Research Center of Journalism and Social Development (RUC) grew out of the Public Opinion Research Institute (RUC), founded in October, 1986, and Modern Advertisement Research Center, Media Management and Administration Research Institute, Research Institute of Hong Kong, Macao & Taiwan News, and Audio-Visual Communication Research Center. Research Center of Journalism and Social Development was reestablished in November, 1999 and it was approved by the Ministry of Education as one of the country’s national key research institutions in humanities and social sciences in September 2000. Professor Zheng Baowei is the present director of Research Center of Journalism and Social Development, and its former director is Professor Tong Bing.
Our Research Center includes Journalism and Communication Research Institute, Public Opinion Research Institute, and Media Economics Research Institute. With the cooperation of School of Journalism, we set up the News Data Center, published the Journal of International Communication, a comprehensive academic journal in the field of Journalism and Communication, and reestablished Collection of Papers on Journalism and Communication.
Currently, Research Center of Journalism and Social Development has 16 special professionals, including 15 professors, 6 part-time professionals (5 professors). The chiefs of the research group are Professor Fang Hanqi, Professor Zheng Baowei, Professor Tu Guangjin, Professor Guo Qingguang, Professor Yu Guoming, Professor Chen Lidan, Professor Gao Gang, and Professor Cai Wen, etc.
With seven years of construction and development after being the country’s national key research institutions, our Research Center has made great progress in scientific research, talent cultivation, academic communication, counseling services and academic system construction. Our Research Center had a long tradition of outstanding strength in teaching and research, with the improvement of material conditions, the ever increasing social influence, and it was in the lead of national research institutions on Journalism and Communication.
The superiorities and characteristics of our Research Center are as follows: with the solid foundation of talents and resources provided by School of Journalism (RUC), authorized to design and confer its degrees within the board discipline of journalism (Discipline Category One) and the National Innovative Institute on Chinese Journalism and Communication Research in Social Sciences (985 program); the full-time and part-time academic research group integrated by first-class scholars all over the country; the tradition and experience of providing investigation activities and counseling services for the news practice under the guideline of the combination of theory and practice; the advantages for academic researches by win-win combination. Therefore, Research Center keeps the research work in the lead, practically and academically.
In the scientific research aspect, the center has been aiming to the frontiers of Journalism, upholding the theory innovation and providing the counseling services for the important decision-making in the field of journalism and communication since the establishment of our Research Center, and has made great progress and achievements. The Research Center undertook a number of major research projects at the nationwide and provincial level, theoretically and practically. Adapting to the needs of our country, society and news practice, we tackled the key parts of some significant research projects and achieved great success. Some achievements in our scientific researches have had positive social influences, and some have filled the gaps in journalism and communication, making our research level stay in the lead all over the country and enjoy great academic prestige and becoming the key Research Center in Journalism and Communication. For seven years, researchers in our Research Center has undertook 70 research projects successively, published 80 monographs and teaching materials, delivered about 1000 academic papers( more than 350 in core journals), submitted over 30 counseling reports to the government. The achievements in scientific research have been awarded the state-level prize for 3 times, the ministry-or-province-level 9 times, and occupied in the lead of Journalism and Communication, quantitatively and qualitatively.
Our Research Center has cultivated a number of leading scholars of fundamental importance and young and middle-aged backbone scholars in the field in China by doing scientific researches systematically and thoroughly. Members for our Research Center have been the leaders and key members of national academic organizations in Journalism and Communication for many times. Some of the young and middle-aged scholars began to show brilliant talents in press circles. The Center pays attention to providing opportunities to postgraduates in scientific researches, making great efforts to transforming research outputs to the level of teaching, renovating the teaching content, and improving the teaching level. Over the past 7 years, more than 90 doctors, 612 postgraduates have graduated from our Research Center and the School of Journalism. And now we have over 90 PhD candidates and 280 master candidates. These graduates have formed the core of the faculty. Among them, three doctor graduates, now the full-time scholars of our Research Center are winners of the national award “ 100 Doctoral Dissertations for Excellence ”, Professor Cai Wen, Professor Yang Baojun and Professor Peng Lan. Therefore, the Center has become the famous talented person base of Journalism and Communication in China, and has fully played the role of human resource base.
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