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School Overview & Development History


The MUC School of Education is a teaching and research unit. It is a key construction unit of the National "211 Project" and "985 Project" projects. Its predecessor was the Department of Education, which was established in the late 1970s. In 1991, the Higher Education Research Office and the Editorial Department of the National Education Research and the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology established the Institute of National Education. In September 2000, the Department of Education was established. In 2003, the Faculty of Education was established by the MUC Department of Education, the Institute of Minority Literature and Art, and the Department of Public Art.


The MUC School of Education has four teaching and research sections, including the Department of Education, Education, Psychology, and Art Education, the Library and the Comprehensive Laboratory of Educational Psychology, and the National "985 Project" Construction Project "China Ethnic Minority Education Research and Innovation Base" and "The Center for Multicultural Education of Minzu University of China, the National Minority Education Research Base of the National People's Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Secretariat of the Educational Anthropology Committee of the Chinese Anthropological Ethnology Research Institute. Professor Teng Xing is the chairperson of the board, and Professor Su De is the secretary-general.





Majors & Programs


The MUC School of Education has one undergraduate major (Education), and the master's degree in education is authorized as a first-level discipline. There are currently six academic master's programs (educational principles, curriculum, and teaching theory, comparative education, higher education, Chinese minority education, Chinese minority art), a master's degree in education (a total of 8 fields in the school, 3 in our school, respectively, education management, subject teaching language, subject teaching music) and 1 doctoral degree area of training.



Undergraduate Programs (4-Year Programs)


  • Pedagogy


Professional Master's Programs (2-Year Programs)

  • Education Management

  • Subject Teaching Language

  • Subject Teaching Music


Academic Master's Programs (3-Year Programs)

  • Educational principles

  • Curriculum and Teaching Theory

  • Comparative Education

  • Higher Education

  • Chinese Minority Education

  • Chinese Minority Art


Doctoral Programs (4-6 Year Programs)

  • Chinese Minority Education


In recent years, the MUC School of Education has undertaken one major national education fund education major, one national social science fund education key bidding project, and eight national social science fund education general projects, and a National Social Science Fund Education National Youth Project, 2 key projects of the Ministry of Education of the National Social Science Fund, 4 projects of the Ministry of Education of the National Social Science Fund, 2 major projects of the Humanities and a Social Science Key Research Base of the Ministry of Education, and 1 staff stemming from the New Century Excellent Talent Support Program of the Ministry of Education pertaining to the 5 UNESCO International Millennium Development Goals Promotion Fund projects and other international cooperation projects, plus the "985 Project" as well as the "211 Project" project, the Central United Front Work Department project, the National Civil Affairs Commission project and other provincial and ministerial level as well as school-level research projects. There are more than 60 research projects with research expenditures exceeding 13 million yuan.


School Focus, Beliefs & Development Objectives


The MUC School of Education features ethnic minority education research based on the disciplines of education, psychology, linguistics, and anthropology. It is dedicated to cultivating high-level minority education professionals with both innovative spirits and practical abilities to serve ethnic minorities and minority areas. During the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" period, the school will take make discipline construction the priority, and teacher cultivation the core. The school will focus on the development of postgraduate education and strive to build a high-level teaching and research school based on stabilizing the scale and ensuring the quality of undergraduate education. The MUC School of Education strives to earn the right offer first-tier doctoral degree coursework as well as the doctoral degree program itself in addition to an applied psychology degree during the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" period. The "Chinese Post Doctoral Education Station for Ethnic Minorities" was established around 2015. The school is also endeavoring to complete the construction of both a high-level "Basic Education Research Bases in China's Minority Areas" and "Bilingual Teacher Training Centers in China's Minority Areas."


The MUC School of Education actively promotes teaching reform. Hosted by Dong Yan, the "Educational Teaching Practice Ability Training System" project established by the MUC School of Education for 10 years of the undergraduate talent training experience was awarded the school-level as well as the Beijing education reform project resources; the Vice-Dean of the school, Su De's "Outstanding Teacher Education" achievements pertaining to national characteristics and serving the basic education in the ethnic areas, won the first prize of provincial excellent teaching achievements in 1996 and 2000 respectively; Su De has also been the Chief Editor "Education" and "School Education" edited by Su De since 1995. In 2000, it was awarded the "First Prize of Excellent Teaching Materials for National Colleges and Universities" and "Second Prize for Outstanding Teaching Materials of Colleges and Universities" by the Ministry of Education, the school also received the first prize for outstanding teaching materials for autonomous regions, and the "Excellent Teacher Award of Baosteel" in 2011; and received awards from Harbin Xiong and other organizations pertaining to "Research on the Development of Higher Education in China in the 21st Century" including the third prize of school-level teaching construction in 2004.


The MUC School of Education attaches great importance to the construction of the internship bases. It has successively established practical bases in Changchun Songhuajiang University, Beijing Yuyuantan Middle School, Beijing Huimin Middle School, Beijing Luhe Middle School, Beijing Tibet Middle School, Haidian District Taoyuan Yuying Primary School, Hebei Huanghua City Bohai Road Primary School, Gansu Province Second Middle School of Nanyugu Autonomous County, the Middle School of Jinghan City (Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province), the Middle School of the Yila Autonomous County (Inner Mongolia Xilin Gol League East), and the West Wuzhumuqi Banner. These are all officially established ethnic-national practical education internship bases.


 Our Talent


At present, there are 36 faculty members, including 32 full-time teachers and 4 administrative and counselor personnel. Among the full-time teachers, there are 10 professors and 7 associate professors, including 7 doctoral supervisors and 19 master's supervisors. The professional background of teachers covers fields such as education, psychology, ethnology, linguistics, and art. There are 418 students (including 160 undergraduates, 228 master's students, and 31 doctoral students). There is also a postdoctoral fellow.

  • 32 full-time teachers

  • 4 Administrative Counselors

  • 10 Professors

  • 7 Associate Professors

  • 7 Doctoral Degree Supervisors

  • 19 Master Degree Supervisors


Academic Exchanges and Cooperation at Home and Abroad


Teachers of school value international exchanges and have broad research horizons. In recent years, more than a dozen teachers have visited the University of Tokyo, the University of Toronto, the Queen's University of Canada, the Tokyo Metropolitan University of Japan, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Las Vegas. The school hired Professor Robert Rhodes to lecture the Faculty of Education of the MUC in 2010-2011 for a year. He invited the famous multicultural educator and the world's multicultural education researcher from Washington University, James Bank. Professor and former Chairman of the National Association for Educational Research and Professor of the School of Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Royce Weiss, former Chairman of the Institute of International Education, former Chairman of the World Association for Comparative Education, and Senior Advisor at the School of Education, University of Toronto, Canada Professor Dr. Vandra Mesman and more than 10 others are leading overseas scholars to conduct more than 50 lectures on "Overseas Scholars Academic Lectures." To cooperate substantively with domestic and foreign universities, the MUC School of Education has signed cooperation agreements with many universities, including Khakas University, Tokyo University, Mongolia National University of Education, Jeonju University, Tainan University, Taiwan Normal University, Guangxi Normal University, Inner Mongolia Normal University, Qinghai Normal University, Inner Mongolia University for Nationalities, Yunnan Minzu University, Guangxi Minzu University, Hubei Minzu University, South-Central Minzu University, and the Hulunbeier College, etc. The school teachers also participated in more than 20 international academic conferences and cooperated and exchanged with foreign researchers.


The MUC School of Education has published the "Introduction to Chinese Minority Education," "Introduction to Chinese Minority Bilingual Education", "General Theory of Ethnic Education", and "China Ethnic Minority Education Policy Research Series" and other foundational works regarding ethnic-national education with widespread influence. Since 2010, the school has published more than 100 papers in core journals at home and abroad. The research results have won 2 first prizes, 1 third prize, and 2nd prizes in the National University Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award program.


Examples of Internationally Active Scholars



Cui Lingling (崔玲玲), Mongolian Ethnicity  


Professor and Doctoral Advisor at MUC School of Education  

Ph.D. in Musicology






Cui Lingling (Harnold), is a Chinese-Mongolian with a Ph.D. in Musicology. She earned her degree from the China Central Conservatory of Music. Currently, she is working at MUC School of Education as a Professor and Doctoral Supervisor.


Research Interests & Activity

She has a long-standing interest in ethnic minority nationality music cultural development and history for which she has conducted numerous international field survey projects in republics throughout the Russian Federation, including the Republic of Tuva.


Key Projects


She is the Standing Director of the Chinese Minority Music Society. She is a Specially-appointed Doctor and Master Degree Thesis Anonymous Review Expert of the Ministry of Education; a specially-appointed "Identified Outstanding Folk Inheritors" Reviewer for the China Federation of Literary and Art Association of Folk Literature and she is a member of the expert group related to the Ministry of Culture's National Project "Chinese Folk Literature and Art Department". She is also a distinguished Expert of the National Folk Literature Development Center of the Ministry of Culture; a specially-appointed researcher of the National Major Project of the Institute of Music of the China Central Conservatory of Music; she was selected into the "New Century Excellent Talent Support Program" project of the Ministry of Education and awarded the title of "Excellent Master's Tutor" by the Ministry of Education.


Other than these accomplishments, she has presided over the completion of the social sciences national art science planning project, 2 humanities planning projects of the Ministry of Education; participated in the completion of the Social Sciences National Art Science Key Planning Project, the Social Sciences National Education Science Planning Project, the Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Sciences Key Planning Project, MUC Innovation projects and more. Moreover, she has served as an editorial board member of major projects pertaining to the National Publishing Fund, the "Encyclopedia of Chinese Mongolian Folk Songs", the "Encyclopedia of Chinese Music" and the "Encyclopedia of Mongolian Studies-Art Volume".


Representative Publications


She has published 6 textbook monographs and more than 40 papers. Among them, the monograph "Qinghai Taijiner Mongolian Life Etiquette and Music Research" won the second prize of the 10th Beijing Philosophy and Social Science Achievements contest, and the paper "Ancient Mongolian Feast Customs Related Music Research" won the second prize of the first national paper selection of the Chinese Minority Music Society. Her work continues to cover topics encompassing Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu, Heilongjiang, Jilin, and other provinces in China that are inhabited by Mongolian people. In addition to this, she looks at many areas outside of Mongolia, the Far East, Siberia, Kalmykia, and the Republic of Buryatia, the Republic of Tuva Republic, the Republic of Altai, and the Republic of Tatar for which she conducted extensive conduct fieldwork, academic research, and exchanges.




She offers about 10 courses to undergraduate, master and doctoral degree students. She has served as a research advisor for issues related to Chinese ethnic minority art, subject education (music), music master's degree students as well as Chinese ethnic minority music doctoral tutor.




Li Jian (李剑), Han Ethnicity  


Professor and Doctoral Advisor at MUC School of Education  







Li Jian is of the Han nationality and is a Doctor, Professor, and Master Student Advisor.

  • 1986-1990 Undergraduate in English

  • 1998-2001 Masters in Comparative Education

  • 2002-2005 Ph.D. in Comparative Education


Research Interests & Activity


Comparative Education (including Comparative Ethnic Education), Cognitive Anthropology, Teacher Education, Educational Aesthetics, Vocational Education, Creative Research, Image English, and Basic Chinese Studies.


Key Projects


  • Educational Assistance Project: Research on the improvement of the quality of workers in Yunnan's "Straight-through Ethnic": Minority Bilingual Education Research 2016 Main Participant Completed.

  • A qualitative study on improving students' academic achievement in ethnic minority areas through action research on teacher training. The National Social Science Foundation hosted the project in 2010-2015 and was awarded the "good" evaluation level.

  • Research on Comparative Ethni Education, MUC 2011-2016 Hosted and completed.


Representative Publications


  • Probing into the scientific quality of American Nobel Prize winners[J].Journal of Dalian University of Technology. 2014(4)

  • Differences between Chinese and Western University Mottos: Beyond Life and Binary Oppositions[J].Journal of National Academy of Educational Administration. 2013(12)

  • Inter-ethnic comparison of multiple intelligences and improvement of academic achievement[J]. National Education Research. 2013 (10)




  • "Comparative Education"

  • "Philosophy of Education"

  • "Philosophy of Science"

  • "Instructional Design"

  • "Creative Training"

  • "Specialized Foreign Language"

  • "Comparative National Education"



Xu Liying (许丽英), Han Ethnicity  

Professor at MUC School of Education  

Ph.D. in Education






Xu Liying is of the Han nationality and is currently a Professor at the MUC School of Education.

  • 1996-2007 - Northeast Normal University studied for undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

  • 2007-2009 - Lecturer, MUC School of Education

  • 2009-2014 - Associate Professor, MUC School of Education

  • 2015-present - Professor, MUC School of Education

  • 2016.8-2017.8 - Visiting scholar in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

  • Third Prize of the Fifth National Educational Scientific Research Outstanding Achievement Award

  • The 4th National Excellent Teacher Award for Master of Education

  • Second Prize of the Sixth Teacher Teaching Competition of Minzu University of China

  • The second prize of the "Joint School Education and Social Sciences Applied Research Paper Award Project" sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong


Research Interests & Activity


Basic education theory, ethnic education, and rural education.


Key Projects


  • Presided over the National Social Science Fund's 2019 General Educational Project "Research on the History, Experience, and Trends of Ethnic Education Development in the 70 Years since the Founding of New China" (BMA190029), in progress

  • Presided over the cooperation project "2018 National Education Public Opinion Research" (MJZXHZ18010) by the National Education Development Center of the Ministry of Education, completed.

  • Presided over the bidding project of the major special commissioned project of the National Social Science Fund "Investigation and Research on the Teaching Mode and Effectiveness of Tibetan Classes in the Mainland" (XZ1119), 2011, completed (excellent appraisal of the subject)


Representative Publications


She has published more than 20 academic papers in "Research on Educational Development", "Research on Foreign Education", "Journal of Chinese Education", "Research on Ethnic Education," and other magazines, and many of them have been reprinted by the National People's Congress. A few examples of publications follow:

  • Monograph "Investigation and Research on Teaching Mode and Effectiveness of Inland Tibet Class", Social Sciences Archives, 2014

  • Editor-in-Chief "Special Topics on Modern Educational Thought" (Second Edition), Northeast Normal University Press, 2006




  • "Principles of Education"

  • "Professional Essay Writing"

  • "Philosophy of Education"



School Slogan


"Cultivating high-level education professionals with an innovative spirit and practical ability."



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