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Party School of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party
Motto实事求是 (Shí shì qiú shì)
Motto in English
"Seek truth from facts"
TypeHigher education institution
Ministerial level agency
Established1933; 91 years ago (1933)
Parent institution
Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party
PresidentChen Xi
Vice-presidentXie Chuntao (executive)
100 Dayouzhuang Street
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40°0′21″N 116°16′21″E / 40.00583°N 116.27250°E / 40.00583; 116.27250
Websitewww.ccps.gov.cn Edit this at Wikidata
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese中共中央党校
Traditional Chinese中共中央黨校
Literal meaningChinese-Communist Central Party School

The Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party (Chinese: 中共中央党校), officially the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and commonly known as the Central Party School (中央党校), is the higher education institution which trains Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cadres.[1][2][3] It is located in Haidian, Beijing, close to the Old Summer Palace and Summer Palace.

The current president is Chen Xi, a member of the CCP Politburo.


The school was established as the CCP Central Committee's Marx School of Communism (simplified Chinese: 中共中央马克思共产主义学校; traditional Chinese: 中共中央馬克思共產主義學校; pinyin: Zhōnggòng Zhōngyāng Mǎkèsī Gòngchǎnzhǔyì Xuéxiào) in Ruijin, Jiangxi, in 1933. It folded when the Chinese Red Army left on the Long March and was revived once the CCP leadership had arrived and settled in Shaanxi, northwest China, in the winter of 1936. It was then renamed the Central Party School. The school was suspended in 1947 when the CCP retreated from Yan'an. It was re-opened in 1948 in a village in Pingshan County, Hebei, before being moved to Beijing after the CCP captured the city in 1949.[4]

In 1955, the school was re-organized so that it came directly under the jurisdiction of the CCP Central Committee.[5] The school was abolished in 1966 during the Cultural Revolution, before being duly restored in March 1977.[6] Since 1989, the school has been headed by the top-ranked Secretary of the Secretariat, who is concurrently a member of the Politburo Standing Committee. The day-to-day affairs of the school are in practice managed by the executive vice president, who is generally regarded to have the same ranking as a cabinet minister.[citation needed]

In November 2013, Liu Yunshan announced that the Central Party School would begin a training program on "General Secretary Xi Jinping's series of important remarks."[7]: 21–22  Within a year, 2,300 cadres had completed the program.[7]: 22  The program was part of the effort to begin formalizing Xi Jinping Thought.[7]: 21–22 

The school was merged with the National Academy of Governance in March 2018.[8] Its name is retained as part of the "one institution with two names" system.[citation needed]

The Central Party School provided US$40 million to build and operate the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School, which opened in February 2022 in Tanzania.[9][10] The school was jointly established with the support of the six ruling parties of Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.[11]


The Central Party School publishes the Study Times (学习时报; Xuéxí Shíbào), which provides an explanation of the relationships between the CCP Central Committee's directives and the underlying political theory and ideology.[12][13]


  1. Li Weihan (李维汉): 1933–1935
  2. Dong Biwu (董必武): 1935–1937
  3. Li Weihan (李维汉): 1937–1938
  4. Kang Sheng (康生): 1938–1939
  5. Deng Fa (邓发): 1939–1942
  6. Mao Zedong (毛泽东): 1942–1947
  7. Liu Shaoqi (刘少奇): 1948–1953
  8. Kai Feng (凯丰): 1953–1954
  9. Li Zhuoran (李卓然): 1954–1955
  10. Yang Xianzhen (杨献珍): 1955–1961
  11. Wang Congwu (王从吾): 1961–1963
  12. Lin Feng (林枫): 1963–1966
  13. Hua Guofeng (华国锋): 1977–1982
  14. Wang Zhen (王震): 1982–1987
  15. Gao Yang (高扬): 1987–1989
  16. Qiao Shi (乔石): 1989–1993
  17. Hu Jintao (胡锦涛): 1993–2002
  18. Zeng Qinghong (曾庆红): 2002–2007
  19. Xi Jinping (习近平): 2007–2013
  20. Liu Yunshan (刘云山): 2013–2017
  21. Chen Xi (陈希): 2017–present

See also


  1. ^ Liu, Alan P. L. (2009). "Rebirth and Secularization of the Central Party School in China". The China Journal. 62 (62): 105–125. doi:10.1086/tcj.62.20648116. S2CID 140813703. ProQuest 222740035.
  2. ^ Buckley, Chris; Bradsher, Keith (July 4, 2021). "'Red Cradles' Nurture China's Next Generation of Communist Leaders". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on July 29, 2022. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  3. ^ "Party Rules: China's Communist Party Goes for Quality Over Quantity". The Wall Street Journal. January 5, 2017. ISSN 0099-9660. Archived from the original on September 14, 2022. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  4. ^ Shambaugh, David (2008). "Training China's Political Elite: The Party School System". The China Quarterly. 196 (3057410): 827–824. doi:10.1017/S0305741008001148. S2CID 154609177. ProQuest 229490701.
  5. ^ Tian, Gang; Tsai, Wen-Hsuan (January 1, 2021). "Ideological Education and Practical Training at a County Party School: Shaping Local Governance in Contemporary China". The China Journal. 85: 1–25. doi:10.1086/711562. ISSN 1324-9347. S2CID 230594890.
  6. ^ Doyon, Jérôme; Keller, Franziska Barbara (November 2020). "Knowing the Wrong Cadre? Networks and Promotions in the Chinese Party-State". Political Studies. 68 (4): 1036–1053. doi:10.1177/0032321719888854. ISSN 0032-3217. S2CID 214083283. Archived from the original on April 15, 2022. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c Tsang, Steve; Cheung, Olivia (2024). The Political Thought of Xi Jinping. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780197689363.
  8. ^ "CPC releases plan on deepening reform of Party and state institutions". People's Daily. March 18, 2018. Archived from the original on February 5, 2021. Retrieved April 1, 2023.
  9. ^ Allen-Ebrahimian, Bethany (August 20, 2023). "In Tanzania, Beijing is running a training school for authoritarianism". Axios. Archived from the original on August 20, 2023. Retrieved August 20, 2023.
  10. ^ Nyabiage, Jevans (February 26, 2022). "China opens party school in Africa to teach its model to continent's officials". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on August 20, 2023. Retrieved August 20, 2023.
  11. ^ Chan, Raphael (August 29, 2022). "Political Training Under the Belt and Road Initiative: A Look at the Chinese Communist Party's First Party School in Africa". Foreign Policy Research Institute. Archived from the original on August 20, 2023. Retrieved August 20, 2023.
  12. ^ Lau Chung-Ming; Shen Jianfa (2000). China Review. Chinese University Press. p. xxxvi. ISBN 9789622019454. Archived from the original on July 27, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Timothy R. Heath (May 23, 2016). China's New Governing Party Paradigm: Political Renewal and the Pursuit of National Rejuvenation. Routledge. p. 217. ISBN 978-1-317-16711-2. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved December 26, 2017.