Shaanxi Normal University, China
Directly administered by the Ministry of Education of China, Shaanxi Normal University, 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 currently has 4 national key disciplines, 15 first-level doctoral majors and 112 second-level doctoral programs, 40 first-level master’s majors and 197 second-level master’s degree programs, 1 professional doctoral program in Doctor of Education, and 22 professional master’s programs (including 9 master of engineering programs), covering all fields of disciplines in China except for military science. The University offers 66 undergraduate majors, with 11 majors being recognized as National-Level Specialty Majors, 22 majors as Provincial-Level Specialty Majors and 12 majors as Provincial-Level Prestigious Majors. 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. 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 “Virtuousness, 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.