Hangzhou Normal University was formally known as Hangzhou Teachers College which was founded in 1978, but the forerunner of the university can be traced back to the Zhejiang 2-level Normal School established in 1908. In the March of 2007, it was authorized by the State Educational Ministry to change its name into Hangzhou Normal University (HNU).
The university is located in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, which is reputed as a renowned city of historical and cultural heritage and “the Best Tourism City” in China. There is only a stone’s throw away from the world famous scenic resort --- the West Lake.
The university has established inter-university exchange and cooperative relations with over 30 universities and institutions of higher learning in USA, Great Britain, Korea, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and the Taiwan region. It was authorized to enroll and train overseas students. In addition, it runs a training program for teachers to teach Chinese language abroad.