Introduction of Research Institute of Education Science
Education subject in Hunan University has a long history, and as early as 1929 which is the Provincial Hunan University period, the education department was established and the Collection of Education was published. After the founding of the People’s Republic, in 1949 Hunan University set up the School of Education. When the schools and departments were regularized in 1953, the education subject was separated from Hunan University. Until 1981 the research of education science was reinstated when the Research Laboratory of Higher Education was established, which was renamed as Research Institute of Higher Education in 1987, and then became the Research Institute of Education Science in 2006.
The institute started the program for granting master degree of higher education in 1998, which is one of earliest institutes granting such a kind of degree in Hunan Province. In 2003 the program for granting master degree of educational economy and management was started and in 2005 the first level discipline—education was authorized to offer master degree. In 2007 the institute started the program for granting professional master degree of education, which belongs to the first batch of units authorized to offer professional master degree of education among all the comprehensive universities. In 2013, the institute was officially authorized to offer doctor degree of the second level discipline—educational management.
The institute is an integrity of personnel cultivation, scientific research, consultation service and the publication of educational theory journal. The institute has set up a series of provincial level research centers, such as the Hunan Research Center for Education Evaluation and Hunan Research Center for Children Organization and Ideology Education. It is also one of the first batch of higher educational research bases in Hunan Province. The Hunan Higher Education Learned Society Secretariat is attached to our institute which is responsible for the routine work of the learned society. Currently, the institute has several second level disciplines which are educational principles, courses and teaching theory, higher education, educational economy and management. Researching characteristics and advantages in our institute have formed in the fields of education quality and assessment, effective teaching, teachers’ education, higher education management, universities’ hierarchy and orientation. The reference room in our institute owns 19657Chinese and foreign books about the fields of humanity and education and also 99 kinds of Chinese and foreign journals. The University Education Science which is edited by our institute belongs to source journal of CSSCI and Chinese core journal.
The institute started to enroll master students in 1999 and now it has 204 master students. Among all these students, 39 students working on first level discipline—education, 45 students working on second level discipline—educational economy and management, and 115 professional master students working on education (education management). Now the institute has 14 full-time teachers, 3 editors and 4 administrative personnel and students’ counsellors. All the full-time teachers have doctor degrees and 50% of which have the experience of studying abroad for at least one year. Besides, the institute also has more than 20 part-time teachers in and outside the university.
Currently, the institute makes endeavors to explore the new model for the development of education subject in comprehensive universities depending on the profound cultural deposits and subject advantages of Hunan University which enjoys a prestigious reputation as a millenary school and a university with a hundred years. In the later period, the institute will regard “services for universities” as an objective, “personnel cultivation quality” as a core task and “unity of teams, features establishment, capability elevation” as key elements. The institute will strengthen the inside capability and set up good images outside; improve the personnel cultivation quality, research capability and consultation service ability comprehensively. Finally, we are trying to make our institute become a characteristic, high level and open-ended research institute.