China University of Geosciences (CUG) at Wuhan is a “Double First-Class” university and a national key university under the administration of the Ministry of Education. Since its establishment in 1952, CUG has made numerous outstanding achievements in various fields of geology, Earth resources, geo-environment and geo-engineering studies, and has cultivated a large number of extraordinary talents for the nation, including China’s former premier of the State Council, Wen Jiabao, and 41 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. For decades, the faculty and students of CUG have endured great hardship in pioneering work with stamina and diligence, and the first-step strategic goal of developing itself into a “high-level university with first-class Earth Sciences and coordinated development of multi-disciplines” has been attained.
At present, the emerging global technological revolution represented by artificial intelligence is in full swing and the blueprint of a beautiful China with “innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development” as the nation’s new concept is becoming reality. The Habitable-Earth-oriented new development opportunities and paradigm revolution in geoscience studies are approaching. How to adapt to the development trend of the world, of China and of Earth Sciences, and how to drive CUG to embark on the journey of a new decade —that is a question of the times that my colleagues and I have to answer. By gathering the wisdom of faculty and students, and listening to the suggestions of alumni, experts and scholars in the field of Earth Sciences and Higher Education studies, we developed the strategic plan for 2030, themed on “a Beautiful China & a Habitable Earth”, with “building a world-renowned research university in the field of Earth Sciences” as the goal.
Building a Beautiful China requires the concerted efforts of all sectors of society, and building a Habitable Earth advocates win-win cooperation among people all over the world. Let's go hand in hand for our great cause.
CUG President, Wang Yanxin
28th February, 2020
Strategic Plan of Building a World-Renowned Research University in Earth Sciences
A Beautiful China & A Habitable Earth：Towards 2030
A new era calls for new responsibilities. Entering a new era, the Chinese people long for a better life and a Beautiful China with bluer skies, greener landscape, and cleaner water. Confronted with common challenges, human beings must be in awe of and in concert with nature to preserve it for a Habitable Earth and a community of mankind with a shared future. As a “Double First-Class” university characterized with teaching and researching Earth Sciences, China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan, under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, is committed to a deeper understanding of Earth, more sustainable exploitation of Earth resources, and more efficiency in promoting green development and green lifestyle for a harmonious co-existence between man and nature.
A new journey calls for new achievements. Building CUG into a world-class university in Earth Sciences is a goal and a dream that have spurred generations of CUGers to press on for its fulfilment. By 2018, CUG had already achieved the first one of “three-step strategic goals”, embarking on a new journey to build a world-renowned research university in Earth Sciences. Towards the new journey, we should make new achievements. To make CUG an important source of theoretical transformation in the field of Earth Sciences as well as the source of scientific and technological innovation, we should enhance the competitive edge and characteristics of CUG in this field. We should cultivate excellent innovators and academic leaders. Taking the lead in eco-friendly ways of development and life, we are supposed to make a major contribution to building a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, and to promoting a harmonious co-existence between man and nature.
A new situation calls for new endeavors. Due to the situation in which China has entered the new era with its socialism of Chinese characteristics, CUG is facing unprecedented development opportunities as well as competitions from home and abroad. Due to the situation in which China has entered the deeper level of development and reform, CUG is facing profound challenges as well as sharp contradictions. Facing the new situation, we should embark on new endeavors with a sense of urgency and with the spirit of reform and innovation. Focusing on our soul, our weaknesses, our future, our mission and our characteristics, we should be committed to the high-caliber development of innovation and of substance. We should unremittingly pursue the first-class education to transform CUG from a multi-disciplinary and high-level university into a research university.
Looking back into the past, we, deeply rooted in China, overcame countless hurdles and difficulties, and forged ahead to cultivate talents for the CPC and our country. We continued to pursue excellence in academic studies to promote harmonious development between man and nature. Looking forward to the future, we expect mutual learning with globally best universities in Earth Sciences, scientific research institutions, industrial organizations and other institutions and aspire to make innovation through collaboration with them. We aspire to jointly shoulder responsibilities and make great achievements with those of insight who are committed to promoting a harmonious co-existence between man and nature. We also look forward to mutually beneficial cooperation with people from all sectors of society so as to jointly build a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth.
Remaining true to CUG’s core value of “seeking harmonious development between man and nature”, we are committed to cultivating innovative talents who have lofty morality, solid foundation, and profound expertise, and who pursue the unity of knowing and doing. We should provide personnel support, and endeavor for innovate, apply and spread knowledge in order to provide theories, technologies and approaches for the construction of a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth. We should strive to optimize governance, reform culture, and fully invigorate the vitality of running a university. We should provide our service for the construction of an innovative country and to the promotion of a harmonious co-existence between man and nature. We should provide our service for the people and the governance of China. We should provide our service for the consolidation and development of the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics. We should provide our service for the reform and opening up and to the construction of the socialist modernization.
By 2030, we will have built a world-renowned research university in Earth Sciences, whose main indexes will have reached or nearly reached the level of other world-class universities. To upgrade CUG into a world-class university, we will endeavor to make the discipline of Earth Sciences rank top in the world and forge boldly ahead in competition to improve the quality of other disciplines of CUG. We will assemble a contingent of teachers and researchers with international competitiveness and influences to build a university with Chinese characteristics and superiority. We will build a world-class university that will be fully engaged in international exchange and cooperation and that will achieve educational, academic, cultural and administrative excellence.
--- Achieving educational excellence. We will continuously promote education innovation and cultivate top-notch innovators and academic leaders. We will make an effort to attract students from all over the world and support them to become competent personnel in diverse modes with individualized achievement. In this (HCUG)2 research university, we will build a talent training community. In this research university, education quality will live up to expectations of students, satisfaction of the state, and recognition of society. In 2025, we will develop a first-class undergraduate education system. In 2030, we will develop a graduate education system with an international influence and a lifelong education system with remarkable brand effect.
--- Achieving academic excellence. To contribute ourselves to the building of a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, we will focus on fostering an academic ecosystem and adopt precise measures to deliver solid outcomes; we will continuously boost academic prosperity, enhance innovative capacity, and produce abundant high-level research findings and translations. By 2030, we will have established a first-class discipline system and a high-level talent pool, which will support the construction of a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth. By 2030, an open and growing cooperative platform of running the university will have taken shape. This platform will feature greater innovative capabilities and contributions with greater international academic influences. This platform will feature a deeper integration into national development strategies and regional development. This platform will also feature constructive interactions, mutual benefits, and joint innovations between town and gown.
--- Achieving cultural excellence. We should carry forward the scientific attitude and the CUG motto of “working hard with plain living style, seeking truth with pragmatic attitude”. We should advocate CUG’s value of “seeking harmonious development between man and nature”, observe core socialist values and consolidate the culture of excellence for a harmonious and orderly campus. We should encourage all the teachers and students to be meticulous in scholarship, proactive in exploration, persistent in seeking excellence, and undaunted when scaling new heights. We should remarkably upgrade the cultural soft power and cultural pace-setting effort so that our heritage and innovation will work together to guide new trends in industry and culture.
--- Achieving administrative excellence. We should adhere to the CPC’s overall leadership, endeavor to optimize the governance system of CUG, and enhance its governance capacity. We should perfect the principal accountability system under the leadership of the Party committee, improve academic governance, optimize public service, promote multi-dimensional collaborations, and deepen the comprehensive reform. By 2030, we will have established a contingent of professionalized, specialized and energized administrators. We will have formed an open system of running the university and we will have developed the CUG pattern and experience --- the pattern of administrating a modern university with Chinese characteristics.
3.1 Highlighted Characteristics and Concerted Development
Focusing on a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, we should adhere to value guidance and highlight our distinctive characteristics and competitive edge in the field of Earth Sciences, so as to take the lead in achieving “First-Class” quality. We should enhance quality promotion and upgrading, persist in concerted development, boost interdisciplinary integration, form new development advantages and optimize discipline ecology.
3.2 Key Breakthroughs and Overall Improvements
We should strengthen strategic administration to focus on major goals and tackle core issues. In good order, key projects should be identified and carried out in terms of specific stage, level and category. We should make overall improvements of quality through connecting “the 13th five-year plan”, upgrading “the 14th five-year plan” and promoting “the 15th five-year plan”.
3.3 Reform and Innovation and Pursuit of Excellence
We should nurture an everlasting entrepreneurial mentality, stick to innovating and rejuvenating vitality of education. An overall and comprehensive improvement of competence is expected in cultivating talents, facilitating scientific and technological innovation, guiding cultural trends, university administration, and international collaboration for educational, academic, cultural, and administrative excellence.
3.4. People-Oriented and Law-Based Administration of CUG
We should always put people first by relying on, respecting, encouraging and cultivating talents. We should retain competent personnel through career prospect and service quality, and enhance our capacity to recognize, introduce, protect, use, respect and train talents. We should adhere to the principle of law-based administration of CUG, with an emphasis on laws, regulations and rules, in order to perfect the institution of modern universities with Chinese characteristics.
4.1 Educational Innovation and Talent Cultivation
4.1.1 Optimizing the talent cultivation system
Based on the current circumstances and facing the future, we should implement the fundamental task of fostering integrity and promoting rounded development of people, focus on the need of constructing a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, and optimize the system of talent cultivation. We should put great efforts in the establishment of first-class undergraduate programs through comprehensive implementation of numbers growth and upgrading, increment optimization and dynamic regulation of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. We should integrate new ideas, new knowledge, new technologies and new orientations into the talent cultivation system.
We should map out and develop new Earth Sciences, new engineering and new liberal arts programs, improve the competence in high-level talent cultivation supported by basic disciplines, and develop “Intelligent +” education. By 2030, we will have achieved an approximate undergraduate and postgraduate enrollment ratio of 1 to 1 by controlling the scale of undergraduate programs and gradually expanding the scale of postgraduate programs. Based on the reform of ideological and political theory courses, an expected improvement of teaching quality and professionalism, and the construction of integrated talent cultivation system, we will promote the comprehensive reform of “all-staff, all-process and all-round education”.
4.1.2 Upgrading the overall quality of students
In accordance with the national reform of the examination and enrollment system, we should explore the possibility of an enrollment method linking “High School-Bachelor’s-Master’s-Doctoral” degrees，which can expand the source of excellent students, help select potential talents and cultivate them. We should establish the alliance of higher education and high school (H2) in a coordinated innovation of science and education as the base for expanding source of excellent students. We should improve the coordination and communication between key middle schools and renowned professors, design “advanced placement” courses, and guide outstanding middle school students to devote themselves to the construction of a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth. We should optimize the assessment criteria of student enrollment, and further reform the enrollment and selection schemes of postgraduates. Based on the “International University Union in Earth Sciences (U2)”, we should recruit outstanding talents home and abroad as master and doctoral candidates. These candidates should aspire to pursue academic excellence, technological innovation, and industrial development to serve the country.
4.1.3 Establishing the first-class undergraduate system
We should implement the “Three Integrations” mode of talents cultivation, perfect the undergraduate education mode of “wide scope, solid foundation”, establish a diversified and individualized personnel training system and satisfy the diversified demands of students’ development. To promote the interdisciplinary integration, we should implement the following strategies including “Major plus Minor Program” and the Plan of Talent Cultivation Coordinated by Science and Education (C2). To integrate innovative & entrepreneurial training and professional education, we should establish Innovative & Entrepreneurial Alliance for a Habitable Earth Construction jointly established by CUG and geological industry partners (G2), and implement “Prairie Fire Program”. To form a “Research-oriented Curriculum”, we should further integrate education and research in the talent cultivation system of academic excellence.
The mechanism and capabilities of basic teaching units in CUG shall be further strengthened. Leaders of disciplinary and course construction development teams shall also be mentors of novice faculty members in actual classroom teaching and overall teaching competence enhancement. We should establish a first-class undergraduate curriculum with enriched resources of liberal education courses and basic courses with high-quality. We should enhance university-enterprise integration and industry-education integration to promote practice-based talent cultivation. To expand students’ comprehensive quality and global vision, we should implement the project of upgrading their quality and strengthen their aesthetic, physical and labor education. We should enhance teaching quality with the guarantee of a complete and diversified quality assessment system for undergraduate education.
4.1.4 Establishing high-level postgraduate programs
We should continue the reform of classified cultivation of postgraduates, set world-class universities as the benchmark, and optimize postgraduate training programs. We should guide research postgraduates to initiate an academic career with a solid foundation, a cutting-edge vision and exploration/research-oriented study methods, for them to play a key role in academic innovation. Professional-degree-seeking graduate students shall be guided to be proactive and participatory in matters of national, civil, and social significance. Collaborations with relevant industry, particular regions and communities shall be encouraged and strengthened for a deeper understanding, a better analysis, and an all-around examination of questions encountered in reality, and in turn, a solution together with a technological roadmap of action. Based on innovation platforms, think-tank platforms and discipline special zones, we should transform the organization of postgraduate education to interdisciplinary and project-based educational modes. We should expand international platforms and channels of postgraduate cultivation. We should perfect the supervisor evaluation system to improve quality of instruction, and graduation criteria of postgraduates to improve the overall quality of postgraduate programs.
4.1.5 Establishing integrated and open systems of international and lifelong education
The international reputation of “ Study abroad at CUG” should be forged. To that end, deepening the reform on international education, improving its quality, and fostering high-end international talents in close rapport with China are crucial to establishing a CUG pattern (or experience) in international higher education in China. We should establish a demand-oriented, quality-oriented and competitive system of distance learning and continuing education. To meet the demands of developing natural resources and building ecological civilization, we should exploit our education strengths to develop diversified and distinctive programs of distance learning and continuing education in the field of natural resources administration. In so doing, we will be able to provide high-quality life-long learning resources for industries, regions and society in general.
4.2 Academic Innovation and Societal Engagement
4.2.1 Optimizing disciplinary ecosystem
To ensure the competitive edge of Earth Sciences home and abroad, and to lay a solid scientific foundation of building a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, we should establish optimized disciplinary planning with the focus on a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, and establish “Earth+” discipline groups based on cognition and prediction of the Earth’s evolution, which leads to the exploration of deep Earth processes, the revelation of crust-mantle interaction, and the study on interactions and dynamics of the Earth’s spheres. To realize key technological breakthroughs in the fields of resources and energy, and to provide theoretical and technical support of sustainable development between man and nature, we should establish “Resources+” discipline groups. To build a community of life forms, we should also establish “Green+” discipline groups which will deepen the study of man-land coupling relations and which will observe, interpret and predict variation trends, driving mechanisms and interactions of the Earth, the environment and society so as to provide the theoretical support for constructing a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth. To promote the innovation and application of advanced control theories/methods and artificial intelligence technology in constructing a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, we will establish “Intelligence+” discipline groups based on people’s demand for better lives. To facilitate the think-tank functions and provide cross-field, cross-department and cross-scale governance strategies for constructing a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, we should establish “Governance+” discipline groups based on the demand for modern construction of national governance system and competence. We should improve “Basis+” discipline groups in order to establish high-level fundamental disciplines that meet the demand of a research university. Guided by major scientific explorations and relying on interdisciplinary platforms, we should optimize the disciplinary ecology, where the pivotal Earth Sciences and other disciplines co-exist and collaborate in a mutually complementary manner.
4.2.2 Optimizing the knowledge innovation system
We should carry on the establishment of an academic innovation base to integrate “disciplinary construction, technological innovation, talent cultivation and international cooperation”. Focusing on the geological resources and ecological problems of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, we should conduct a systematic study of the interaction, process and evolution among the interior and exterior elements in the Yangtze River Basin, through pooling multi-disciplinary research expertise. Towards 2030, we should launch several major cutting-edge research projects to construct a community of life consisting of “mountain, water, forest, farmland, lake, grassland and ocean”. We should strive for a leading or co-leading position at the international academic frontier in the following fields: geobiology, geochemical analysis, geomaterial study, water-rock interaction, etc. We should strive for a co-leading or runner-up position at the international academic frontiers in the following fields: lithosphere evolution, interaction and co-evolution of biosphere and geosphere, non-conventional energy resources and mineral resources in short supply, geo-hazard prevention and geological engineering, water-rock interaction, marine geology and energy resources, geological environment restoration, etc.
4.2.3 Improving the system of technological innovation
Guided by providing solutions to complex problems in the frontiers of geological resources and environmental science as well as those in national strategic emerging industries, and taking promoting interdisciplinary research as our goal, we should build a number of interdisciplinary research centers in the key fields of new energy, new materials, artificial intelligence, environmental health, mathematics, etc. We should make continuous efforts in optimizing the planning and construction of scientific field observation stations, and strive for the improvement of the field observation system and control test index system for water, soil, atmosphere and creature. We should take active steps to propose key scientific theories, provide common core technologies, and thus deliver systematic solutions to constructing a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth. On such basis, it is critical to develop a scientific and technological innovation chain.
4.2.4 Enhancing the construction of think tanks with CUG characteristics
We should comprehensively strengthen the research of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and give full play to the advantages of CUG disciplines so as to build a number of new types of think tanks which represent CUG wisdom and are oriented towards major political, legal, economic and management issues involved in the construction of ecological civilization. To provide strong ideological data and methodological support for the construction of a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, we should focus on the establishment of several thematic databases as well as the joint-built interdisciplinary laboratories of humanities, social sciences and information science. Moreover, to make landmark achievements for advancing national and global governance process, and to improve the innovation capacity of humanities and social sciences in CUG as a whole, we should establish cooperation with domestic and international first-class think tanks and research bases regarding global and regional issues.
4.2.5 Improving the administration system for academic evaluation
We should attach full attention to common laws and distinctive features of discipline development. By drawing on experiences from home and abroad, we should explore ways of optimizing the academic evaluation standards, academic evaluation mechanism and methods, and encourage diversified development of disciplines. We should deepen reforms on the system of post evaluation and employment, and on the evaluation system for teachers. We should explore team-based academic evaluation, promote the integration of individual evaluation and team-based evaluation, and facilitate the formation of high-level academic innovation teams. We should improve the evaluation system for academic performance and that for innovation capacity of teaching and scientific research institutions, intensify the reform on supporting systems, strengthen the application of evaluation results, and thus strive to develop an academic administration system that is innovation-driven, performance-based, and goal-oriented.
4.2.6 Deeply engaged in the economic and social development
By upholding the demand-oriented principle, we should strengthen the overall planning of social cooperation, and advance the innovation on system and mechanism. We should strive to provide theoretical guidance, technical support, decision-making consultation, standard formulation and management services to CUG’s deep involvement in national strategy, and deep integration into industrial and regional development. We should make coordinated efforts to set up databases for international cooperation, and strive to make outstanding graduates, experts and scholars valuable assets of key industries and regions. We should sponsor and encourage creation and education activities of science popularization, carry out nature education for the society, and gather more forces to participate in the construction of a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth. We should promote the sharing of innovative resources, and strive to be productive in multiple collaborative innovations in the fields of new energy development, environmental protection, jewelry, artificial intelligence, nature education, etc. We should endeavor to improve the overall level of participation in global, national and regional development processes.
4.3 Global Vision and International Cooperation
4.3.1 Designing an overall layout of global cooperation
With “International University Consortium in Earth Sciences” as the core, we will carry out the initiative of “Strategic Partnership of Building a Habitable Earth”, and advance all-round and multi-level cooperation with international partners. We will build a high-caliber international cooperation network to deepen our collaboration with more world-class universities and scientific research institutions, and thus to establish intercontinental “Habitable Earth” bases to support the internships of CUG abroad. We aim to bring forth new mechanisms of joint institutions and programs and expand the scale of academic visits and exchanges to promote mutual learning and growing between Chinese and international quality education models.
4.3.2 In-depth engagement in the “Belt and Road” initiative
Cooperation in higher education with countries along the route should be strengthened. Driven by the development momentum of International Education Center for Geosciences, we should conduct cooperation in scientific research and talent cultivation in an all-round way, with a particular focus on the pressing issues related to resources and environment faced by countries along the route. We endeavor to enhance China’s international discursive power and influence in the fields of resources, energy and environment. We should make more efforts to promote the development of Confucius Institutes for a vigorous dissemination of Chinese culture. We will strengthen the construction of national and regional research centers to be in all-round support of the “Belt and Road” initiative as well as the opening up of our education sector to the outside world through providing decision-making consultation and information and intellectual support.
4.3.3 Reinforcing capacity in international exchanges in an all-round way
We should make greater efforts in disseminating international academic information, developing international academic journals, promoting the internationalization of network media as well as the building of overseas Alumni Associations, and thus to improve the capacity in terms of the tracking of and the research into the frontiers of international geosciences. We should actively participate in or take the lead in conducting major international and regional scientific projects. We should recommend outstanding talents to work for international organizations, academic institutions and international journals, and strive to be actively engaged in international education governance, assuming a greater role in proposing, evaluating and accrediting of international standards. Meanwhile, we should step up our efforts in the construction of international joint laboratories, research centers and field observation bases. We should strengthen international academic exchanges and organize a series of summit forums on such major issues as global change and so forth.
4.3.4 Implementing the “Habitable Earth” talent program
We should continue to promote and optimize overseas cooperation projects, and comprehensively improve the level of education internationalization. We should open up new international channels for employment, and facilitate outstanding graduates to work as interns in international organizations, well-known international enterprises and scientific research institutes. We should make continuous efforts to boost the support for young teachers and academic leaders to visit high-level universities and scientific research institutes. We should take active steps to facilitate the recruitment, visit and exchange of international faculty, and to strengthen the construction of an international talent service system.
4.3.5 Enhancing capacity in internationalized administration
To construct an internationalized campus, we should take prompt steps to comprehensively enhance our capacity in accommodating and serving international teachers and students, and our attraction to both high-level international teachers and students. We should facilitate the convergent administration of both Chinese and international students, build a brand project of cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries, and foster greater cultural self-confidence. We should improve the administration and service mechanism, make strong moves to optimize the management team, carry out training programs for administrative personnel to better function in an international setting with newly acquired quality and competence, and ensure that comprehensive improvement is made in the level and quality of internationalized administration and service.
4.4 Cultural Innovation and Value Guidance
4.4.1 Carrying forward the talent cultivation culture of serving the country with determination and pursuing the unity of knowing and doing
We will always adhere to the principle of fostering integrity and promoting all-around development of students. We should remain committed to upholding the spirit of being patriotic, truth-seeking, responsible, and willing to make contributions. We will be resolute in advocating science, and striving for national rejuvenation, national prosperity, social progress and happiness of all. We should scrupulously advocate and follow CUG motto of “working hard with plain living style, seeking truth with pragmatic attitude”. We should consistently foster and practice socialist core values, consolidate the value identity of being hard-working and plain-living, and contribute to a solid foundation for the realization of the Chinese Dream. We should make consistent efforts to pursue the truth and attain enlightenment by guiding students to appreciate the beauty of nature, and to analyze the logic of things. Students will be further motivated to remain down-to-earth while occasionally looking up to appreciate the starry sky. Students will be encouraged to harbor profound love for our people while equipped with a world horizon. They will be reminded to keep intact their original kindness and live a life in a way that they always believe in so that the principle of educating students through practice could be advanced in an all-around way.
4.4.2 Advocating the discipline culture of pursuing the truth and harmonious co-existence between man and nature
Our development conviction will be consolidated. We should carry forward the values of “harmonious development between man and nature”, and make joint efforts in advancing “a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth”, in a way that we endeavor to reveal the mystery of nature, social rules and the true meaning of life. We should carry out the science education and dissemination, make Earth Sciences a distinctive “business card” of CUG, and give full play to the fundamental, pioneering and forward-looking role of geosciences in promoting the harmonious co-existence between man and nature. All disciplines will be coordinated to develop in such a way that they can wield targeted effects, complement each other, and realize improvement in both their competitiveness and quality. Moreover, we will set up the Research Center of Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization as part of our joint effort in constructing a national think tank of ecological civilization. We will develop series of teaching materials and science-popularization works for “a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth”, carry out extensive natural education in various forms, and take the lead in the cultural transmission so as to form cultural consensus in the community with a shared future for mankind.
4.4.3 Creating an administrative culture that is teacher-student-oriented; advocating rigorousness and pragmatism
We should strengthen the institutional systems featured in people-oriented and law-based governance, and continue to modernize the governance system and capacity of our university. We should stay committed to the people-oriented principle, respecting and motivating teachers and students, caring for and serving well teachers and students by not only facilitating their development, but also improving the level of satisfaction among teachers and students with regard to our administrative services. We should adhere to the principle of law-based governance, strengthen the sense of rules and the spirit of contract featured in “being strict in CUG”, and always honor our commitment. With solemn and lofty ideals firm in mind, we will take active steps to motivate the academic pursuit of truth-seeking and rigorousness in learning, formulate strict standards of excellence, implement strict and efficient governance, and thus contributing to the harmonious and orderly operation of our university.
4.4.4 Inspiring the innovative culture of tenacious endeavor and bravely scaling new heights
To guide teachers and students to make tenacious efforts in entrepreneurship, we should further explore and carry forward the southwards migration spirit of our university—“carrying forward our glorious heritage from generation to generation by blazing new trails amid wind and rain”. We should pool the global resources of innovative culture and cultivate the global vision of teachers and students. We should optimize the innovation ecology, adhere to the principle of striving for innovation by following objective laws of things, advocating diversity and tolerating failure, and endeavor to create an academic atmosphere that reinforces our courage and strength in innovation. We should strengthen the education of entrepreneurship awareness among students in an endeavor to stimulate the growth of dreams among the youth, just like starting a prairie fire from a single spark. We should inherit and carry forward the mountaineering spirit of “being fearless, tenacious and hard-working, united as a whole, and scaling new heights”. Accordingly, we hope to encourage and guide all teachers and students to conquer higher peaks of science and life.
4.5 Governance Reform and Administrative Innovation
4.5.1 Comprehensively strengthening the Party leadership and Party building
We should adhere to and strengthen the Party’s overall leadership, use Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era to arm our mind, guide practice, promote work, and improve the Party committee’s competence of setting direction, making overall plans and decisions, and boosting reform. We should strengthen system design and strategic management, focus on improving the competence of university governance, and effectively transform the Party leadership into the driving force, competitiveness, and creativity of developing a research university. We should implement the principal accountability system under the leadership of the Party committee, improve the decision-making system of CUG’s two levels of leading groups, strengthen responsibility, and stimulate endogenous motivation for grassroots development. We should focus on improving organizational ability, strengthening the building of Party organizations at the grassroots level, and continuously improving the quality of Party construction, so that the pioneering role of Party members is reflected in the pursuit of educational excellence, academic excellence, administrative excellence, cultural excellence, and global cooperation. Let our Party organizations at all levels become full engines to lead the construction of a research university. To build a contingent of high-caliber, professional, innovative, responsible and competent officials, we should improve the official working system that can cultivate their quality with profound knowledge, correctly select and appoint them with strict administration and positive incentives. We should adhere to full and strict governance over the Party, continue improving our inspection mechanism for a clean and honest governance in key areas and links, and create a clean and upright political and educational environment.
4.5.2 Optimizing the internal governance system
We should comprehensively deepen the reform, take the university constitution as the cornerstone, and promote the law-based administration of CUG. Following the law of research university construction and based on the actual situation of CUG, we should adjust the setting of schools, disciplines and departments in time, and explore and promote the reform of the department and discipline systems. We should promote the development and reform of the schools in different levels and classifications, decentralize governance power, and stimulate the vitality of the grassroots officials by empowering them with administrative rights. Taking the academic committee as the core, we should improve the academic governance system, optimize the organization and operating mechanism, and use discipline groups as the basic unit, to build a scientific, standardized, and diverse evaluation system. We should improve the reform of the supporting system for academic governance, and construct an academic administration system of goal orientation and performance evaluation. We should strengthen the construction of teachers’ congress, trade union congress and students’ congress, and promote democratic administration. We should further bring into full play the role of administrative councils, alumni associations, and foundations to make scientific decisions, give consultation, and conduct resource mobilization. We should promote diversified co-construction and innovate cooperation models. To form a multi-directional and vibrant system for running the university, and to jointly build a Beautiful China and a Habitable Earth, we should unblock and expand the support channels from the government, society and industry, and deepen international cooperation.
4.5.3 Improving administration services
We should establish a streamlined, efficient and convenient system of administration service. We should further optimize the setup of administrative institutions and posts, promote the work on settling quota, allocation, description, and responsibility of administrative posts, and strengthen coordination among components of the administration. We should optimize the administration system and process, integrate service functions, and bring forth new modes of administration services. We should take various measures to strengthen the construction of the administrative group and stimulate the vitality of the service team to promote the level of professionalization, specialization and modernization of administration service. We should reform the evaluation of administration service, improve the mechanism of fault tolerance and error correction, encourage innovation and exploration on the part of administrative members, and improve the satisfaction of teachers and students with administration services.
5．Guarantee of Strategies and Implementation of Planning
5.1 Strengthening Resource Guarantee
5.1.1 Improving the level of resource mobilization and allocation
Actively adapting to national strategies and social needs, we should plan and strive to expand fund-raising channels, tap the potential of financing, and achieve sustainable and stable growth of university resources. We should stress the concept of raising resources by all staff, form a mechanism with collective efforts, enhance the strategic management of financing, establish a long-term mechanism for capital increase, and solve the problem of resource shortage. We should strengthen planning guidance, process administration and performance evaluation of resource allocation, and gradually establish a resource allocation system and mechanism that effectively links strategic planning and resource input, process administration and resource use, and performance evaluation and dynamic adjustment. We should implement comprehensive performance management of budget, strengthen constraints and incentives of resource use, and promote financial use and performance priority. We should continue to improve the conditions for running the university, ensure and improve people’s livelihood, and enable teachers and students to feel more satisfied and happier.
5.1.2 Building a pool of outstanding talents
We will continue to implement the strategy of strengthening the university with talents, and improve the plan for talent recruitment and cultivation in accordance with urgent needs, long-term planning, and the optimization of structure. We should bring forth the precise mechanism of introducing talents, vigorously attracting outstanding scientists and leading talents, and pooling talents from all over the world. We should improve the precise education system, strengthen the echelon construction of high-level academic teams, and help young talents grow. We should establish a quick-response and efficient service system for the talents, improve the quality of personnel administration service to cope with global talent competition, and run high-quality service through the whole process of talent recruitment and cultivation. By creating the environment and culture for innovation, we can help talents to devote themselves to education and research, to original research findings and breakthroughs, and in turn, to flourishing personal and professional development.
5.1.3 Building an ecological and intelligent campus
We should integrate the value of “seeking harmonious development between man and nature” into the campus construction, build an ecological campus suitable for learning and living, and strive to build a beautiful and happy CUG. We should promote the deep integration of information technology with education and administration services, and comprehensively improve information construction. By promoting education modernization with informatization, we can realize cloudification of resources, data lakes, and miniaturization of services to boost the education reform and technological innovation. To promote business collaboration, process optimization, and decision-making efficiency, and to build a smart campus, we should improve the infrastructure of information technology and establish data standards, by using cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence.
5.2 Enhancement of the planning implementation
5.2.1 Strengthening guidance
We should consistently adhere to the blueprint to the end, and give full play to the leading role of mid-and-long-term strategic planning to promote the development of our cause. By strengthening the top-level design, inspiring middle-level responsibility, and promoting grassroots exploration, we should comprehensively improve strategic management and execution and implement strategic planning to all aspects and organizations at all levels.
5.2.2 Preventing risks
We should strengthen policy research and analysis, dynamic scanning of the environment and benchmarking analysis to prevent risks resulting from environmental changes and external challenges. We should strengthen the supervision and control on development direction, internal ecology, system analysis and personnel capacity to prevent the risk of ecological defects and that of incompetence. We should strengthen the research on the efficiency of resource mobilization and allocation, and guard against the risks of insufficient resources and low efficiency. We should further promote anti-corruption among all Party members, strengthen ideological and political work and cultural development, and guard against inertia and slackness.
5.2.3 Coordination and implementation
Due attention shall be paid to transitions when we implement the strategic planning through five-year plans and mid-and-long-term special projects. According to phased main tasks, we should adopt a target-oriented and key-point-stressed strategy of allocating resources. To achieve our strategic goals, we should successfully implement annual plans in all work units and special projects at all stages, systematically carry forward the strategic planning, and regularly conduct performance assessment.