Established in 2004, School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), is now headed by Prof. Jiang Zhenghua, a renowned population economist and Vice Chairman of the 9thand 10thStanding Committee of National People’s Congress.China.
The School has a full-time faculty of 46, including 38 professors or associate professors, 1 Changjiang Distinguished Professor, 2 Leading Talent of National Ten-Thousand Talents Program for philosophy and social sciences，5 recipients of New Century Excellent University Talents Award, Ministry of Education (MOE), 2 Distinguished Professors of XJTU Development Scholar Program and 1 team selected for Changjiang Development Program of Scholars and Innovation Teams. The School consists of two departments, respectively Public Administration and Social Security, and Institute of Population and Development Studies, Institute of Health Management and Policy,and several research institutes. Also, there are MPA Education Center and Senior Civil Servants Training Center.
SPPA has a multi-level education system. It is authorized to confer bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in the first-level discipline of public administration as well as master degree in the first-level discipline of education. It is also among the first batch of Chinese institutions authorized to offer the MPA program.
Adhering to the principle of“Focusing on China’s Issues, Having a Global Vision and Serving the Society”, SPPA pays close attention to social needs and pursues academic value as well as applicability in discipline construction. In recent years, the School has undertaken over 80 national projects, including 7 Major Projects of National Social Science Foundation of China (NSSFC), 2 Key Philosophy and Social Sciences Projects of Ministry of Education, 9 Key Projects of NSSFC, 36 projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China, 46 projects of NSSFC. Besides, the School has carried out 28 projects supported by international foundations and involving international cooperation. The research findings have had positive impact on policy making in China. In particular, the researches about gender imbalance and sustainable social development in China have been reported by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and Science.
SPPA is committed to constructing a high-level platform for international cooperation and research. It has established mechanisms for effective and sustaining cooperation with world-renowned scientists and universities, including Stanford University, Harvard University, Yale University,University of Victoria, Canada and Kyoto University.
The School has launched the Platform for Social Experiments in Public Policy, the first of its kind in China. Its six components have already taken shape, including the database of public policy and administration, the base of social practice, the base of policy experiments, the platform for cooperation with the government, the platform for talents cultivation and the platform for international cooperation.
SPPA aims to build itself into a top internationalized and research-oriented school, cultivating high-level talents in public administration and policy research and contributing to discipline development of and practice of public administration in China.
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