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History of NNU

The history of Nanjing Normal University (NNU) can be traced back to 1902 with the establishment of Sanjiang Normal College, one of the cradles of China’s higher normal schools. It evolved into Liangjiang Excellent Normal College, National Nanjing Higher Normal School, National Southeast University, the Fourth Zhongshan University, National Jiangsu University, National Central University, and then Nanjing University in the following decades. The other origin of Nanjing Normal University is Nanking University which was established in 1888 and it developed into Private Ginling University in 1910. In 1951, Private Ginling University and Private Ginling Women's Arts and Science College, which was known as Private Ginling Women's University, were integrated to National Ginling University. In 1952, as the result of the nationwide adjustment of higher education, some schools and departments of Nanjing University and Ginling University were separated from the former universities and merged into Nanjing Normal College which was set up on the former site of the Ginling Women's University. In 1984, Nanjing Normal College was renamed Nanjing Normal University. In 1996, it entered the list of key universities of “Project 211”. In 2000, Nanjing Power College was incorporated into the university as well.

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