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Research Institutes

 Zhejiang Normal University is a research and teaching university. While it focuses on teaching and student satisfaction, the University also has strong research programs in various disciplines. ZJNU has over a hundred college-level research institutes and the following six university-level research institutes.

Institute of African Studies

The Institute of African Studies at Zhejiang Normal University was founded in 2007. It is the largest institute of comprehensive African studies in any Chinese institution of higher learning.

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Under the leadership of director Liu Hongwu, it integrates academic research, talents training, policy consultation and international exchange into an organic whole. At present, the institute offers three-year master’s programs in African Politics, Africology, African History and African Education.
The Institute has 30 researchers in four research centers: the Center for the Study of African Politics and International Relations, the Center for African Economic Studies, the Center for African Educational Studies, and the Center for the Study of African Historical Cultures. It also contains the Research Center for FOCAC (Forum of China-Africa Cooperation), the African Museum, the Translation Center for African Studies, and the library and professional website of “China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Program” (http://pdas.zjnu.edu.cn/). The Institute publishes a biannual Journal of African Studies and has compiled 120 volumes of African Studies Series, and is commissioned by the Ministry of Education to compile the annual Africa Development Report. It is a member of the Steering Committee of China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Program (FOCAC), of the “China-Africa Think Tanks 10+10 Partnership Plan” (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and of the Key Institutions for Region and Country Studies (Ministry of Education). 
The Institute has organized many international conferences in Africa. In 2010, the Institute hosted the “Seminar Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the FOCAC” in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Mr. Xi Jinping, then Vice President of China, delivered a keynote address. The China-Africa Think Tanks Forum (CATTF) is an initiative launched by the University in 2011 to create a shared platform for dialogue and exchanges between Chinese and African think tanks. The ideas presented at CATTF and the academic achievements it has produced provide intellectual support for the enhancement of China-Africa exchanges and the development of Sino-African relationships. 
Institute Contact Information
Tel: +86 (579) 8228-6091
Fax: +86 (579) 8228-6205
Master’s Programs
African International Relations
Chair: Liu Hongwu (刘鸿武)
International Politics of African Countries
Chair: Jiang Hengkun (姜恒昆)
African History
Chair: Liu Yun (刘云)
African Education
Chair: Niu Changsong(牛长松) 

Institute of Childhood Studies

The Institute of Childhood Studies was set up in 2005. It was the first children’s culture research institute sponsored by a university in China, and the first independent research organization in the University.

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The Institute aims to deepen children’s culture research, build a research team of high academic potential and national status, and produce cutting-edge research that can contribute to the discipline at a national and international level.


The Institute has set up four subsidiaries: the Children’s Cultural Theory and Policy Institute, the Children’s Development and Education Institute, the Children’s Literature Institute, and the Children’s Art Studio. It also sponsors the academic periodical China Children’s Culture, the Red Mansion Academic Book Series, and the China Children’s Culture Research Annual Report. The Institute has an International Children’s Literature House and a Taiwan Children’s Reading Material Center, and it hosts various government- and privately-funded projects, organizes national and international academic conferences, translates international children’s cultural research findings, and provides related consulting to government agencies and the general society. 

Institute Contact Information
Tel: +86 (579) 8228-2854
Fax: +86 (579) 8228-2921
Email: et@zjnu.cn

Tin Ka Ping Institute of Educational Research

Founded in 2007, the Tin Ka Ping Institute is under the direct supervision of the ZJNU administration. The founding director of the Institute, Xu Hui, is the Vice-chairman of the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Political Consultative Committee and also serves as a doctoral student advisor.

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The current director is Professor Sui Yifan, who is the Associate Director of the University Academic Council, a joint-appointment doctoral student advisor at East China Normal University, and a special appointment professor at Peking University. The Institute’s specialty is research in comparative education (especially African education), university curriculum and pedagogy, higher education theory and university culture. It offers two master’s programs in higher education and comparative education. 


The Institute consists of 11 full-time staff, 3 joint-appointment professors and 35 adjunct professors. Of the full-time staff, 9 are full-time researchers, 8 are doctoral degree holders, 8 are full-professors and 3 are doctoral student advisors. The Institute includes the Center for Comparative Education Research, University Culture Research Institute, Taiwan Higher Education Research Institute, Educational Theory and Educational History Research Institute, and the Editorial Board for Zhejiang Foundational Education Reform and Development.  There are also four University research institutions affiliated with the Institute: the Center for Higher Education Research, the Center for Teacher Education Research, the International Comparative Education Research Center, and the Ukraine Research Center. 

Institute Contact Information
Tel: +86 (579) 8228-7565
Fax: +86 (579) 8228-7565

Institute of International and Comparative Education

The Institute of International and Comparative Education was established in 2011 as a research institute directly under the governance of Zhejiang Normal University. Located on ZJNU’s Hangzhou campus, it has completed dozens of key research projects, edited and published six books, published more than 30 monographs and 200 papers, and won over 30 awards and honors from the nation, the province, the ministry, and the University.

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The Institute has close relations with a number of important interdisciplinary research platforms at ZJNU, such as the Education Aid Center, the Institute of African Studies, the College of Teacher Education, the Tin Ka Ping Institute of Educational Sciences, and outside of ZJNU, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Program, the Ministry of Education's China-Africa University Cooperation Program 20+20, and the China Scholarship Council's Senior Personnel Training Plan for International and Regional Issues (Africa) Study. All of these alliances provide theoretical as well as logistical support.
African education study is becoming the focus of research in the discipline of comparative education. In 2007, the discipline took on a key research project from Ministry of Education entitled “Higher education study of African countries” and carried out a long-term research in these countries. Over 30 researchers and their graduate students spent, for this project alone, one to six months in 15 African countries. This research group has published over 130 academic papers related to African education in more than 10 journals at home and abroad.
The Institute has established stable academic exchange and cooperation with nearly 20 prestigious universities in America, Europe, and Africa. Professor Peter McLaren, a American critical pedagogy educator, and Professor M. A. Geo-JaJa, an Nigerian-American scholar in the field of African education development, have been visiting professors of the Institute. Both of them give lectures at the Institute for one week to three months on a regular basis. Under the sustained support of professor Kenneth King, the world's leading researcher in African education and the former director of the African Studies Centre of University of Edinburgh, the Institute has established a friendly and cooperative ties with the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Switzerland. Moreover, as of 2014, the Institute offers PhD programs in Comparative Education.
The recent development target for the Institute has been to establish three research branches, namely, Comparative Educational Strategies and Policies, African Education, and International Education, with the long-term target to build it into a high level interdisciplinary research platform with both strong academic and political consulting capacities.
The discipline of Comparative Education in ZJNU, led and coordinated mainly by the Institute, has a staff of 21 researchers, including 10 professors and 7 associate professors, 20 of whom have doctoral degrees. In addition to four full-time researchers, the Institute has an honorary dean and three visiting professors. Professor Xu Hui, the honorary dean, also the founding dean of the Institute and the former president of ZJNU, is currently the Central Vice Chairman of the National League for Democracy, the deputy secretary-general of the CPPCC, the member of National Education Advisory Committee, and the Vice Chairman of the Chinese Society of Educational Development Strategy. Professor Wan Xiulan, the vice dean, takes charge of the routine work of the Institute.
Institute Contact Information
Address: No. 49 Jiankang Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
Tel: 0571-81958979


Institute of Physical Chemistry

The Institute of Physical Chemistry was founded in 2000. Four years later, its Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces was nominated one of Zhejiang Province’s key laboratories.

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Currently, Chinese Academician Wan Huilin is the director of the Institute and several other well-known professors make up the academic committee that supervises and approves the research and development of the Institute. The Institute carries out research, technology development, and social services to facilitate our nation’s economic and technology development while focusing on the research of chemistry, chemical engineering, material science, energy, and the environment.
The Institute has developed quickly in recent years. At present, there are 12 full professors, 6 associate professors, and 9 assistant professors working at the institute. The institute consists of four research units, the Division of Applied Catalysis, the Division of Green Catalytic Materials, the Division of Electrochemistry, and the Division of Inorganic Nanomaterials and Supramolecular Chemistry.
The Division of Applied Catalysis focuses on integrated research on heterogeneous catalysis. Research themes include the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials and zeolites and their applications to industrial catalysis and separation as well as the application of heterogeneous catalysis to fine chemicals.
The Division of Green Catalytic Materials focuses on the design and characterizations of novel catalysts for the catalytic combustion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), catalysts for ozone depleting substances (ODS), substitutes and fluorine-containing olefin synthesis, catalysts for green synthesis of fine chemicals (e.g. selective hydrogenation and oxidation), and in situ characterizations.
The Division of Electrochemistry focuses on the electrochemical preparation and characterization of novel nanomaterials, chemically modified electrodes and their catalytic properties, electrochemistry of biomolecules or biosystems, and fabrication and applications of electrochemical biosensors.
The Division of Inorganic Nanomaterials and Supramolecular Chemistry concentrates on the preparation and microwave-absorbing properties of nanoscale rare-earth ferrite, carbon nanotube composites and quantitative study of their mechanical and electrical properties, and self-assembly of metal-organic coordination polymers and supramolecular chemistry.
Institute Contact Information
Tel: +86 (579) 8228-2234
Fax: +86 (579) 8228-2595

Research Center for Light-emitting Diodes

Zhejiang Normal University established the Research Center for Light-emitting Diodes (LED) in September 2010 in response to the national emphasis on pursuing energy efficient technology. One avenue of energy efficiency is semiconductor LED lighting technology, which has become one of the important directions of national development of science and technology for the coming 10-15 years.

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The Center focuses on the development of Semiconductor Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, and the training of senior technical talents of LED research and development. In order to promote the LED technology and industry in Zhejiang Province, the Center advocates the combination of production, study, and research by strengthening the interactive development between research, technology and industrialization, and by developing the innovation chain and the industrial chain from physics, materials, devices, and major equipment to key demonstration application engineering throughout the province.

Objectives of the Research Center for Light Emitting Diodes:
•The Center will expand its influence by original research work and independent intellectual property rights, ultimately becoming a nationwide influential research center of LED technology.
•The Center will be a sustainable technology radiation center and industrial services platform of the LED industry in Zhejiang province.
•The Center will serve as the training center for high-tech LED talents in Zhejiang Province.
Research Center Contact Information
Tel: +86 (579) 8229-7913
Fax: +86 (579) 8229-7119

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