Beijing Normal University enjoys a program of broad international cooperation and exchange,
having signed cooperative agreements with almost 300 universities and research institutes from more than 30 nations and districts and having cooperative programs for exchange students with over 20 universities, in places that include the United States, the UK, Japan, South Korea, and Canada. Moreover, BNU has co-established Confucius Institutes with the University of Manchester, UK, the University of Oklahoma, USA, San Francisco State University, USA, Dawson University, Canada, and Sherbrooke University, Canada. There are long-term international students at BNU from over 69 different countries and regions, 65% of whom are pursuing academic degrees.
Since the implementation of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan of China, the development objective of which is to create a comprehensive, distinctive and high-quality “World-Renowned Research-Oriented University,” Beijing Normal University has followed the developmental philosophy of “Stabilizing the Current Scale, Optimizing the Structure, Highlighting the Characteristics, and Innovating Independently” and has vigorously implemented strategies for development in teacher education, subjects , talents , scientific research, talents for strengthening the university, internationalization,, insurance of development conditions, and institution innovation. The school has grasped the opportunity of reform and development available now and is actively meeting national strategic needs, while striving to make ever greater contributions to strengthening the country via human resources and innovative national construction.