Chinese university to offer minor bachelor programs in family education

By Zhu Bochen
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A girl reads a book with her mother in Beijing, capital of China, May 12, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Starting this fall semester, Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing will set up two minor programs in family education for its full-time undergraduates. Students who meet the academic credit requirements will receive a second bachelor's degree either in education or law.

These programs will adopt an inter-disciplinary approach incorporating CNU's academic resources of preschool education, primary education, political science, and law. Courses concerning educational studies, theories of child development, the ethical principle of social work, and others are expected to be provided.

The move aims to develop more teaching professionals and social service providers in the field following the adoption of the Family Education Promotion Law, the first of its kind in China.

The law, which has taken effect since Jan. 1, 2022, underscores that more efforts should be made via family education to carry forward traditional Chinese culture, advanced socialist culture, and revolutionary culture and promote children's comprehensive and healthy growth.

"Family education in China has entered a golden period of development," said Meng Fanhua, secretary of the Party Committee of CNU, during a webinar on Thursday. Given China's current talent shortage in the field, Meng called for great efforts to establish a talent development system among universities.

The CNU has been one of the country's leaders in this field. It started to offer postgraduate programs in family education in 2007 and has seen remarkable progress in family education studies, talent development, policy research, and social services.

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