Introduction to the School of Marxism of Xiamen University
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Founded in August 2011, the School of Marxism of Xiamen University is an important base for teaching and research on Marxist Theory and Ideological and Political Education and for training party and government cadres.

With a glorious history and tradition in Marxist studies, Xiamen University has been one of the important bases for spreading and studying Marxism. There has been a large group of brilliant Marxist theorists and researchers such as Wang Yanan. Early in 1950, the university set up the Working Committee for Important Courses, which was in charge of the teaching and research of courses in ideological and political theory for the whole university. In 1956, the Teaching and Research Section of Marxism-Leninism was built up. On the basis of this, the Teaching Department of Marxist-Leninist Theory was established in 1990. In 2009, the Institute of Marxism was established so as to strengthen the discipline and to promote the overalleducation of ideological and political theory. In 2011, the School of Marxism was set up by integrating various resources. The current dean of the school is Prof. Bai Xineng, and the party secretary is Xu Heshan.

The school is a secondary unit under the direct leadership of the university, mainly responsible for teaching the courses in ideological and political theory to all the undergraduate and postgraduate students in the university. It is also in charge of the management of teachers of ideological and political theory, the construction of the discipline of Marxist theory, the research and theoretical innovation in the discipline, and the cultivation of postgraduate students. Moreover, it is engaged in social service work in accordance with the central task of the CPC, the government and the university in different periods, such as the popularization of Marxism, particularly the theory of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the training of cadres, decision consulting, etc.

Currently, the school has four teaching and research sections, i.e., the Teaching and Research Section of Basic Principles of Marxism, the Teaching and Research Section of Mao Zedong Thought and the Theory of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, the Teaching and Research Section of the History of Modern and Contemporary China, and the Teaching and Research Section of Ideological and Ethical Cultivation and Basics of Law. In addition, there are several research platforms, i.e., Xiamen University Research Center for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Fujian Postgraduate Education Innovation Base for Marxism and China Development, Xiamen University Institute of Marxism and China Development, etc.

The school now has over 50 full-time teachers, including 9 full professors and 28 associate professors (over 70% of the total). The percentage of faculty with doctorates is more than 70%. One teacher was awarded by Ministry of Education the title of “the Year’s Most Influential Teachers for Teaching Ideological and Political Theory”. One was selected as “the Teaching Leaders of Courses in Ideological and Political Theory in Fujian Universities and Colleges” and one as “the Academic Leaders of the Courses in Ideological and Political Theory in Fujian Universities and Colleges”. Two were awarded the title of “Excellent Young Experts in Social Sciences in Fujian”. Two were listed in “New Century Supporting Program for Excellent Talents in Fujian Universities and Colleges”, one in “New Century Talents Project in Fujian”, and one in “Distinctive Young Research Talents Program in Fujian Universities and Colleges”.

There are several construction projects in the school, namely, the “985 Project” key discipline construction, Marxist Theory, and Theory and Practice of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” in the “211 Project” key discipline construction. The school works with the Publicity Department of Fujian Provincial Committee of the CPC and has established Xiamen University Research and Training Base for the Theory of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.

Since its establishment, the school has been working hard to emancipate the mind, carry out reform and innovation, promote the construction of the discipline, the staff team and the curriculum with higher standards, improve the level of teaching and research, strengthen the competitiveness of the discipline, and offer high quality social service so as to ensure the scientific development of the school by leaps and bounds. The goal of the school for the near future is to build the school into a first-class school of Marxism in our country by 2021 and the 100th anniversary of XMU, an important innovation platform for studies in Marxist Theory, an important basefor popularizing and teachingMarxist Theory, and an important think tank for decision making of the Party and the government.

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