Xi ideas to be taught, pro­moted at Chi­nese univer­si­ties

The Herald (South Africa) - - WORLD -

XI JIN­PING Thought will now be taught, re­searched and pro­moted in univer­si­ties across China, en­sur­ing that the leader’s epony­mous phi­los­o­phy is im­planted in stu­dents’ hearts and minds.

At least 20 univer­si­ties have es­tab­lished re­search in­sti­tutes for Xi’s ide­ol­ogy, which was en­shrined in the Com­mu­nist Party’s con­sti­tu­tion dur­ing its 19th na­tional congress this month.

The dis­tinc­tion places Xi on a par with Mao Ze­dong and Deng Xiaop­ing.

It means that his dogma – “Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era”– will be­come a mantra for a new gen­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the re­search in­sti­tutes will not hide in the ivory tower but ad­vo­cate the in­cor­po­ra­tion of Xi Thought in all as­pects of daily life.

“We will gather many ex­perts and pro­fes­sors to dis­sem­i­nate and preach Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era in busi­nesses, neigh­bour­hoods and vil­lages,” Jiang Hongxin, head of Hu­nan Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity’s newly founded Xi Thought re­search cen­tre, told the Peo­ple’s Daily, the party mouth­piece.

Liu Ying, party sec­re­tary of the Tian­jin Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy’s Com­mu­nist Youth League, said the idea of form­ing a Xi Thought learn­ing group came to her spon­ta­neously dur­ing his marathon speech at the congress’s open­ing.

“Af­ter study­ing these ideas, stu­dents will have more con­fi­dence not only in the coun­try, but also in their own lives,” she said. “They will have a greater be­lief in the Chi­nese dream” – one of Xi’s pet slo­gans.

Planned ac­tiv­i­ties for the group in­clude tours to pro­mote Xi Thought in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and vis­its to Liangji­ahe, the north­ern vil­lage where Xi spent seven years as a “sent-down youth” dur­ing the Cul­tural Rev­o­lu­tion.

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