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Nanjing Normal University

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Nanjing Normal University (NNU or NJNU; ) is a public research university in Nanjing, China. Founded in 1902 as Sanjiang Normal School, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious higher normal schools in China, and has become a research-intensive comprehensive university co-funded by the Ministry of Education of China and Jiangsu Provincial Government since its separation from Nanjing University in 1952. NNU is a leading National Key University designated by China's former Project 211, Plan 111, and Double First Class University Plan. As of 2020, NNU has three campuses in Nanjing, namely Xianlin, Suiyuan, and Zijin. It consists of 28 colleges and schools with an enrollment of 18,369 undergraduates and 12,564 graduate students, including 1,525 doctoral candidates. In the fiscal year 2021, the university acquired six Key Projects from the National Social Science Fund of China, ranking 10th among domestic institutions. NNU is a relatively selective university that only admits domestic students who score in the top 5% (95th percentile) in the National College Entrance Examination. The 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked NNU 401st-500th globally. The history of Nanjing Normal University can be traced to 1902 with the establishment of Sanjiang Normal School (三江师范学堂). Sanjiang refers to a historical province in Qing dynasty that roughly covers three provinces in contemporary China, including Jiangsu, Jiangxi, and Anhui. The college evolved into Liangjiang Advanced Normal School, National Nanjing Higher Normal School, National Southeastern University, National 4th Sun Yat-sen University, National Jiangsu University, National Central University, and Nanjing University in the following decades. The other origin of Nanjing Normal University is the University of Nanking (金陵大学) which was established in 1888 as Nanking Academy and developed into Private University of Nanking in 1910. It was the first institution in China officially named "university" in English and was registered with the New York State Education Department.
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