On July 20th, 2017, the Ministry of Education (MOE) held the Conference for the Pilot Work of Comprehensive Reform on National Doctoral Education in the conference room on the 9th floor of North Building. Du Zhanyuan, Vice Minister and member of leading Party Group of MOE, attended the conference and offered speeches. Other attendants included staff from the 14 universities chosen to take part in the pilot work, and other officials from the Ministry of Education. The Conference was chaired by Li Jun, director of Department of Postgraduate Education, MOE.
In recent years, XMU has achieved great success in the graduate education, especially the doctoral education. Therefore, it was selected as one of the pilot universities and invited to share experience of advancing comprehensive reform on doctoral education, together with Tsinghua University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Tianjin University, on the conference. The speech “Deepening reform on Graduate Education; Achieving overall progress on doctoral education” summarized the comprehensive reform measures taken to improve graduate education since 2013 and introduced the blueprint for deepening reform at the next stage. The specific measures, ideas and suggestions of the graduate education reform of our university have been highly appraised by Du Zhanyuan, Vice Minister of MOE, and other attendants.
Du pointed out that the general trend and focus of graduate education is to deepen the comprehensive reform on doctoral education and thus improve its quality. All pilot universities should strictly uphold the principle “Meet needs and Improve Quality”, always be committed to the general requirements “Cultivating talents with great moral values to meet needs and improving the quality of education insightfully”, and search for new ideas and approaches to develop doctoral education in the new era. Besides, according to their own features and conditions, universities should also make targeted research for doctoral students on ideological and political education, recruitment, subsidies, combination of science and education, teaching, selection of students, supervisor groups, evaluating system, international cooperation, management and quality guarantee. With all these efforts, together with innovative pertinent reform measures, success achieved by these universities can be duplicated and publicized, and thus form a policy mechanism of doctoral education.
The pilot work of national comprehensive reform on doctoral education is an important measure for the implementation of “Opinions on Deepening Reform of Graduate Education Issued by the Ministry of Education, National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance”, for the realization of national innovation-driven strategy and deepening comprehensive reform on doctoral education. About 10 universities with doctoral students in large quantity and good quality were chosen to take part in the pilot work. With supports from the government, these schools should make courageous exploration to establish platform for innovative talents, remove obstacles caused by certain mechanism and regulation and provide successful samples of the comprehensive reform on doctoral education, constantly improve the quality of doctoral education.
All 14 universities selected to participate in the pilot work include Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, University of Science and Technology of China, Harbin Institute of Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Tianjin University, Renmin University of China, Xiamen University, Beihang University, Tianjin University and Soochow University.