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Beijing Normal University

Beijing Normal University

Our strategic partnership agreement with Beijing Normal University, China, signed on 28 November 2019, strengthens our long-standing relationship and extensive collaboration within fields of mutual interest.

As a result of the close alliance between Beijing Normal University and Cardiff University, our collaboration – which now spans all three Colleges at Cardiff– has enabled a rich history of research exchange, student transfer agreements, and both short and long-term teaching activities.

Through the strategic partnership, a dedicated collaboration fund has been established, designed to support staff and students to engage more actively with Beijing Normal University across common areas of research, teaching and education.

Whilst the majority of our research and academic cooperation with Beijing Normal University has been within the following disciplines, any new forms of collaboration which can further strengthen our partnership with Beijing Normal is strongly encouraged across all subject areas:

  • education
  • modern languages
  • brain research
  • earth sciences and physical geography
  • mathematics
  • artificial intelligence and big data

Beijing Normal University

Widely acknowledged as one of China’s most prestigious education institutions, Beijing Normal University has over 22,000 full-time students, including over 10,000 Undergraduates, 12,700 Postgraduates and 1,600 international students.

Beijing Normal University is a Project 211 and 985 institution, and, in 2017, was named as a Double First-Class University with eleven subject areas to be supported under the World Class Disciplines initiative through the China Ministry of Education to include education science, psychology, Chinese language and literature, mathematics, system science, environmental science and engineering, linguistics, Chinese history, geography, ecology and drama and film studies.

Cardiff-China Joint College for Chinese Studies

The Cardiff-China Joint College for Chinese Studies is a unique collaboration in teaching and research between the School of Modern Languages in Cardiff and the School of Chinese Language and Literature in Beijing Normal University.

Students study for a BA in Chinese from Cardiff University and a BA in Chinese Language and Culture from Beijing Normal University, spending their first year in Cardiff, years two and three in Beijing, and their final year in Cardiff.

To find out more about the Cardiff-China Joint College and how to apply, contact Daniel Bickerton at

Beijing Normal University Mobility Fund

As part of our strategic partnership with Beijing Normal University, a joint collaborative research fund has been established.

The fund intends to foster ties between the parties and to stimulate staff and student exchange leading to the development of new areas of joint research, innovation and educational initiatives.

Find out about the collaboration fund and how to apply.

Get in touch

For enquiries relating to the strategic partnership with Beijing Normal University, please contact:

International Partnerships Engagement Manager

Sophie Lewis