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China National Academy of Educational Sciences (CNAES)

  The China National Academy of Educational Sciences (CNAES) is a comprehensive national-level education research institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. It was formerly known as the Education Research Division of Central Research Academy, which was founded in 1941. In 1957, the China National Institute of Educational Research was officially established under the authorization of the State Council and the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee. The institute was renamed as the National Institute of Education Sciences in 2011. Subsequently in 2021, the institute merged with the National Education Development Research Center into the China National Academy of Educational Sciences. The CNAES also hosts the National Office for Education Sciences Planning.

  The CNAES is committed to contributing to the policy-making process, developing education theories, guiding educational practices, and collaborating with educational research institutes all over China. It aims to build an advanced national think tank in education that provides intellectual support to accelerate the modernization in China’s education, help build a well-educated population and develop education that meets the expectations of the people.

  The CNAES has 20 research institutes, 12 administrative offices, two affiliated enterprises and the Education Science Publishing House (Audio and Video Publishing House) .The CNAES has more than 270 researchers, approximately half of whom are researchers with senior professional titles, with most having doctoral degrees. The research institutes are:

  Institute of Education Theory

  Institute of Education Strategy

  Institute of Education Reform

  Institute of Regional Education

  Institute of Education History

  Institute of Basic Education

  Institute of Higher Education

  Institute of Vocational, Technical and Continuing Education

  Institute of Psychology and Special Education

  Institute of Moral Education

  Institute of Curriculum and Pedagogy

  Institute of Physical, and Arts Education

  Institute of Social Practice Education

  Institute of Teacher Development

  Institute of Education Inspection and Evaluation

  Institute of Education Legislation and Standards

  Institute of Education Finance

  Institute of Education Statistics and Data Analysis

  Institute of Comparative Education

  Institute of Future Education

  The CNAES publishes eight journals and one newspaper, such as the Journal of Educational Research, the Journal of Chinese Special Education and Weekly Digest of Education, etc.

  The CNAES has established a Simulation Analysis Platform for Policy-making on Educational, Economic and Social Development; Platform for Educational Investigation and Postdoctoral Center; and Training Platform for Visiting Scholars. It has set up educational reform pilot districts and schools located in the east, west and central parts of China. Furthermore, it has collaborated with about 14 international organizations and 550 educational research institutes in around 80 countries.

  The China Adult Education Association, Chinese Society for Taoxingzhi Studies (Tao Xingzhi, a well-known and widely respected Chinese educator and thinker who lived from 1891 to 1946), Chinese Confucian Academy, Tao Xingzhi Education Foundation, and Chinese Association for Local Education History and Annals are affiliated with CNAES.

  Focusing on national priorities and development strategies, the CNAES strives to advance studies on various topics regarding common concerns of the central government, society and the public. The CNAES conducts a series of important research projects such as the final evaluation of the ten-year National Education Plan, projects on educational response to COVID-19 pandemic and Artificial Intelligence, family-school cooperation, public educational service system, vocational and technical education system, etc. These research projects have achieved important results and made great contributions to the reform and development of education in China. From 2018 to 2021, 288 research results for decision-making were recognized by the Ministry of Education of China, 1660 research papers and 252 academic works were published. The CNAES is regarded as a leading think tank in education in China.


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