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UESTC Holds Seminar on Development in Philosophy and Social Sciences

published: 2011-12-02 22:04:58       hits: 

On November 28, UESTC held a seminar on the development in philosophy and social sciences. Party Secretary Wang Zhiqiang informed the participants of the highlights of the National Working Conference for Institutions of Higher Education to Promote Development in Philosophy and Scial Sciences and gave guidelines for carrying out related instructions from the natuonal central authorities and promoting the development and prosperity of philosophy and social sciences in the university. Also present at the seminar were Vice-president Yang Xiaobo, chief members of UESTC Association of Social Sciences and chief officials from schools and administrative departments.

Party Secretary Wang first communicated the main points of the speech made by the Political Beurau Member of the Party Central Committee Li Changchun at the National Working Conference for Institutions of Higher Education to Promote Development in Philosophy and Social Sciences and explained the  Ministry of Education's 2011-2020 Project for Promoting Philosophy and Social Sciences in Institutions of Higher Education.

Wang pointed out that the National Working Conference was one of the major steps to implement the educational policies made at the 6th Session of the 17th Plenary Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, well reflecting the Party and the State central leadership's attention to and expectations for the development of philosophy and social sciences in universities and colleges. He hoped that all UESTC faculty and staff would do their best to further promote the development and prosperity of the philosophical and social sciences.

Wang emphasized the following major points: First, it is extremely important to devote equal attention to the development of philosophical and social sciences at an engineering institution like UESTC, having greater mutual respect and mutual integration between engineering and social disciplines. Second, social sciences play an important part in the education of students, and so faculty members teaching subjects of social sciences should try to elevate their theoretical standing, to gain deep insight into our society by conducting investigations in factories, villages and enterprises, and to apply theories to practical issues, making their voices heard and their values represented in the national and local socio-economical development. Third, to actively engage ourselves in philosophical and social research, we should plunge ourselves into social realities, keep pace with our times, and fully participate in the national and regional campaigns for economical, social and cultural construction, launching great research projects, gaining great achievements, and making great contributions to the nation and the local region. Fourth, efforts should be made to build a healthy campus culture and to create a distinct atmosphere of humanities in UESTC as an engineering university. Fifth, a strong faculty majoring in philosophy and social sciences should be fostered. Sixth, we should take advantage of our strength in electronic information science and technolohy to provide technical support for the development of social sciences. And finally, we should also implement the policy of "going out" in the development of social sciences, making greater efforts to teach Chinese culture to international students, and meanwhile planning to establish one or two Confucius Institutes abroad.

Wang called for all efforts, especially by all social scientists, to take responsibility for pushing forward the development of , and bringing prosperity to philosophy and social sciences at UESTC.

Vice-president Yang Xiaobo pointed out emphatically the importance of building research platforms for social sciences, saying that UESTC should consider applying for major projects to create large research and educational platforms which would combine electronic information technology with social sciences, trying to produce prominent achievements and to train top-class personnel for the nation.

Director of the Propaganda Department of the University Party Committee Shen Xiaorong and Deputy Director of the Office for Scientific Research Xing Lanfen communicated respectively the main points of the National Conference of University Propaganda Department Dirtectors and those of the 2011 University Forum on the Development of Philosophy and Social Sciences.

Particpants at the seminar expressed their understanding of the guidelines by the cnetral authories and exchanged views on the development of social sciences. Party Secretary of School of Maxism Education Wu Manyi and Dean Deng Shuhua, Dean of School of Politics and Public Admninstration Zhu Xiaoning, Dean of School of Foreign Languages Feng Wenkun, Dean of School of Managerial Science Zeng Yong, and Director of Department of Propaganda Shen Xiaorong expressed ideas on platform construction, faculty development, and research atmosphere establishment.