Col­leges set up teach­ers’ so­cial­ist ide­ol­ogy depart­ments

Global Times - - Front Page - By Liu Caiyu

Uni­ver­si­ties af­fil­i­ated with Com­mu­nist Party of China ( CPC) have es­tab­lished depart­ments de­voted to strength­en­ing teach­ers’ ide­ol­ogy and po­lit­i­cal con­scious­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­ports made by the CPC’s Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion ( CCDI), sev­eral top uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing Zhejiang Univer­sity and the Cen­tral Univer­sity of Fi­nance and Economics, have es­tab­lished “Party com­mit­tee teacher depart­ments.”

The com­mis­sion didn’t men­tion whether Ts­inghua Univer­sity in Bei­jing has set up such a de­part­ment, but it said the school “will build a teacher de­vel­op­ment cen­ter, guide new teach­ers as well as in­crease work­shops for young teach­ers on both Marx­ist the­ory and univer­sity cul­ture.”

The CCDI re­cently re­ported the out­come of its in­spec­tions at 29 uni­ver­si­ties from Fe­bru­ary to April, news web­site thep­a­per. cn re­ported.

The Party com­mit­tee teacher de­part­ment at Pek­ing Univer­sity was set up in 2015, and those at Cen­tral South Univer­sity and South­west Jiao­tong Univer­sity were also re­cently es­tab­lished, The Bei­jing News re­ported.

“Uni­ver­si­ties are es­sen­tial places for es­tab­lish­ing so­cial­ist core values, es­pe­cially when more teach­ers have an over­seas ed­u­ca­tional back­ground, and West­ern text­books were in­tro­duced at Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties,” Su Wei, a pro­fes­sor at the Party School of the CPC Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

“Al­though we need to be open- minded to­ward West­ern cul­ture, Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties shall be the main­stream places for Marx­ism,” Su said.

“The Party’s lead­er­ship at aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions guar­an­tees the build­ing of uni­ver­si­ties with so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics,” Huang Wen­bin, a pro­fes­sor at Renmin Univer­sity of China, was quoted by the Guang­ming Daily in May.

Teach­ers shall not only be re­spon­si­ble for stu­dents and their own pro­fes­sional knowl­edge, but also ful­fill ide­o­log­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents, Huang said.

The Global Times found that Party com­mit­tee teacher depart­ments in many uni­ver­si­ties have been set up and led by hu­man re­sources depart­ments.

Thirty- one uni­ver­si­ties are af­fil­i­ated with the CPC in China, thep­a­paer. cn re­ported. The Party sec­re­tary and prin­ci­pals in those in­sti­tu­tions are the equiv­a­lent of vice min­is­ters.

Mean­while, pub­lic schools across China will use text­books ap­proved by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion start­ing Fri­day, a move which Zheng Fuzhi, the as­sis­tant min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion, said “will strength na­tional ide­ol­ogy, im­ple­ment the Party’s ed­u­ca­tion policy and so­cial­ist core values,” Guang­ming Daily re­ported on Tues­day.

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