Huai Jinpeng
Huai in 2024
Minister of Education
Assumed office
20 August 2021
PremierLi Keqiang
Li Qiang
Preceded byChen Baosheng
Party Branch Secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology
In office
September 2017 – July 2021
ChairmanWan Gang
Preceded byShang Yong
Succeeded byZhang Yuzhuo
Deputy Communist Party Secretary of Tianjin
In office
December 2016 – September 2017
Communist Party SecretaryLi Hongzhong
Preceded byWang Dongfeng
Succeeded byYin Hejun
President of Beihang University
In office
May 2009 – March 2015
Preceded byLi Wei
Succeeded byXu Huibin
Personal details
Born (1962-12-20) 20 December 1962 (age 61)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
EducationBeihang University (PhD)
Harbin Institute of Technology (MS)
Jilin University (BS)
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese怀
Traditional Chinese

Huai Jinpeng (Chinese: 怀进鹏; born December 1962) is a Chinese computer scientist and politician. He is the current Minister of Education,[1] party secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Huai was born in Harbin but traces his ancestry to Jinan, Shandong province. He graduated from Jilin University of Industry (now merged into Jilin University) in 1984. He joined the Chinese Communist Party in January 1986, and began work in September 1987 after obtaining a computer science master's degree at the Harbin Institute of Technology. In November 1993, he earned a doctorate from Beihang University. He also attended Columbia University as a visiting scholar between 1995 and 1996.[2][3] In December 2000, he was named deputy party chief and vice president of Beihang University. In May 2009, he was promoted to president of the university, obtaining vice-minister level rank and was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.[4] In 2012, he was awarded the Legion of Honour by the French government for his outstanding contributions to education, science and technology development across China and France.[5]

In February 2015, Huai was named Deputy Minister of Information Technology. In December 2016, Huai was named deputy party chief of Tianjin. In September 2017, Huai was transferred to become party secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).[6]

On 20 August 2021, he was appointed Minister of Education.[7]

Huai is a deputy to the 12th National People's Congress and a member of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.[8]


  1. ^ "HUAI Jinpeng - Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China". Retrieved 2023-05-02.
  2. ^ "China names top computer scientist as head of education ministry". South China Morning Post. 2021-08-03. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  3. ^ "怀进鹏已任教育部党组书记,曾任中国科协党组书记、北航校长_工作". Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  4. ^ 中国科学院学部与院士·院士信息·信息技术科学部·怀进鹏 Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 怀进鹏院士被授予法国国家荣誉军团骑士勋章. Retrieved 2023-01-14.
  6. ^ 中共中央批准:怀进鹏任天津市委副书记. (in Chinese). Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  7. ^ Wu Xiaodong (武晓东) (20 August 2021). 怀进鹏任教育部部长!创了十八大以来的一个首例. sina (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  8. ^ 全国人大代表信息-怀进鹏. (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
Educational offices Preceded byLi Wei President of Beihang University 2009–2015 Succeeded byXu Huibin Party political offices Preceded byWang Dongfeng Deputy Party Secretary of Tianjin 2016–2017 Succeeded byYin Hejun Preceded byShang Yong Party Branch Secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology 2017–2021 Succeeded byZhang Yuzhuo Government offices Preceded byChen Baosheng Minister of Education of the People's Republic of China 2021- Incumbent