Brief Introduction of Marxism College in Jiangxi Normal University
Marxism College of Jiangxi Normal University is an independently specialized agency teaching ideological and political theory and researching the Marxism theory. Meanwhile, it is a professional talents training unit for who are majoring on the Marxism theory and ideological and political education. After several generations of scholars’ hard work, the Marxism College has achieved great results in terms of discipline construction, scientific researching, talent training, teaching staff and the Party building. It has realized great-leap-forward development.
Marxism College of Jiangxi Normal University was formerly known as the Marxism-Leninism Teaching and Researching Department and the Ideological and Political Education’s Teaching and Researching Department.
In 1980, Jiangxi Normal University set up a Marxism-Leninism Teaching and Researching Office, which was specifically responsible for all the political theory teaching of the whole school. And later, it renamed the Marxism-Leninism Teaching and Researching Department. In 1986, the school set up the Teaching and Researching Office for Ideological and Political Education. And in 1997, it changed its name to the Teaching and Researching Department of Ideological and Political Education.
July 2003, the Marxism-Leninism Teaching and Researching Department was merged the Teaching and Researching Department of Ideological and Political Education into the Teaching and Research Department of Marxism-Leninism and Ideological and Political Education. It worked together with the newly formed College of Politics and Public Administration. They were both at the department-level and directly under the leadership of Jiangxi Normal University.
At the end of 2004, the College of Politics and Public Administration was merged the original Institute of Political Science and Law into a new Institute of Political Science and Law. The Teaching and Researching Department of Marxism-Leninism and Ideological and Political Education was worked together with the new Institute of Political Science and Law.
December 2005, the Teaching and Research Department of Marxism-Leninism and Ideological and Political Education renamed the Teaching and Researching Department of Ideological and Political Theory. It was at the department-level and still worked with the new Institute of Political Science and Law.
March 2011, the Teaching and Researching Department of Ideological and Political Theory renamed the Marxism College. It was independently founded and directly under the executive leadership of Jiangxi Normal University’s party committee.
Now there is a doctoral program for first-level discipline of Marxism theory, a center for post-doctoral research,two first-level disciplines of master's programs for Marxism theory and political science,five second-level disciplines of master's programs for Marxism philosophy, political economy, Chinese philosophy, ethics, foreign philosophy, as well as a professional degree program for subject teaching of ideological and political education.
Marxism College of Jiangxi Normal University owing five provincial or ministerial-level disciplinary platform. First, the research center of red resources’ development and education has approved as the key base of humanities and social science and the base of moral education in colleges and universities in Jiangxi province in 2004. Second, the clean and honest culture research center has approved as the key research base of Jiangxi provincial discipline inspection commission in 2012.Third, the research center of social development and governance has approved as 2011 collaborative innovation center in jiangxi province in 2014. Forth, the research center of social development and innovation has approved as the key research base of philosophy and social sciences in Jiangxi province in 2015. Fifth, the Marxism College of Jiangxi Normal University has approved as the developing research center of national counselors’ by the Ministry of Education research base in 2016. In addition, some field research institutions such as the Marxism research institute of Jiangxi normal university, the contemporary socialism research center, the Jinggangshan spirit research center, the ethical and moral education research center are all under leadership of our Marxism College.
Marxism theory subject is our traditional preponderant discipline. In 1993, the Marxism theory was approved as key discipline in Jiangxi province, which was one of the earliest to be approved as key discipline in Jiangxi province. The subject was also the key subject in Jiangxi province during the period of the ninth five-year plan, the tenth five-year plan and the eleventh five-year plan. Moreover,in 2010, this subject was upgraded to high level discipline in Jiangxi province. In 2016,Marxism theory subject was identified as the leader discipline among colleges and universities’ discipline alliance in Jiangxi province by the Education Department of Jiangxi province. The subject is also the only subject be listed as the four-star discipline in our school by the Chinese Postgraduate Education and Subject Assessment Report. It has remained the top 10% in the national ranking in recent five years.
Marxism College is always on the concept of open and cooperation to promote discipline construction and pay attention to strengthen international academic communication. In recent years, it successively hosted and undertook the annual meeting Chinese scientific socialism society, the annual meeting of Chinese politics society, the Jiangxi provincial development forum, the third term of Marxism youth forum, the ninth term of ideological and political theory’s class teaching will annual meeting of provincial normal and ordinary colleges and universities, the 17th China and Korea ethics seminar, the national colleges and universities Marxism theory discipline’s doctoral tutors forum in Nanchang and a series of international and domestic significant academic conferences.
Marxism College has formed its own features and advantages in four researching areas. They are the Marxism social development theory research, the red resources’ development and education research, the social governance and innovation research and the study of contemporary Chinese moral construction. Surrounding these research areas, it has achieved a series of important research results.
In recent years, the teachers in Marxism College have held 1 significant bidding project of National Social Science Fund, 3 key projects of national social science fund, 40 general items of national social science fund, including 6 concluding results that identified as excellent projects, 10 humanities and social science projects of the Ministry of Education, 11 provincial key projects, 88 general projects, 15 major lateral projects. They have published more than 400 high quality academic theses in People's Daily, Guangming Daily, Research of Marxism, Political Science Research, Studies of Philosophy, the Marxism and the Reality, Scientific Socialism and other periodicals. As well as they have published more than 60 works and teaching materials in People's Publishing House, China Social Sciences Press, Central Party Literature Press, Social Sciences Academic Press and other publishing houses. They also have won 13 first prize and morn than 40 the second and third prize for the Excellent Achievement Prize of the provincial social sciences.
There are totally 87 teaching and administrative staff in Marxism College, including 77 full-time teachers and 10 administrative support staff. Among the full-time teachers, there are 19 professors and 39 associate professors, 14 doctoral supervisors and 36 postgraduate tutor, and 48 teachers have a doctorate and 25 teachers have a master's degree.
Among the full-time teachers, there is 1 member of the Marxism theory discipline group of the state council’s discipline appraisal group and assessment experts of the national social science fund, 1 experts in the project of Marxism theoretical research and construction which is implemented by the central ,1 prominent teacher of national colleges and universities’ ideological and political theory course and 1 national model teacher, 1 be selected in the preferential supporting project of the ministry of education’s young and middle-aged teachers who is teaching the ideological and political theory course among national colleges and universities, 2 influential person in the teachers of ideological and political theory course among national colleges and universities , 8 being the first- and second-level candidates of Jiangxi Talents Engineering Project,5 young and middle-aged academic leading experts of provincial colleges and universities and 2 teaching masters in Jiangxi province.
Marxism College pays attention to strengthen the construction of teaching and researching team.In 2013, The basic principle of Marxism teaching team in our school was identified as the first batch of provincial excellent teaching team in national colleges and universities’ ideological and political theory class by provincial Education Department. In 2015, the ideological and political theory course teaching team was selected as preferential support plan of national colleges and universities’ ideological and political theory class teaching and research team in the ministry of education. In 2016, Marxism College was approved as demonstration school of Marxism in colleges and universities and the excellent construction project of teaching and researching team by the ministry of education.
Marxism College is our school’s undergraduate talents training units for the ideological and political education subject. Ideological and political education is the traditional special dominant major of our school, which is established in 1960 and has recruited students for nearly 60 years. In 2002, this subject was approved as the first batch of specialty brand of Jiangxi province. In 2010, it was approved as the national characteristic specialty. It is one of the oldest, longest subject and the strongest of overall strength among the similar subject education in Jjiangxi province. It has made great achievements all these years.
Ideological and political education major for undergraduate students is aim for cultivating outstanding middle school’s political teachers. It is based on the affluent red resources in Jiangxi province and with way of social investigation and practice project to cultivate students' teaching skill. On that basis, it has formed its own training feature with thick foundation, strong quality, wide caliber and multilevel. Our graduates always received good reputation by employers, and all previous graduates’ employment rate is above 90% in the first time employment. Our graduates have acquired many honors such as the national top teachers, provincial excellent teachers and other honors. In addition, this subject is also aimed at cultivating pragmatic type talents of ideological and political work and the research talents of Marxism theory. Many excellent graduates of Marxism College have become leadership and the backbone at all levels of government organs, enterprises and institutions, universities, research institutes and other organs.
Marxism College has formed a integrated talents cultivating stem of undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral. We recruit nearly 60 postgraduate students and 10 doctoral students each year. There is totally about 300 postgraduates students in school. In the cultivation of postgraduate students, we aim for cultivating special talent training characteristics of young Marxists. Through the scientific stimulating researching program, the implement of the young Marxists theoretical research and innovation project, the plan of promoting postgraduates’ scientific research ability, the training plan of postgraduate student’ innovation ability and other training plans, we have trained a large number of young Marxists backbone for all walks of life, especially provided many talents in Marxism theory teaching, scientific research and practical works.
Marxism College actively adheres to combine scientific researching and serving society to actual economic and social development of Jiangxi province. It emphatically plays a role of thinking tank to serving local economic and social development. And it has made outstanding achievements.
Marxism College undertakes several tasks related to basic education training of the ministry of education, such as the Red Land Voluntary Teaching Project, the national training plan for backbone teachers of rural primary and secondary schools, the backbone teachers for primary and secondary schools of national ideological and political disciplines, the provincial or municipal instructors and researchers, the trainers and so on. We have undertaken 90% of national training for high school’s ideological and moral teachers on duty and we have been thinking highly of by learners.
Marxism College gives full play to the advantages of discipline construction and scientific research and undertakes many important entrusted project at all levels of party committee and government departments. It actively carry out social research and application of countermeasure research to provide decision reference for relevant department. For example, it has undertaken the significant research topics of the central Soviet’s revitalization of Jiangxi, Fujian and Guangdong NDRC(National Development and Reform Commission). The topic is the range, historical contribution and the current situation research of the central Soviet area. It has also undertaken the entrusted project of Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee. The topic is the coordinated development of economy and ecology research. As well as the entrusted project of Jiangxi SASAC( State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission) named the research of the state-owned coal enterprises’ good pioneer and the party's advanced nature construction. Related research results or study reports received high evaluation by the main leaders of Jiangxi province and got affirmative agreement for more than 50 times.
Teachers in Marxism College are actively participate in theory explanation and play a role of expanding leading effect of social thoughts and social influence of education. There are 2 teachers who are belongs to the members of the Jiangxi provincial party committee’s propaganda and speech group have participate in many significant propaganda and speech activities. He has been approved as outstanding propaganda and speech person for many times. A number of teachers have participate in some social science popularization activities such as the social science lecture hall and other lecture hall of Jiangxi province to spread theory researching results for the public. They have repeatedly undertake to compile spread reading materials of revolutionary tradition and patriotism education and involved in compiling popular reading matter which is used as assisted teaching materials for carrying out the education of provincial revolutionary tradition and patriotism in primary and secondary schools such as the republic's footsteps, 100 cases of the socialist core values, 100 cases of red classic legends, the cultivation of our values and so on. That is to be.
In order to adapt to the internationalized developing trend of higher education, the Marxism College is actively promoting international exchanges and cooperation. According to its plan, it will send full-time teachers to visit foreign universities and do academic investigation every year. In recent years, there were teachers be send to the university of Sheffield, the Chinese University Of Hong Kong (CUHK), the Konkuk University of South Korea to do academic visit. Many people went to South Korea, Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria to participate in international academic conferences. Marxism College also have held many international academic conferences and invited foreign experts to give lecture and so on. Through various forms of international academic exchanges, it expanded the teachers' international vision and enhanced the international standard of the teaching staff.