Chinese universities start ‘Xi Thought’ institutes
BEIJING – Agence France-Presse
The distinction places Xi on a par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. It means that his dogma - “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” - will become a mantra for a new generation.
“We will gather many experts and professors to disseminate and preach Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in businesses, neighborhoods and villages,” Jiang Hongxin, head of Hunan Normal University’s newly-founded Xi Thought research center, told the People’s Daily, the party mouthpiece.
Liu Ying, party secretary of the Tianjin University of Technology’s Communist Youth League, told AFP the idea of forming a Xi Thought “learning group” came to her spontaneously during his marathon speech at the congress’s opening.
“After studying these ideas, students will have more confidence not only in the country, but also in their own lives,” she said. “They will have a greater belief in the Chinese dream” - one of Xi’s pet slogans.
Planned activities for the group include tours to promote Xi Thought in rural communities and visits to Liangjiahe, the northern village where Xi spent seven years as a “sent-down youth” during the Cultural Revolution.
“The [research] center has a unique duty, which is to push forward Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in curriculums, in classrooms and in minds,” Chen Xianda, a professor at Renmin University of China, told the Beijing-based Guangming Daily.
One institute director said the lessons must “enter brains and hearts,” while another said the Xi Thought organization would “guide the entire school, from top to bottom, in implementing the spirit of the 19th congress.”
The education ministry also released guidelines on Oct. 30 for mandatory elementary and high school extracurricular programs that include activities to “foster emotional attachment to the Chinese Communist Party.”