The school's historical antecedents might be said to include the White Deer Cave Academy on Mt. Lushan, founded in the Tang dynasty and revived by Zhu Xi in the Song period. Its modern history began in 1940 with the founding of National Chun Cheng University, named after the Nationalist leader Jiang Zhongzheng, better known in English as Chiang Kai-shek. The name was changed in 1949 to Nanchang University, and again in 1953 to Jiangxi Normal Academy. In 1983 it was given its present name, Jiangxi Normal University. It has the longest history of offering undergraduate education of any general institution of higher learning in Jiangxi province. In 2003, the Jiangxi Worker's University of Finance (Jiangxi Banking School) merged with our University.