A Brief Introduction to the School of Marxism

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A Brief Introduction to the School of Marxism


1. Historical Development    

The School of Marxism has long history and profound accumulation on teaching and research. In 1954, Hubei University established the teaching and research office of Marxism-Leninism which was responsible for teaching the courses in Marxism-Leninism theories for students all around the university. In 1973, the university began to admit and train short-term students in politics independently. In 1974, the university established the Department of Politics to enroll students with major in political education. At the same time, the department is also responsible for teaching the universally required Marxist-Leninism courses for all the students. Later on the department continued to expand. It successively established majors in international trade and Supervising. In 1991, the university launched an independent faculty for the teaching of the courses in Marxism-Leninism theories for students all around the university. In 1996, the university reshuffle the faculties and departments. The Department of Politics, the Marxism Teaching Faculty and the Department of Public Administration were merged into the School of Politics and Public Administration of Hubei University. Along with the merging, the major in Supervising was developed into the major in Law. In 2003the school was renamed to be the school of law. In 2005, the name of the school was changed to be the School of Politics, Law and Public Administration. In February 2012, the university established an independent School of Marxism.  

2. Faculty Team    

The School has two departments which are the Department of Ideological and Political Education and the Department of Teaching of Ideological and Political Theory courses. There are 66 faculty members at present, among which there are 46 full-time teachers, 14 professors (4 second-level professors, 10 doctoral supervisors), 2 Chu Tian Scholar Distinguished Professors, 7 Qin Yuan Scholar Distinguished Professors, 2 middle-or-young aged experts with outstanding contributions in Hubei Province,1 owner of special allowance from the State Council, 1 owner of the provincial government’s special allowance, 1 adviser hired by the Provincial Government in Hubei and 6 finalists in the incubation program for cultivating middle-or-young aged theorists in Marxism in universities in Hubei Province.  

3. Recent Placements    

The School has about 400 full-time students, including nearly 200 graduate students. In the past five years, the employment rate of undergraduate students has remained above 92%. And about 45% of the employed undergraduates were admitted to Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China, Wuhan University, Central Party School and other institutions as graduate students. About 15% of the employed graduates were employed in state-owned enterprises. About 15% of the employed undergraduates worked in the local governments in Hubei province. About 10% of the employed undergraduates became teachers in secondary schools.  

4. Research Achievements    

The School has been qualified to award PhD degree to students In Marxism and all the subfields of Marxism. There is also a postdoctoral mobile station of Marxism Theory. The School is also qualified to award master degree to students in Marxism and Political Science and all the subfields of them. 2 professional master degrees in Teaching in Ideological and Political Education and Rural Development can also be awarded here. These disciplines of the School are strong. The School was ranked 8th in the Ministry of Education Discipline Assessment in 2012 across the country. In 2016, in the "China University and Discipline Professional Evaluation Report 2016" conducted unitedly by the Research Center of Chinese Science Evaluation, the Center for Evaluation Education Quality in China and the Chinese Science Teaching Evaluation website, the undergraduate major in ideological and political education was ranked 20th among 240 colleges and universities across the country. The Marxism discipline in the School of Marxism is a provincial key discipline of Hubei Province and has the quota to award the title of Chu Tian Scholar. In the past five years, more than 70 research projects in the School of Marxism have been funded by different level of government agencies. Among them, more than 10 projects are funded by the National Social Science Foundation and the Ministry of Education. These projects obtained total funding of more than 3 million RMB. They published more than 20 monographs in Chinese People's Publishing House and Chinese Social Science Press and about 500 papers. 2 outcomes of these projects were selected into the National Philosophy and Social Science Achievements Library. This achievement has no predecessors in the field of Marxism in Hubei Province and only 20 researches has been selected into the library in all fields since 2010. There are 2 third-prizes for outstanding achievements in humanities and social sciences in Chinese universities. The School also obtains 2 third-prizes as excellent researches in humanity and social sciences among Chinese universities, 2 second-prizes as excellent researches among Chinese universities evaluated by the Ministry of Education, 1 national outstanding achievements in educational research and more than 10 prizes at different levels as outstanding researches of Hubei Province and Wuhan City in social science. At present, there are several research platforms such as Center for Ideological and Moral Education of Teenagers in Hubei Province which is key research base for humanity and social sciences in universities in Hubei Province and Research Center for Party Building in Universities in Hubei Province.  

5. Teaching Achievements    

The discipline of ideological and political education in the School is in the first wave of branded majors of Hubei University. "An Introduction to Mao Zedong Thoughts, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the Brief Discussion of Important Thoughts of ‘Three Represents’" is a high-quality course of Hubei Province and "Ideological and Moral Cultivation and Law Basis" is a provincial resource sharing course. The course of ideological and political education has good teaching foundation, high starting point and evident achievements. The “five-step teaching method” and “issue teaching”, which are initiated by the School and have been consistently promoted, have won the first prize of the teaching reform achievements of the Hubei Provincial People's Government and has produced significant impact across the province and even the country. Based on implementation of the 05 program, the Department of Ideological and Political education furtherly intensified the education reform and made efforts to build the new five-in-one teaching model of the ideological and political education courses. In April 2007, Yu Zhengsheng, the secretary of the Hubei Provincial Party Committee, who was also a member of the political bureau of the central committee of Chinese Communists Party, fully affirmed the effectiveness of the teaching reform when he investigated the teaching of ideological and political theory courses in the university. Medias such as Guangming Daily and Hubei Daily reported nearly 10 times on the reform of the teaching model of ideological and political theory courses and the teaching effectiveness of the university.  

6. Academic Activities    

The college hosted the Ninth National University Marxism Discipline Forum in October 2014, the National “Xi Jinping’s Governance of the Country and Marxism Theoretical Innovation” Forum in December 2016 and the National Conference on the study and implementation of the outcomes of the Party’s 19th conference of national representatives and theoretical and practical research and discussion of party building in December 2017.  

7. Alumni Representatives    

There are many well-known alumnus of the School. The main representatives include: Li Xiansheng who was the former member of the standing committee of Hubei provincial party committee, vice governor of Hubei province and deputy secretary and deputy director of the party group of the standing committee of Hainan provincial people's congress, professor Wang Yizhou who is the vice dean of the School of International Relations of Peking University and once taught courses for the members of the political bureau of the central committee, professor Qin Xuan who is the chief editor of the Journal of Teaching and Research at Renmin University of China and was former dean of the School of Marxism in Renmin University, professor Jiang Chang which is Chang Jiang Scholar Distinguished Professor in Hubei University, Yu Liangzao who is a tenured professor in Nanjing Normal University, Capital donor of Hubei university "Ling Hang world scholarship award", Mr. Zhang Shixue who is the chairman of Wuhan Yu Gao Real Estate Limited and one of the two donors of the “Ling Hang. Shi Xue Scholarship and Assistance” in Hubei University, Mr. Chen Pengzhou who is the chairman of Ningbo Ling Hang Limited and the other donor of the “Ling Hang. Shi Xue Scholarship and Assistance” in Hubei University,  Mr. Wang Bin who is the donor of "Wang Bin Scholarship" of Hubei University and chairman of Wuhan Qing Chuan College, Mr. Wu Zheqing who is the donor of "Wu Zheqing Scholarship and Assistance" in Hubei University and the chairman of Shenzhen Ju Lang Technology Limited, Mr. Wang Xuebing who is the President of Shenzhen Tian Zhu Ren He Information Technology Limited and the deputy secretary of Hubei Commerce Association in Guangdong province, Mr. Lei Xiying who is a young scholar, a well-known political commentator and a winner of "China youth May 4th medal" and the Ms. Lei Jing who is the deputy secretary of Wuhan Communist Youth League and the youngest one of the one hundred cadres in Wuhan City who has been awarded the title of “Lion-style Cadres”