May, 13th—2017, Dr. Xiong Jianhui, who is a fellow research at the Education Development and Research Center of MOE, visited CCS of GDUFS. The director of CCS—Prof. Tang Xiaosong hosted the meeting and all the research fellows attended the meeting. During the meeting, Prof. Tang introduced the CCS to Dr. Xiong briefly and discussed about the further development of CCS.
CCS is one of the 42 Cultivation Bases for Regional and National Studies. On December 2011, the center was approved by the Ministry of Education as the first group of Cultivation Base for Regional and National Studies. On June 18th 2012, Center for Canadian Studies, the Cultivation Base for Regional and National Studies of the Ministry of Education, was formally established. The main research areas in the center include: the studies of Canadian politics and foreign affairs, Canadian economy and trade, Canadian society and law, and Canadian culture and education, is currently the main research center studying Canada in China. CCS takes the country’s major strategic needs as its central task and the coordination of the basic theoretic research and practical strategy as its focus, trying to promote its scientific research achievements and international influence. Aiming at cultivating international personnel and strengthening the disciplinary construction, the reform and innovation of the scientific research systems and mechanisms, CCS has been striving to offer intellectual support for the national policy-making.
During the past five years since CCS was formally established, CCS has achieved a great deal in the stage of establishment. The annually-published Blue Book of Canada and the yearly-hosted international conference on Canadian studies are good evidence. While now, CCS has come to the crossing of transformation and update. Confined to the dilemma that so many institutes studying middle powers met with, how can CCS grow bigger and stronger yet retaining its characteristics?
Dr. Xiong offered some advises based on his own working and educational experiences: the first is to expand outlook and develop CCS with a global mind, focusing on all the aspects of Canadian society, including politics, economy, society and culture at the same time emphasizing the cultural exchange between Canada and China; the second is to widen the coordination between CCS and researching institutes and government and deepen the communication and cooperation with Canadian consulates in China; the last but not the least is to strengthen talent training on the basis of existing communication and exchanging with some foreign universities, establishing jointlypromotion program if necessary. Anyway, to solidify and enrich the content rather than get confined to the forms should be the focus in the stage of transformation and update to CCS currently.