Introduction to College of Politics and Public Administration, Tianjin Normal University
The College of Politics and Public Administration of the Tianjin Normal University (TJNU) is committed to fostering virtue through education and adheres to a five-prong development strategy featuring talent development, discipline building, academic teaching, scientific research, and administrative management. The College has established a development pattern with high-level faculty at its core and disciplines plus majors as its two focuses. The College is making every effort to build first-class disciplines and majors, and to cultivate both innovative and entrepreneurial talent.
The College is entitled to confer doctorate degrees in Political Science as a Level 1 Discipline and has a post-doctoral station in this discipline. Political theory is listed as a national-level key discipline, a priority discipline in Tianjin, and a national-level first-class discipline. Most recently, the discipline of political science is ranked by the Chinese Ministry of Education among the top 20% of disciplines nation-wide and listed as a B+ discipline, which includes several level-1 master’s degree subjects such as Political Science, Public Administration and Sociology, and offers master’s degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and Social Work (MSW). The Institute of Political Culture and Political Civilization, established by the College, is among the key research bases for humanities and social sciences in Tianjin. The Institute of Network Content and Comprehensive Administration is a key research institute established in cooperation with the Publicity Department of the Tianjin Municipal Government. The Institute of State Governance is an important university think tank in Tianjin. The College also established other teaching and research auxiliary facilities such as the Library for Political Science, which has strongly supported the disciplinary development.
The College boasts a well-structured, dedicated, and united faculty with a nation-wide, sound academic reputation. At present, the College has filled nine important positions, including two Li Jizhi Chair Professors, two Li Jizhi Distinguished Professors, one Haihe Distinguished Professor and four Professors under the “Haihe Talent” program. Among the many honorary titles won by the faculty are Leading Expert of the “Ten Thousand Talents Program”; Talent for Theoretical Work of the “Four Measures Program”; National Talent Title; National distinguished teacher; New Century Talents by the Ministry of Education; First-Level Candidate of Tianjin’s 131 Innovative Talents Training Project; Candidate of the “Five Batches” Talents in Publicity and Culture; as well as Young Outstanding Talents supported by the Tianjin Talent Development Supporting Program. Among the faculty, there are two chief experts and four experts for Key Textbooks of Marxist Theoretical Research and Construction Project, one expert of the 7th Discipline Appraisal Group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, two experts of the Evaluation Group of the National Social Science Fund, two members of the Teaching Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education, as well as one consultant and two vice presidents for the First-Level National Academic Association. Further, the College has one of Tianjin’s prefecture-level teaching teams, two of Tianjin’s university innovation teams, and two of Tianjin’s 131 innovative talent teams, which have actively supported the College’s research and talent development.
Building on extensive projects, the college faculty has made substantial achievements in scientific research. In recent years, the faculty has chaired five major projects, four key projects, seven sub-projects, and seventeen general projects, all sponsored by the Chinese National Social Science Fund, as well as sixty-eight projects at the provincial or ministerial level and sixty other projects. The faculty has published over 900 papers, including over 60 papers published in authoritative magazines such as Chinese Social Science and CASS Journal of Political Science, over 460 papers in core journals, and more than 90 monographs, translations, and textbooks. These papers won a total of six first, second, and third awards for outstanding social achievements in Chinese universities sponsored by the Ministry of Education. They also won four first prizes, five second prizes, and seven third prizes for outstanding achievements in social science in Tianjin. The Comparative Politics Studies, edited by the College, is a CSSCI-Source Journal, and the Journal of the History of Political Thought is a CSSCI-Source Extension Journal.
The College has always valued learning, especially for undergraduate students. It offers three BA programs: Political Science and Public Administration, Administrative Management, and Social Work. Among them, Political Science and Public Administration was selected as the country’s first-class major, and taking the lead in national ranking by CUAA, kjw.cc.edu, and other ranking system. In 2020, the administrative management was approved as a national first-class major. Among the College’s many high-caliber graduates, one has won the Top 100 Doctoral Theses of Excellence Award, and several others won the Excellent Doctoral Theses Prize in Tianjin.
The College also prioritizes teaching reform. As of now, the College has launched such pilot programs as an experimental class and liberal arts education class, which have achieved encouraging results, as evidenced by the over 70% admission rate. The faculty has recently completed the revision of History of Western Political Thought, a key textbook of Marxist Theoretical Research and Construction Project, and made outstanding progress in contemporary Western political ideologies and public administration. Within the College’s present faculty, one professor has been accredited as the country’s Eminent Teacher. Several courses are chosen as the country’s excellent course, national online open course, Tianjin first-class course, high-quality course, and ideological and political course. In recent years, the faculty has won the first prize in the Tianjin Teaching Competition.