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Hebei Normal University is a university in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China. It is a provincial key university with a hundred-year history. The university originated from Shuntian School established in Beijing in 1902 and Beiyang Women Normal School established in Tianjin in 1906. Approved by Hebei provincial government, the former Hebei Teachers University, Hebei Teachers College, Hebei Education Institute established in 1952 and Hebei Vocational and Technological College merged into one in June 1996 and was named Hebei Normal University. Hebei Normal University is an early-established large-scale university in China. The names of many great revolutionary pioneers such as Deng Yingchao, Liu Qingyang, Guo Longzhen, Yang Xiufeng and Kang Shien are on the list of graduates.
A group of famous scholars like Liang Suming, Zhang Shenfu and Tang Yongtong and others are on the list, too. Among the graduates are some academicians such as Yan Luguang and Hao Bolin and famous coaches and athletes who won championship in international games such as Xu Shaofa and Cai Zhenhua. Since 1949, Hebei Normal University has educated more than 200,000 students. Hebei Normal University covers 1829 mu (121 hectares). The university library has a collection of 3,30,000 volumes of books.
The university embraces a faculty and staff of 2852 with a teaching faculty of 1,480 among whom there are 359 professors, 974 associate professors, 1 academician of China Academy of Sciences, 106 provincial model experts, 138 Ph.D. supervisors and 871 postgraduate tutors. Total number of on-campus undergraduate students is 57,658, including 33404 students majored in 2-year or 4-year programs, 3866 graduate students and 20,388 further education students.
Since the merging of four universities in 1996, the university has got two national awards of teaching achievements, 41 provincial awards of teaching achievements and has undertaken eight state projects of teaching innovation as well as 11 provincial level projects concerning the same areas. From 1997 to 2011, the university undertook 718 research programs above department level, among them 231 programs are national(37 natural science research programs and 18 social science research programs)and 199 research programs at the provincial (123 natural science research programs and 76 social science research programs).
Since the year of 2002, the annually funds for research has rapidly increased from ï¿¥6 millions to ï¿¥42.29 millions in 2008. There are 143 newly-undertaken state research projects, including 112 natural science programs and 31 social science programs. The university has undertaken some state key research programs with significance, for example, programs of National "973" Plan, State "863" Plan, Plans, key programs and special programs, for example, key programs on transferring agricultural research into technology and transgenic industry development program sponsored by National Science Foundation, Key Program of Pre-study Plans of State Science and Technology Ministry, Key programs of National Social Science Foundation and The state key project of Qing-dynasty History and so on. Some of the achievements produced from these programs, published in Science, The Plant Cell, Inventions, Mathematical, Advances in Mathematics, and The Astrophysical Journal, are first-level both home and abroad.