Northwest Normal University is a key university jointly built by the Gansu Provincial People's Government and the Ministry of Education. Its predecessor was the National Peking Normal University, which originated from the Jingshi Daxuetang Normal Hall established in 1902. In 1912 , it was changed to "National Beijing Normal University" and in 1923 , it was changed to "National Peking Normal University". After the "July 7th Incident" in 1937 , the National Peiping Normal University, the National Peiping University and the Beiyang Institute of Technology, which moved westward at the same time, jointly formed the Northwest United University. Normal university. In 1939 , the Teachers College of Northwest Union University was established independently, renamed the National Northwest Teachers College, and moved to Lanzhou in 1941 . After the victory of the Anti-Japanese War, the National Northwest Teachers College continued to run schools in Lanzhou. At the same time, Beiping Normal University (now Beijing Normal University) was restored. Before 1958 , the school was one of the six key higher normal colleges and universities in the country directly under the Ministry of Education . In 1958 , it was placed under the leadership of Gansu Province and renamed Gansu Normal University. In 1981 , it was renamed Northwest Normal University. In 1988 , it was renamed Northwest Normal University. In 2020 , it will be listed as a provincial university supported by the Gansu Provincial People's Government to enter the ranks of national first-class universities.
The school has good conditions for running schools. The school headquarters covers an area of 960 acres, the new campus covers an area of 541.8 acres , and the ecological training base is 2272.5 acres. The total planned construction area of the school building is 1.005 million square meters , including 307,000 square meters of various teaching and auxiliary buildings . The total value of various teaching and scientific research instruments and equipment is 422.1925 million yuan , and there are more than 4.0385 million volumes of various literature resources . The school has built a modern public education service network system with distance education, comprehensive educational administration and campus computer network, communication network and cable TV network as the main body .
Since its independent establishment, the school has trained more than 260,000 students of various types . The school recruits students from 31 provinces (municipalities and autonomous regions) across the country, and currently has 36,064 students of various types . Among them, there are 17,389 undergraduates , 573 doctoral students , 8,697 master students , 366 international students , and 9,039 continuing education students . The undergraduate teaching reform project has been implemented for six consecutive periods. In 2003 , the Ministry of Education's undergraduate teaching evaluation was excellent; in 2008 , the Ministry of Education's English undergraduate professional evaluation was excellent . In 2010 , it was rated as an advanced unit of national school art education.
The school is one of the first units identified by the State Council with the right to confer bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. There are 11 first-level doctoral programs (including 1 professional doctorate) in education, chemistry, Chinese language and literature, Chinese history, mathematics, physics, geography, psychology, biology, fine arts, and doctor of education . 2 second-level discipline doctoral programs (excluding first-level discipline coverage points), 30 first-level disciplines authorized for master's degree, 1 second-level discipline master's program (excluding first-level discipline coverage points), 18 professional master's degree authorization points . There are 2 national key (cultivation) disciplines, 36 provincial key disciplines , and 7 provincial advantageous characteristic disciplines. Chemistry, materials science, and engineering have entered the top 1% of the ESI global ranking . There are 79 general undergraduate majors (including 9 national specialties; 22 national first-class undergraduate majors ; 17 provincial first-class undergraduate majors ) , and a relatively reasonable degree authorization system has been formed, covering philosophy, economics, law. , education, literature, history, science, engineering, management, art and other 10 disciplines.