Nanjing Normal University (hereinafter referred to as NNU) enjoys a high reputation of international students recruitment. It is one of the twenty leading Chinese universities that earliestly enrolled overseas students, with a history over 50 years. In 1980s, NNU was authorized by the Chinese Ministry of Education as “Chinese Language Education Base in Southern China”. In 1993, the university officially set up the undergraduate major in Chinese Literature specifically designed for international students.
In May 1996, the International College for Chinese Studies was established. In 2000, the college was authorized by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council as the only Chinese Education Base in Jiangsu Province. In 2001, the International College for Chinese Studies was approved by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) as HSK testing centre. In 2003, the College was rewarded as “National Base for Teaching Chinese Language to Foreigners” by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
The International College for Chinese Studies is well renowned by its foundation program, with remarkable achievements. In 2005, the college was authorized by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) as preparatory education pilot institute, and it is one the first three Chinese universities which offer foundation course programs. So far, there are 10 universities in China providing foundation program to more than 1000 scholarship students who intend to pursue bachelor’s degree in China annually, and NNU ranks the top.
At present, the International College for Chinese Studies is comprised of a variety of programs, in multiple levels, ranging from degree programs, including bachelor, master and doctoral programs, to non-degree programs, including both long-term and short-term courses. After several years of development, the institute now has an academic team of high-quality teaching staff, and most of the academic and administrative staff possess international education backgrounds or overseas teaching experiences.
The International College for Chinese Studies attaches most importance on international cooperation and exchanges. It has established bilateral collaborations on various aspects with nearly 110 countries and regions, which contains faculty exchange, student exchange, joint-school programs, Chinese language education to foreigners, teacher training and textbook compilation. The college takes great participation in academic and administrative work in Confucius Institute programs with University of Belgrade (Serbia), North Carolina State University (U.S.A) and Pace University (U.S.A.), and has been making positive contributions to Chinese language education and cultural communications.