On December 26, the unveiling ceremony of the Chinese Evaluation Center for Humanities and Social Sciences took place in Beijing. CASS President Wang Weiguang, Vice Presidents Zhao Shengxuan and Zhang Jiang and Secretary-general Gao Xiang attended the ceremony. Wang Weiguang and Zhao Shengxuan unveiled for the center. Wang Weiguang delivered an important speech. Gao Xiang chaired the ceremony.
Wang Weiguang first expressed his congratulations to the establishment of the center. He iterated that the center needs to launch a series of new flagships. These flagships include evaluation of national philosophy and social sciences; evaluation of academic achievements under CASS’s Innovation Project; evaluation and ranking of think tanks in the world; evaluation of the development of philosophy and the social sciences; evaluation and ranking of outstanding academic dissertations in philosophy and the social sciences and evaluation and ranking of books in philosophy and the social sciences.
In order to have excellent flagships, Wang emphasized that disciplinary construction should be strengthened, especially bibliometrics. The center’s staff must be both socialist-minded and professionally competent. Academic research needs to be done well, laying a good foundation. It is necessary to establish an evaluation system that is objective and impartial, moving in the correct political direction and academic orientation.
Gao Xiang stressed that academic research is a matter of all times, and that academic evaluation is significant for all generations. To run the evaluation center well, it is first of all necessary to move in the correct political direction and to uphold the guiding role of Marxism. Second, it is necessary to study carefully Marxism and theories of Socialism with Chinese characteristics, adhering to the correct academic direction and evaluation orientation. Third, we need to be aware of the cutting-edge topics in philosophy and the social sciences, and have a broad and solid academic foundation and purview. In addition, both quantitative and qualitative analysis should be applied and evaluation must be taken seriously, establishing a truly scientific system of evaluation indexes that are accepted by the majority of the scholarship. Moreover, impartiality and integrity are especially important for our evaluation. Our evaluation must be able to stand the test of the academia and time.
Directly attached to CASS, the Chinese Evaluation Center for Humanities and Social Sciences is constructed and managed jointly by CASS’s Social Sciences in China Press and CASS’s library. The center is committed to constructing an authoritative evaluation system for Chinese social sciences and guiding China’s academic research in the right direction; establishing a platform for international academic exchange and participating in global academic standard-setting and grasping the discourse power in academic evaluation.
The center’s missions include: from 2013, the Center will have annual analysis and evaluation of and offer reports on the achievements of CASS’s Innovation Project and journals of philosophy and the social sciences; from 2014, it will launch “National Social Science Evaluation Forum” annually and release a series of “Annual Report on Comprehensive Evaluation of Chinese Social Sciences”. The center will also release an annual Evaluation and Ranking of Global Think Tanks from 2015.
Attendees to the ceremony also included those in charge of some related branches of CASS.