Huaibei Normal University, located in the City of Huaibei – one of China’s important energy bases and a National Garden City, is a regular undergraduate teachers university with a comparatively long history in Anhui Province. The university was founded as Anhui Normal University at Huaibei in 1974.
Situated at the foot of a mount and covered with green grasses, various trees and flowers which are not only luxuriant, but also well-spaced, the university campus is full of pleasant scenes and strong humanistic atmosphere. Hence it has been entitled "Garden-like Unit of Anhui" by the Department of Construction of Anhui Province. The university campus covers an area of about 140 hectares with the building area 466,000 square meters.
The university library has stored 1.57 million paper books and 1.1 million e-books, and the total value of equipments for teaching and research is 130 million yuan. Various classrooms and laboratories are fully functional and well-equipped with advanced facilities and can meet the needs of teaching, research and talent cultivation. Now the university has 17 schools, 48 undergraduate specialties which cover 5 fields of disciplines. Up to now the university has been authorized to confer master degrees in 8 first-level discipline and 66 second-level disciplines, and it has also been approved to confer a professional degree - Master of Education.
The university has a rationally-structured and competent teachership. Among the full-time teachers 671 have got their doctor or master degrees and 524 have been awarded senior professional titles. Now it has 2 concurrent-post academicians, 1 state-level candidate of the "New Century Hundred, Thousand, and Ten-thousand Talent Project", 1 candidate of the "Excellent Young Teachers Program of MOE", 3 "Wanjiang Scholar" chair professors, 6 provincial-level star teachers, 6 provincial-level academic and technological leading teachers, 8 provincial outstanding university disciplinary talents, 27 provincial university disciplinary leading teachers among the young and middle-aged, 57 provincial outstanding young and middle-aged university teachers, 14 "National Outstanding Teachers" or "National May 1 Labor Medal" winners, 13 teachers enjoying special government allowance, 13 recipients of "ZENG Xian-zi Education Fund" and 14 provincial-level outstanding teachers, teacher-morality pacesetters or outstanding Party workers.
The university is also competent in scientific research. Now it has 5 state-level feature specialties, 3 provincial-level key specialties, 5 provincial-level key disciplines, 4 provincial-level key laboratories, 4 provincial-level model specialties in teaching reform, 4 provincial-level feature specialties, 1 provincial-level scientific and technological innovation team, 1 provincial-level teaching team, 4 provincial-level model centers for experimental teaching of foundation courses, 1 provincial-level experimental center for innovation of talent cultivation mode, 8 provincial-level courses with priority in construction, 20 provincial-level competitive courses and 1 municipal-level engineering center. The university has already undertaken 71 teaching research projects at provincial-level or above during the past few years, among which there are 18 key ones.
In the latest two provincial-level teaching achievement evaluations, the university won 19 prizes with 5 first and 6 second. It has undertaken 55 state-level and 252 provincial-level or ministerial-level research projects, got 168 academic books and 4,200 research papers published with 332 papers in the journals included in the indexes SCI, EI and ISTP, and won 25 research awards at provincial or ministerial level and 2 at state level. The university currently sponsors the following academic journals or newspapers: Journal of Huaibei Normal University, Ancient Chinese Books Research, Collected Papers of Documentary Study in Anhui, and Huaibei Normal University News.
The university also attaches great importance to exchange and cooperation with other institutions. It has established interscholastic exchange and cooperation relationships with more than 70 key universities and research institutes within China, and Western Kentucky University, Roger Williams University, Harding University in the United States, La Trobe University in Australia. The exchange and cooperation have been strengthened by both inviting scholars from home and abroad to deliver lectures and holding state-level and provincial-level academic conferences at the university.