Shandong Normal University

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Shandong Normal University
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Former names
Shandong Normal College
Type Public
Established 1950
Officer in charge
Dr. Zhixiao Shang
President Dr. Bo Tang
Students around 37.000
Location Jinan, Shandong,  People's Republic of China
Nickname Shanshi (山师)

Shandong Normal University (simplified Chinese: 山东师范大学; traditional Chinese: 山東師範大學; pinyin: Shāndōng Shīfàn Dàxué, English acronym SDNU) is a university located in Jinan City, Shandong Province, China. It is one of the earliest institutions of higher learning established in Shandong Province since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.


Predecessor schools of teachers education in Shandong date back to 1902. The university itself was established in 1950 and was known as 山东师范学院 (Shandong Normal College) until 1981. The new campus welcomed the first batch of students in 2005.


The university has two campuses, covering an area of 600 acres. Currently there are more than 34,600 full-time Chinese students and more than 200 international students.

Qilu Culture Research Centre and Elementary Teaching Courses Research Centre at SDNU are the only two key research centers of the humanities established at provincial universities by the Ministry of Education of China (MOE). SDNU publishes six worldwide academic periodicals. Among them is China Population Resources & Environment, which is the only academic journal focusing on sustainable development in China.

SDNU has established co-operative relationships with 59 universities from more than 15 countries and regions. Since 2011, it regularly employs foreign instructors for special two-week courses in English on issues relating to the web and media through the School of Communications. SDNU is one of the first universities approved by the Ministry of Education of China (1983) to recruit international students and to receive international China scholarship students. And SDNU is among the HSK exam centers approved by MOE. Since then, over 5,000 international students have graduated from the university.

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