Nearly 30 members of Jiangsu provincial CPPCC and members of the Social Science Circles visited Zinjin Media Think Tank at Xinlin Campus of Nanjing University on May 22th. Also attending the meeting were Hu Jinbo, vice chairman of Jiangsu Provincial CPPCC, Jin Jianming, deputy secretary general of the Jiangsu provincial CPPCC and director of the Research Office, Wang Qingwu, director of the Counselor's Office of the provincial government, Liu Dehai, Party secretary and vice chairman of the Provincial Philosophy and Social Sciences Association, who listened to ZMT's achievements at the symposium and made suggestions for its growth and development. Yang Zhong, deputy secretary of the Party Committee of Nanjing University, also attended the above mentioned activities.
Xu Su, Party secretary of the School of Social and Behavioral Science, Nanjing University
accompanied the visitors and took a group photo to make the occasion
First of all, members of Jiangsu provincial CPPCC and members of the Social Science Circles visited the School of Social and Behavioral Science and Zinjin Media Think Tank.
Director of the Counselor's Office of the provincial government
Wang Qingwu, director of the Counselor's Office of the provincial government, presided over the symposium. He said, “think tank is a new thing in China, and there has been a “think tank booming” across the country in recent years. Among the nine high-end think tanks in Jiangsu province, Zijin Media Think Tank was established the earliest and registered as a private non-enterprise unit, and it is characterized by the organizational structure and think tank management. This visit would help us understand the dynamics of the social sciences, the construction of high-end think tanks in Jiangsu, and the operation of think tanks on the ground.”
Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Nanjing University
In the speech, Yang Zhong, deputy secretary of the Party committee of Nanjing University, stated that Nanjing University advocates academics and pursues truth. It has formed a unique academic tradition in the course of school running over the past 116 years, especially the school of “Xueheng”, as a representative of the academic tradition, has made remarkable contributions to the advancement of ideas in China; Nanjing University has always put talent cultivation (teaching) first, and in the construction of “two-class” university, Nanjing University has built an advanced talent training system; the Humanities and Social Sciences of Nanjing University has developed rapidly in recent years, which can be ranked among the top three in the country. As for the development of think tanks, Nanjing University started very early. The first think tank was the “Jiangsu Development High-level Forum”. Since then, the Zijin Media Think Tank, Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies, and the Changjiang Industrial Economics Institute have made contributions to the social science studies. The “two-class” construction of Nanjing University also needs supports and assistances from the provincial CPPCC and the Social Sciences Circles.
Secretary General of Zinjin Media Think Tank,
Professor, Doctoral Supervisor of School of Social and Behavioral Science, Nanjing University
Later on, Min Xueqin, secretary general of Zinjin Media Think Tank, professor of the School of Social and Behavioral Science introduced the think tank from the aspects of development process, organization framework, talent construction, operation and publicity, major achievements and development planning.
Party Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Provincial Philosophy and Social Sciences Association
Then, Liu Dehai, Party secretary and vice chairman of the Provincial Philosophy and Social Sciences Association, believed that as a new type of high-end think tank, Zijin Media Think Tank should focus on certain research directions; the research should be more timely; it should establish a brand image, because think tanks in Jiangsu are not ranked high enough in the country. Chairman Liu also said that the research of the new-type of think tanks is not the same as the traditional one, it must be clearly oriented: firstly, it should be problem-oriented, avoiding “false”, “old” and “irrelevant” issues; secondly, it should pay attention to timeliness and does not do "after-the-fact"; thirdly, it should focus on the efficiency and effectiveness of the research.
Deputy Procurator General of the Provincial Procuratorate
Wang Li, deputy procurator general of the Provincial Procuratorate, thought that the operation concepts of the new-type of think tank represented by the Zijin Media Think Tank are very advanced, and the selection of the research field is considerate, which has a bright future. However, she also believed that there are still many places where ZMT should improve: firstly, the awareness of think tank is not high so that it needs to enhance the publicity; secondly, it should pay attention to the credibility, whether these studies can be known by the people and accepted by society or not, there is a long way to go; thirdly, the think tank should guide the healthy development of society and lead the people's confidence, truly integrating the research with the government's decision-making in social diversification.
Deputy Director of Cultural and Historical Committee of the Provincial CPPCC,
Curator of the Second Historical Archives of China
Ma Zhendu, deputy director of Cultural and Historical Committee of the Provincial CPPCC, curator of the Second Historical Archives of China, said that ZMT’s research is in line with the needs of the general public and the government's social management. It has conducted a large number of investigations on social governance and provided valuable references for government. The “40-years’ anniversary of the reform and opening up” project closely follows the hot spots issue, which has important practical significance for the ideological emancipation. He suggested that although Zijin Media Think Tank mainly studies on practical issues, it can also pay attention to history, for example, the index of economic development, and the Second Historical Archives of China has a number of materials for reference and can be used for historical comparison.
Dean of the Research Institute of Chinese Agricultural Civilization, Nanjing Agricultural University
Wang Siming, dean of the Research Institute of Chinese Agricultural Civilization of Nanjing Agricultural University thought that Zijin Media Think Tank is a comprehensive think tank whose advantages include: it involves various schools, giving full play to the advantages in governance; the five centers are built around economic and social development; scholars, government and the media are combined which can bring its superiority into full play. Professor Wang said that Nanjing Agricultural University also has think tank, and many of its research currently conducted are in line with some of the Zijin Media Think-Tank's projects. The two think tanks can cooperate with each other later, integrate resources, and jointly provide suggestions for the development of the provincial party committee and provincial government.
Deputy Director of the Social and Legal Affairs (National religion) Committee of the Provincial CPPCC,
Director of the Jiangsu Yuntong Law Office
Xie Shiling, deputy director of the Social and Legal Affairs (National religion) Committee of the provincial CPPCC and director of the Jiangsu Yuntong Law Office, was very interested in think tank’s research on social management and the petition reform forum. He suggested that think tank can further explore rural governance and petition cases, and analyze these specific types so as to provide suggestions and opinions for the provincial party committee and provincial government.
Vice Chairman of Jiangsu Provincial CPPCC
Hu Jinbo, vice chairman of Jiangsu Provincial CPPCC concluded that Nanjing University has a very good academic tradition, and the world-class university and world-class think tank should develop in parallel. Think tank should play an important role in national decision-making. Zijin Media Think Tank has caught up with a great era, it should always serve the country, the people, and the building of socialism with Chinese characteristics as well as the modern governance. President Hu proposed several “unifications” of think tank construction: a good think tank should be a unification of ideas, thoughts and thinking; it should be a unification of professionalism, science and people; it should be a unification of problem-orientation, demand-orientation and motivation-orientation; it should be a unification of achievements, systems and talents. At the operational level, think tank should focus on doing, and must do well; pay attention to not only abstract thinking, but also figurative thinking; emphasize not only the quantity accumulation, but also the quality improvement; focus on vigorous and dynamic work style, but also aware that Rome is not built in one day.