Tianjin Normal University (TNU), founded in 1958, was originally named Tianjin Teachers College and was named as Tianjin Normal University in June 1982. In April 1999, with the approval by the Ministry of Education, Tianjin Municipal Committee of the CPC and Tianjin Municipal Government decided to found the new Tianjin Normal University by integrating the old Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin Teachers Training Academy, and Tianjin Educational Institute. Approved by Tianjin Municipal Government in March 2003, the construction project of the new campus of TNU was officially initiated. TNU now has 23 colleges, 1 independent college, 49 research institutes, and 87 specialties for undergraduates (including 56 specialties for 4-year students and 31 for 2-year students). Offering programs at various levels and in many disciplines, the university has developed a unique system of education, with a series of pre- and in – service training courses and different levels of education for different purposes: for academic degrees, for diplomas or simply for training. The programs offered have already covered 8 of the 11 academic disciplines for undergraduates. TNU also boasts the "Psychology and Behavior Research Center", one of the one hundred major humanities and social sciences research centers under the Ministry of Education, Tianjin research lab of modern Pedagogical techniques, a key lab of water environment and water resources and a research center for politics and humanistic social science. It also has an affiliated middle school and an affiliated primary school. TNU offers four International Standard courses of Business Administration (International Business Administration), Accounting (International Accounting), Pre-school Education (International Pre-school Education), Applied Physics. Based on the multilateral cooperation with Universities of UK, USA and Australia, TNU and agreement universities complement the International standard of mutual recognition of credits and double-degree awarding. Students can study under the cross-cultural background with the English teaching courses. This program provides professional courses with wide adaptability and international curriculum system which are favored by international students. Tianjin Normal University offers places for over 3100 international students from more than 50 countries and for over 110 students from Hong Kong, Macaw and Taiwan every year. The total scale of the international students ranks the first among all the colleges and universities in Tianjin from the year 2007 to 2012. Tianjin Normal Universitys Ba Li Tai Campus is situated on Wei Jin Road å«æ´¥è·¯ in the heart of downtown Tianjin. It hosts students studying Chinese as a foreign language and Chinese self-paying students èªè´¹ç. Tianjin Normal Universitys Xi Qing Campus is situated on West Bin Shui Avenue å®¾æ°´è¥¿é. The university is hosting 23 colleges and 50 research organizations and 87 undergraduate departments. 20,540 Full-time students currently study at Tianjin Normal University. Among all the international students, TNU has alumni become Ambassadors and high officials in education. Many international students won prizes in various contests for international students in China and in Tianjin. TNU is the demonstration base school for international students studying in China authorized by Chinese ministry of Education; the university receiving international students funded by Chinese Government Scholarship, Huawei Scholarship, Excellent International Students Scholarship, Confucius Institute Scholarship; the university receiving Ministry of Education exemption Hong Kong and Macau students; TNU enjoys quite high prestige in international student education.