It is a provincial undergraduate normal university, was founded in 1636. In 1904, it started its education training program. In 1978, it became Leizhou Normal College, and was elevated to Zhanjiang Normal University in 1991.
Statistics: It has a staff of over 1,446 including 926 full-time instructors, among whom there are 114 professors and 176 with doctorial degrees. The percentage of teachers with advanced professional titles amounts to 41% and that of instructors with master degrees or above amounts to 73%. At present, ZNU comprises 16 schools (departments) offering 49 undergraduate teacher-training and non-teacher-training specialties covering nine disciplines: economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agronomy and management with a complete talent-training system.