​Tsinghua establishes think tank research center

​ By Zhang Liying
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A research center dedicated to assessing and supporting the development of think tanks was unveiled at the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM), Tsinghua University on Thursday.

Su Jun (first from left), Hu Angang (second from left), Xue Lan (third from left), and Zhu Xufeng (fourth from left), director of TTRC pose for photos at the opening ceremony of TTRC on April 12, 2018. [Photo by Zhang Liying / China.org.cn]

The Think Tank Research Center (TTRC) will use Tsinghua University's intellectual resources and research capacity to offer advice on the development of Chinese think tanks so that they can better contribute to sound decision-making, according to Yang Yongheng, deputy dean of SPPM at Tsinghua.

The center will conduct research mainly on the development of a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics, the development model of foreign think tanks and the appraisal of global think tanks.

Su Jun, chairman of the board of directors of the center, said that the establishment of the center conformed to China's efforts to modernize its system and capacity for governance.

Modernization requires more qualified think tanks to contribute ideas and also organizations to study, assess and guide the development of think tanks, he said.

As a research center affiliated with a university, TTRC will combine theoretical research and practical investigation together to provide guidance on the development of think tanks while cultivating professionals for future employment by them, he said.

Xue Lan, dean of SPPM, and Hu Angang, director of the Center for China Studies at Tsinghua University, were recruited as consultants for the center. 

China has been attaching greater importance to the role of think tanks in advancing its economic and social development in recent years.

According to a report by state-run agency Xinhua, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in October 2014 that: "Building a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics is an important and pressing mission. It should be aimed at promoting sound and democratic decision-making, promoting modernization of the country's governing system and ability, as well as strengthening China's soft power."

In January 2015, the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council issued guidelines on strengthening the construction of a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics, setting the aim of building several think tanks with major global influence by 2020.

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