In 1960, it merged with “Shaanxi Teachers’ College” to become “Shaanxi Normal University”. In 1978, it was brought under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education of China.
During its more than 70-year history in education, the University, while rooted in China’s West, has embraced the whole country, developed a school spirit of “Morality, Learning, Aspiration and Action” and has seen itself become firmly established in Western China as an influential top-tier comprehensive teachers training university, as it strives to achieve the goal of building itself to be a major comprehensive research university distinguished by its teacher education.
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International teachers are an important part of our faculty, who bring with them expertise to our campus and help broaden the vision of our faculty and students alike.
In 2013, SNNU invited 35 foreign experts (teachers) to work on our campus, who were from the U.S.A., U.K., Canada, Germany, Singapore, Russia, Japan, Philippines, and Russia.
Thirty of them were language teachers, teaching English, Japanese, German and Russian to foreign language majors and undergraduate and graduate students in other majors.
Another five foreign teachers taught courses and conducted research in other fields and majors in the International Business School, International School of Chinese Studies, School of Physical Education, School of Politics and Economics and the Research Center for Religious Studies.
About the City
Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. It is about 2 hours by air from Beijing and 2? hours from Shanghai. Known as the leading city of China’s Western Development Drive Program since 1990s, Xi’an is an important economic, cultural, industrial and educational center of the central-northwest region, providing visitors with modern and convenient facilities.
Xi’an was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and played a very important part in Chinese history. Today Xi’an is one of the most important and convenient transportation hubs in central and western China. Frequent flights, trains and buses connect the city with other major cities all around the country. The urban transportation of the city has been somewhat frustrating in recent years because of the metro construction. Now metro line 1, line 2 and line 3 are in operation. Several other lines are also under construction or in the planning process. For now the buses and taxis can take you to get around the city.
Xi’an is a foodie paradise, with excellent restaurants serving local and international cuisine. You can’t come to Xi’an without sampling the following: savory, often spicy roujiaomo “burgers”; DIY roupaomo, a soupy concoction of bread in mutton stew; cumin-laden meat skewers in the Muslim Quarter; and refreshing liangpi rice noodles with peanut sauce, perfect for cooling down in the heat of summer. Make sure to visit the night market to explore the flavors of Shaanxi street food.