The history of QJNU can be traced back in 1907, when a Teachers Training Institute was founded in Qujing, and in 1912, it was renamed the Third Provincial Teachers College in Yunnan. In 1956, Qujing Teachers School was established, and in 1978, it was renamed Qujing Junior Teachers College.In 1993, Qujing Senior Teachers College was established, and seven years later in 2000, the former three schools of Qujing Senior Teachers College, Qujing Education College, and Qujing Teachers School merged into Qujing Normal University. Qujing Normal University (QJNU) is located in Qujing city, the second largest city in Yunnan province, the hometown of the Cuan culture, and one of the Top 10 National Residence-Friendly Cities in China, and where the Pearl River, which is the third longest river in China, originates.
In 1912, the Third Provincial Teachers School of Yunnan was established and in 1956, the school was renamed Qujing Teachers School. In 1977, the school began to enroll undergraduate students in collaboration with Kunming Normal College. In 1978, Qujing Junior Teachers College was established. In 1993, the college was renamed Qujing Senior Teachers College. In 1984, Qujing College of Education was established. In March 2000, the former three schools of Qujing Senior Teachers College, Qujing College of Education and Qujing Teachers School were merged into QJNU. In June 2007, QJNU received a B rating in the undergraduate education accreditation by the national Ministry of Education, and since 2010, the university has become one of the key universities enrolling high-quality students in Yunnan province. In December 2011, QJNU was awarded the prize of A National Civilized Unit by the Central Committee of Civilization Construction in China. The University has also won many awards from the Central and Provincial Committee of the Communist Youth League for its “Three Sends to the Countryside” programs consecutively in the past years. The employment rate of the undergraduate students is over 93%, ranking among the top in Yunnan province from the year 2004 to 2014 and it has won many awards from Yunnan provincial department of education.