Nestled next to the natural beauty of West Lake, the city of Hangzhou is the most populous and popular destination in Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. It provides the backdrop for one of China’s oldest universities, Hangzhou Normal University. Established in 1908 as the Zhejiang Official Secondary Normal School, the university has grown to become a respected educational institution encompassing two faculties (Education and Medical Science), 18 schools, and a teaching hospital, with over 17,000 undergraduate and 2,700 graduate students.
Despite its size and accomplishments over the past 110 years, the university is still growing, developing, and improving. With a focus on both education and research, it is constantly striving to extract the best quality research from its faculty and to produce students eminently qualified to join the workforce as productive and useful members of society.
Within this supplement, we have striven to provide a representative sampling of the exceptional research currently being conducted at the university, the range of which is both deep and broad. A common theme is that the authors are attempting to push scientific boundaries while remaining focused on asking questions and finding solutions that will benefit their society and drive progress in China.