Four projects of SCNU have stood out for approval and received funding from the National Social Science Foundation of China (NSSFC), according to the list for 2020 NSSFC major approved projects, which was released by the national office on 3 December.

The number of projects approved ranks 17th among universities nationwide, 3rd among national teacher training colleges and 2nd among universities in Guangdong province.

ae6f941df0f8b3353c9b0348e258b34.pngList of approved major projects of 2020 National Social Science Foundation

Among the funded projects, some are focusing on China’s major national strategies, like thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics and development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. “The research on the methodology of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, led by Professor Guan Feng of the School of Marxism, aims at analyzing the essence of Xi’s “new era” thought and improving the understanding and acceptance of this important thought, while “The research on innovation of the governance system of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay”, conducted by Professor Yang Aiping of the School of Politics and Public Administration, aims to establish the academic ideology and theory of governance system in this cross-border urban agglomeration, develop relevant disciplines and innovate the modes for governance in the Greater Bay Area.

The other two involve the study of specific fields, such as brain research and the study of Chinese ancient characters. Professor Weng Xuchu of the Institute for Brain Research and Rehabilitation, specializes in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and leads the project “Multidisciplinary collaborative research on multi-modal communication barriers in Chinese Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)”, which modifies the theoretical model of autistic communication barriers through multi-disciplines cooperation. The approved project “Dictionary of inscriptions on bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties (about 1600 BCE-256 BCE)”, centering on ancient Chinese characters, is managed by Professor Zhang Guiguang of the School of History & Culture, with the aim of a comprehensive collection and interpretation of bronze inscriptions from the Shang and Zhou dynasties.

The major projects supported by the National Social Science Foundation are projects in the humanities and social sciences in China at the highest level, with the largest funding, the most intense competition, and the highest authority, also known as the crucial index of high-level universities’ development.

SCNU has always attached great importance to the innovation of liberal arts, achieving ever more progress in recent years. This year, twenty-five projects of SCNU have been approved receiving a total of 6.15 million worth of funding from the NSSFC. With joint efforts of SCNU departments, faculty, researchers and students, the projects approved by the NSSFC during the acceptance period, centralized application has risen from 24 projects in 2017 and 29 in 2018, to 36 projects by 2019, in line with the ambitious development of a high-level university.

Source from Office of Humanities & Social Sciences

Written by Xu Wenting, Lin Qi

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Li Jianru


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