Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party

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Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party
TypeChinese Communist Party party school
PresidentChen Xi
Vice-presidentHe Yiting (executive)

40°00′25″N 116°16′49″E / 40.007007°N 116.280241°E / 40.007007; 116.280241Coordinates: 40°00′25″N 116°16′49″E / 40.007007°N 116.280241°E / 40.007007; 116.280241
CampusUrban: 100 Dayouzhuang Street, Haidian district
AffiliationsCentral Committee of the Chinese Communist Party
CPC Central Party School
Simplified Chinese中共中央党校
Traditional Chinese中共中央黨校
Literal meaningChinese-Communist Central Party School

The Party School of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, also known as the Central Party School, is the higher education institution which specifically trains cadres of the Chinese Communist Party.[1] As of 2012, it has around 1,600 students. The current president is Chen Xi, a member of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party.


The Party 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 Red Army left on the Long March and was revived again 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 province, before being moved to Beijing after the Communists captured the city in 1949.[2]

In 1955 the school was re-organized so that it came directly under the jurisdiction of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. Then in 1966 the school was abolished during the Cultural Revolution, before being duly restored in 1977. 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. In practice the day-to-day affairs of the school is managed by the executive vice president, who is generally regarded to have the same ranking as a cabinet minister.

The school is, as of 2012, allowed to grant master's degrees in 14 subject areas and doctorate degrees in eight subject areas.


The location of the school is now in Haidian district, Beijing close to the Old Summer Palace and Summer Palace.


The Central Party School publishes the Study Times (学习时报Xuéxí Shíbào), which provides an explanation of the relationships between the Central Committee's directives and the underlying political theory.[3][4][5]


  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: 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–


In June 2020, Cai Xia, a retired professor of the Central Party School, criticized Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the CCP. In a 20-minute audio on China social networking sites, she called Xi a "mafia boss" and the ruling Communist Party a "political zombie”. She said that everyone is Xi's slave, and there is no human rights and rule of law. She suggested that Xi should retire. [6] On August 17, 2020, Cai was expelled from the Central Party School and her retirement pension was cancelled.[7]

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  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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Blanchard, Ben (December 24, 2017). Birsel, Robert (ed.). "China has 'overwhelming advantage' in bringing Taiwan to heel, official says". Reuters.
  4. ^ Lau Chung-Ming; Shen Jianfa (2000). China Review. Chinese University Press. p. xxxvi. ISBN 9789622019454.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 安德烈 (June 4, 2020). "前中共中央党校教授蔡霞:换人 中国才有希望". RFI. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "The CCP's Central Party School (College of National Administration) severely dealt with the serious violation of discipline by retired teacher Cai Xia". CCP’s Central Party School (College of National Administration). Archived from the original on August 17, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

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