Central China Normal University

Central China Normal University
Former names
Huachung University
Motto 求实创新, 立德树人
Type Public (national)
Established 1903
President Yang Zongkai (杨宗凯)
Academic staff
700 professors, 4,000 teaching staff
Students 22,000
Location Wuhan, Hubei, China
Campus Urban, 330 acres
Nickname Huashi
Website www.ccnu.edu.cn

Central China Normal University (CCNU) or Huazhong Normal University (simplified Chinese: 华中师范大学; traditional Chinese: 華中師範大學; pinyin: Huázhōng Shīfàn Dàxué), located in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, is a comprehensive university directly under the administration of the Chinese Ministry of Education. The campus of over 2,000 Mu (330 acres) is on Guizi Hill, bordering South Lake.

It is one of the schools included in the Project 211, and is also funded by the Project 985. CCNU, along with East China Normal University and Beijing Normal University are the top three normal universities in mainland China.[1] CCNU is ranked 3rd together with Fudan University and just after Peking University and Renmin University of China.[2]


The predecessor of CCNU is the combination of Huachung University (华中大学), Chunghua University (私立武昌中华大学) and the Pedagogical College of Zhongyuan University, with Huachung University as the main part. Huachung University was the largest and most influential mission university in south central China, and it developed from Boone College which was founded in 1903. In 1951, the public Huazhong University came into being after the Pedagogical College of Zhongyuan University merged with Huachung University. Then it was reorganized into Huazhong Higher Normal College in 1952 and later renamed Central China Normal College in 1953. In 1985, the university was formally entitled Central China Normal University and Deng Xiaoping, one of the founders of Zhongyuan University, inscribed the new name of the university. In 1993, President Jiang Zemin wrote an inscription for the university “Developing normal education, improving the nation’s quality”.


Boone College

Private Huachung University

Public Huazhong University

Central China Higher Normal College

Central China Normal College

Central China Normal University


As of September 2016
University rankings
QS[3] 751-800

Since the 7th Five-Year Plan was carried out, the teaching staff have conducted scientific research projects such as national high-tech project 863,national "Torch Program".

The university is among the first higher institutions in China to offer doctoral and postgraduate degrees, and to confer the titles of professor, associate professor and doctoral supervisor. It has established undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral programs, and has set up full-time to adult-education programs.

The national social science research work of CCNU ranks top 10 in China, and its social science research work was ranked top 6 for four consecutive years by the Ministry of Education of China.

CCNU has academic links and cooperation with more than 20 universities, colleges and research institutes in America, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France, Italy, Britain, Japan, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Brazil.

Foreign experts and teachers are invited to teach at the university and faculty members have been sent abroad for further study, visit or joint research.


National Key Disciplines

The Ministry of Education chose CCNU as one of the national key universities which has a number of important and promoted disciplines to international academic level. They consist of Chinese and Foreign Political Systems, Theoretical Physics, Scientific Socialism and International Communist Movement, Education Theory, Chinese Modern and Contemporary History, Literature and Art Studies, Pesticide Science and Basic Principles of Marxism.

National Key Laboratories

CCNU hosts two national key laboratories that are sponsored by central government and promoted to become research centers recognized among worldwide academics: Labaratory for Quark and Lepton Physics and Laboratory for Pesticide Science and Chemical Biology

Campus organizations and activities

There are nationality based student unions and the Association of Kazakh Students of CCNU being the biggest one consisting nearly 100 members.

Campus canteens

Students are able to have meals in any of the seven canteens with a campus ID card. CCNU has implemented electronic students ID Cards that can serve as debit cards. The service desks and ID card machines in every canteen are available within opening hours.

Schools, departments and institutes

International cooperation

Main international partners include Oxford University, McGill University, and Moscow State University. Cooperation agreements signed in 2014 are GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, RMIT University and Macquarie University.


CUAA[5] 30
Wu Shulian 31
ARWU 500+
National by Subject (MOE)[6]
Politics 3
Education 5
Psychology 5
Chinese Language and Literature 4
History of China 4
Information 5



Notable alumni

Notable professors


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