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SNNU unveils Academy of Philosophy



On June 18, Shaanxi Normal University unveiled its Academy of Philosophy at a ceremony held in the Xinyong Students Activities Center on its Changan campus.

President You Xuqun announced the leadership and academic advisers of the academy and awarded certificates of appointment to the dean Prof. Han Zhen, and advisers Prof. Zhao Fujie, Prof. Ouyang Kang, and Prof. Zheng Zongyi.

You Xuqun and Han Zhen unveiled the plaque of the academy.

The establishment of Academy of Philosophy is a major move of the university to push forward the reform on the mechanism of nurturing innovative professionals, aiming at using the advantage of the discipline of philosophy to lead and mobilize the practice of outstanding innovative professionals, and improving the overall quality of its educational programs.

Affiliated with the School of Philosophy and Government, the Academy selects and admits about 100 students from non-philosophy major undergraduate students across the university for a two-year program of philosophical and liberal arts core courses.

For the first year, 112 students from 18 schools have been admitted to the academy.

You Xuqun said in his speech that in the structure of an innovative university, philosophy is not simply a professional field of study, but also constituents of liberal arts education, science education and character education, as well as a crucial part of teacher education. With the establishment of Academy of Philosophy, SNNU  intends to build a experiment zone for nurturing interdisciplinary humanistic and patriotic professionals who were ready to serve the nation and embrace the world. He hoped the academy would explore a unique path of development and a new mode of education, assisting the universitys construction of first class undergraduate education.

Executive vice dean Prof. Yuan Zushe briefed the audience about the academy, explaining its concept of laying emphasis on the integration of disciplines and development of comprehensive quality, on the training of rationality and critical thinking, on international vision and innovative sense, and on sound mind and healthy personality.  

Prof. Han Zhen said he hoped the academy could stimulate students wisdom and critical thinking, and help them grow.

Prof. Zhang Xueguang, dean of Northwest Universitys School of Philosophy and SNNU alumnus, congratulated on the establishment of SNNUs Academy of Philosophy.

Yuan Zimo, who is a class of 2021 School of Chinese Language and Literature and one of Academy of Philosophys first class students, spoke on behalf of his fellow students and vowed to stand rooted and study focused, so as to harvest their dreams.

After the ceremony, the experts, scholars and students attended the Forum on the Construction of First Class undergraduate Program of Philosophy, where Prof. Zhao Fujie, Prof. Ouyang Kang and Prof. Han Zhen gave reports titled Sublimating Philosophy in the Inheritance of the Academy Spirit, Philosophy: Between Human Civilization and Personal Cultivation, and Implementing Philosophical Education in a Philosophical Way.

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