Xinyang Normal University is located in the south of Henan Province and is one of the two key normal universities in Henan Province. It is known as "the cradle of teachers" and "the most beautiful university in Henan Province." It was founded in 1975 and was upgraded to a university-level school in 1978 with the approval of the State Council. In 1998, it was approved by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council as a master's degree authorized institution.
The university has more than 40 years of undergraduate and more than 20 years of graduate school history and experience. There are 23 independently-set teaching units and one independent research institute. There are 10 undergraduate courses, 79 undergraduate majors, 15 master's degree-awarded first-level disciplines, and 8 professional master's degree-granting rights, and jointly trained doctoral students with Minnan Normal University and Chinese Academy of Forestry. The university has 3 state-level specialties, 1 national comprehensive professional reform pilot specialty, 23 provincial-level specialty and professional comprehensive reform pilot specialties.
Among all the 1,800 faculty members in XYNU, nearly 600 of them hold a title of professorship or associate professorship, more than 1300 teachers have master or doctor degrees, and over 100 either enjoys special allowances from the State Council or honorable titles of “Outstanding Expert”, “Distinguished Professor”, “Academic and Technical Leader”, or “Outstanding Teacher” at the provincial level. And in its full-time undergraduate and graduate programs, XYNU now has a total enrollment of 25,000 students from 27 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions throughout China.
XYNU attaches great importance to scientific research. It has established the Humanities & Social Science Key Research Base of Henan Province, the Engineering Laboratory of Henan Province, the Academician Workstation of Henan Province as well as other more than 20 scientific research platforms. It has undertaken and completed more than 600 scientific research projects at or above ministerial or provincial levels. Apart from the 360 works published, a total of over 11,500 academic papers have been issued in academic journals at home and abroad, among which 1,600 have been embodied in such authoritative databases as SCI, EI, ISTP and CSSCI, and meanwhile more than 3,200 scientific research prizes of different categories have been awarded to the university at or above the prefectural level.
In purchase of openness and inclusiveness, XYNU has forged friendly ties with colleges and universities in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Italy and other countries. While sending students to further education in countries like Korea, New Zealand and USA etc, it has also received many foreign students from the U.S., Madagascar, Thailand, Zambia, Pakistan, etc.