Academic journal article World Review of Political Economy

The Academic Career and Achievements of Xinghua Wei

Academic journal article World Review of Political Economy

The Academic Career and Achievements of Xinghua Wei

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Academic Career

Xinghua Wei was born in October 1925 in Wutai County of Shanxi Province, in north China. He entered the Tuo Yang higher primary school in the town of Dongye in the spring of 1937. However, he missed several years after the Japanese army occupied his hometown in the fall of 1938. In the fall of 1942, he entered middle school in the town of Dongzhi. But after a semester, he leftbecause of dissatisfaction with the enslavement of education by the Japanese puppet regime. To return to school, he went to Xi County in western Shanxi Province in 1943 and entered Jinshan middle school that fall. In 1946 he participated in underground revolutionary work at Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi, then moved secretly to Liberated Areas in 1947. He then joined the Communist Party of China through the Taiyuan Work Committee in the Taihang area. Though he was arrested and jailed, he kept the party's secret strictly confidential. After his release in June 1948, the party arranged for him to carry out revolutionary work in Beijing. He returned to the liberated areas in early November 1948, and entered Huabei University.

In 1950, a year after the Revolution, he transferred to the newly established Department of Economics of Renmin (People's) University of China; in August of the same year, he transferred to the Political Economy Department as a graduate student. After his graduation he was elected to teach at Renmin in 1952, and successively served as lecturer, associate professor, and professor.

In 1981, he became the deputy editor-in-chief of the journal Economic Theory and Economic Management. From 1983 to 1986, he was dean of the Department of Political Economy of Renmin University. He held posts as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Renmin University of China, deputy director of the Academic Committee of the University, member of the Academic Degree Committee and the presidency of the Theoretical Economics Chapter of the Academic Degree Committee. Currently he is an honorary first grand professor of the Renmin University of China and a doctorial tutor.

In addition, Xinghua Wei served as a member of the economics appraisal group of the State Council's degree committee, and as a member of the Chinese philosophy, social science and economic planning group. He also served as the vice-chairman of China research association on Das Kapital, and the chairman of the national comprehensive university research association on Das Kapital. His current appointments include Distinguished Professor of the Academy of Marxism of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Honorary Member of the CPC's China Institute of Literature Research, Member of Central Project Group of Research and Construction on Marxist Theory, Adviser to the Beijing-based Academic Research Center on Deng Xiaoping Theory, and Executive Director of the Industrial and Commercial Administrative Management Society. In addition, he holds concurrent posts as visiting professor at Nanjing University, Fujian Normal University and other universities, and as Honorary Dean of the School of Economics of the Jiangxi Finance and Economics University.

In 1991 he was named to receive the special government allowance for experts. He has also received many other important academic awards, for example the first and second Paper Awards of the Yefang Sun Prize, the Baosteel Education Fund Special Award for Excellence in Teaching, the first Beijing Philosophy and Social Science Outstanding Achievement Award, the Paper Award in memory of the Tenth Anniversary of the 3rd Session of the 11th Congress, the first prize for Outstanding Teaching Materials, issued by the State Education Commission, the second prize for Outstanding Achievements in Humanities and Social Sciences issued by the Ministry of Education, the first prize of the fourth China's Books Award, the second prize of the fifth China's Books Award, and more than 20 other national and provincial awards. In 1981 he was honored as a Beijing labor model. …

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