Uni’s Marx­ism school to be stan­dard­ized

MOE wants bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Marx­ist the­ory and ide­ol­ogy

Global Times - - Front Page - By Qu Qi­uyan

Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties have un­veiled some stan­dards for the study of Marx­ism at univer­sity, which ex­perts have said shows China’s new em­pha­sis on Marx­ist ed­u­ca­tion and ide­ol­ogy.

The stan­dards come from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE), with spe­cific re­quire­ments for school fa­cil­i­ties, fac­ulty and cour­ses, ac­cord­ing to a post on MOE’s WeChat ac­count Wed­nes­day.

Part of China’s guid­ing ide­ol­ogy is Marx­ist the­ory, which is at the the­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tion of China’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and a great in­flu­ence on the coun­try’s devel­op­ment, Zhuang Deshui, deputy di­rec­tor of Pek­ing Univer­sity’s Govern­ment In­tegrity-Build­ing Re­search Cen­ter, told the Global Times.

Zhuang added that the stan­dards show that China is mak­ing a greater ef­fort to strengthen Marx­ist ed­u­ca­tion and ide­o­log­i­cal work in uni­ver­si­ties.

This is the first doc­u­ment in China to give de­tailed re­quire­ment on the sub­ject, and it is es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant as it of­fers ver­i­fi­able stan­dards for eval­u­a­tion, he added.

The doc­u­ment states that the univer­sity’s prin­ci­pal and Party chief will have the main re­spon­si­bil­ity for Marx­ist work and need to hold at least one of­fice meet­ing on that each aca­demic year.

Schools of Marx­ism are to be re­garded as in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tions, di­rectly un­der the univer­sity, whose lead­ers are re­spon­si­ble for es­tab­lish­ing the ide­ol­ogy and the­o­ret­i­cal stud­ies for all stu­dents.

These quan­tifi­ca­tions are meant to help clar­ity the univer­sity’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in a Marx­ist ed­u­ca­tion and to get their se­nior per­son­nel to look for more prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions in­stead of just talk­ing about it, said Zhuang.

“In this way, schools of Marx­ism can place more im­por­tance on its ide­o­log­i­cal power and not con­fine it to one de­part­ment, but spread its mes­sage all over the univer­sity,” he said.

The stan­dards also call for mid-tos­mall Marx­ism classes of no more than 100 stu­dents each.

“Small classes have much bet­ter qual­ity and a greater ef­fect than large classes, be­cause stu­dents can dis­cuss things with each other and com­mu­ni­cate with the teacher bet­ter,” Zhu An­dong, an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor at Ts­inghua Univer­sity’s School of Marx­ism, told the Global Times.

Most uni­ver­si­ties still need some time to achieve the stan­dard re­quired, mainly be­cause of the lim­ited num­ber of full-time teach­ers, Zhu added.

The stan­dards also call for full-time teach­ers at these schools to be Party mem­bers at least in prin­ci­ple, and both part-time and full-time Marx­ism teach­ers have to have a re­lated aca­demic back­ground.

In the area of Party and ide­o­log­i­cal devel­op­ment at Marx­ism schools, stu­dents and teach­ers are asked to or­ga­nize Party ac­tiv­i­ties for at least half a day ev­ery month.

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