Northeast Normal University (NENU) is an institution of higher learning under the direct administration of the Ministry of Education, and one of the national key universities given construction priority of the 211 Project. NENU is located in Changchun City—the beautiful Spring City of Northern China, and reputed as the cradle of teachers.
NENU's predecessor was the Northeast University, which was founded in Benxi City, Liaoning Province in February, 1946. In July, 1948, the Northeast University moved southward to Jilin City and merged with Jilin University, and was named Northeast University to begin with its regularized school education. From 1948 to 1949, the former Northeast University in Shenyang City, Changchun University, and Baicheng Normal University were consecutively merged into Northeast University, which was made the largest comprehensive university in the Northeast of China at that time. In July, 1949, the university transferred to Changchun City.
In April, 1950, Northeast University was renamed as Northeast Normal University to meet the needs of national education development, and became a normal university of higher learning aimed to train the new-type middle school teachers, under the administration of the Ministry of Education. In 1996, it became one of the first key universities in the national 211 Project. In 2009, it undertook the national project— 985 Project Innovation Platform for Teacher Education & Advantageous Discipline'.
In recent years, NENU has achieved great improvement in such aspects as discipline construction, talents training, teaching staff, scientific research, international cooperation, social service and the overall education condition, with the support of 211 Project and 985 Project Innovation Platform for Teacher Education & Advantageous Discipline. NENU has 23 schools (departments) and becomes a comprehensive, research-oriented university with its own characteristics, including such disciplines as philosophy, economics, law, pedagogy, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, management and arts.