The School of Public Policy and Administration was established in 2004. The school dean is professor Jiang Zhenghua, the famous Chinese population economist and vice chairman of the ninth and tenth NPC executive committee. The school has 47 outstanding faculty, comprising 36 professors and associate professors, 1 “Changjiang Scholar” distinguished professor, 1 “Ten Thousand Talents Project” Philosophy and Social Sciences Leadership faculty, 6 MOE “New Century Outstanding Talents Project” faculty, 2 Xi’an Jiaotong University “Tengfei Talents” distinguished professors, and 1 MOE “Changjiang Scholar and Innovative Team Development Project” team. The school consists of executive administration department, social security department, population and development institute, health management and policy studies institute, science and technology policy and management institute, higher education institute, Eurasian Studies Institute, real estate Institute, performances management research center, social security and actuary research center, public administration and complexity science research center, gender and development research center, and aging and health research center etc. The school also sets up a Master of Public Administration (MPA) center and a senior civil servants training center.
The school offers first-class PhD and master degrees in public administration and is on the first batch of institutions with Master of Public Administration programs. The school also delivers first-class master degree in education. The school commits itself to educating quality talents in public administration while upholding the principles of pursuing all-round learning and serving the public community. The school boasts an integrated and well-structured education system, encompassing undergraduate, master, PhD and post doctoral programs in public administration and linking the full-time academic degree education with the part-time professional degree education. Currently, the school has graduated 80 doctoral students, 388 masters in executive management, social security, social medicine and public health management, land resources management, higher education, and library science etc, 1017 MPA students, and 222 MPA dual certificate students. The school also enrolls and educates undergraduates in first-class public administration programs.
The school aligns itself with the Chinese issues, international vision and outreach to local community, and values the link of academia with social applications by catering to social and national needs,. In recent years, the school has undertaken 47 national grant projects, including 4 National Social Science Grant key programs, 2 MOE Philosophy and Social Sciences key programs, 5 National Social Science Grant major programs, 1 Ministry of Science and Technology “Eleventh Five-Year Plan” key scientific and technological support program, 20 National Natural Science Grant programs, 17 National Social Science Grant programs, and 70 provincial and ministerial grant programs. The school has also conducted 17 international grant and collaboration projects. The school earns recognitions from the local and central leadership thanks to its researches in different fields and produces positive results in public administration. The studies on gender imbalance and social sustainable development generate broad impact in the Chinese public administration community and attract attention from international media such as Science. The research findings have been published and reported by PNAS and Science. The school obtains 22 provincial and ministerial awards, including 1 first award, and 10 second awards. In 2011, the school gained the Fudan Award for Outstanding Contribution to Management.
The school dedicates to building high-level international collaboration and research platform. With the funding from XJTU “Excellent Team Support Plan”, the school establishes long-term academic link and dialogue with internationally reputable scientists in different disciplines and fields. The school sustains pragmatic collaboration and exchanges with Stanford University, Harvard University, Yale University, University of Victoria, and Kyoto University etc. The school is also funded by UN Population Fund, UNICEF, Food and Agriculture Organization of UN, WHO, NIH Fund, NIA Fund, Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation etc to engage social affairs and public administration studies.
The school creates the first public policy social experiment platform in China and fosters integrated experiment system and academic sphere, which comprises 6 platforms, i.e., public policy and administration database, social practice base, policy experiment base, government collaboration platform, talent education platform, and international collaboration platform etc. The school dedicates to building itself into a top-notched international research school in China and educating quality talents in public administration and policy studies for Chinese social development in an effort to contribute to the public administration discipline and community in China.