Recently, a new book titled Review and Prospects: Thirty Years Research on the History of Chinese Missionary Universities was published by Religious Culture Publishing House.
The book was edited by Zhang Kaiyuan, Ma Min, and Pei Yili. At the end of the 1980s, Professor Zhang introduced the study of the history of Chinese Christian colleges to China from abroad. In 1989, the first International Symposium on the Thirty Years’ Research on the History of Christian Colleges in China was hosted in the Central China Normal University, known as Huazhong Normal University, which is a milestone in the field. In order to deepen the research, in 1994, Zhang was responsible for the establishment of the Center for Historical research on China Christian Colleges (renamed the Sino-Western Cultural Exchange Research Center in 2001). Since then, a large number of Chinese and foreign scholars have devoted themselves to this field. Over the years, the center has carried out academic research, cultural exchange, and personnel training, mainly characterized by research on the history of Christian universities and Christianity in China.
Ma Min reviewed the research process and trends in the history of Chinese Christian universities in the past 30 years. He believed that researchers should summarize the positive and negative aspects of teaching experience and lessons of church universities, and apply the essence of education to the construction of the contemporary university system to promote the modernization of China's higher education.
The book includes 29 chapters, such as “Integration of Chinese and Western Culture—The Enlightenment of the educational experience of Church Universities in China on Contemporary Education”, “Analysis of the Implementation Effect of Religious Education in Church Universities from the Perspective of Big Data— the University of Nanking as the Object of Investigation”, and "The Historical Status and Contemporary Influence of St. John's University in Shanghai".
- Translated by Abigail Wu