Top Platform for Research and Shining Stage for Talents
Institute of Southwest Minority Research (ISMR) is known for its time-honored academic and cultural traditions.
ISMR was founded in June 2002 with the mission of “serving ethnic minorities, minority areas and national development strategies”. In the past decade, under the leadership of the Party Committee and administrative organizations of Southwest University for Nationalities (SWUN), it has grown into a distinctive and influential base as well as a think tank for scientific research, talent training, social service, and cultural tradition and innovation.
Centering on the primary discipline of ethnonymics, ISMR has established an academic team as its backbone. Among a teaching staff of 80 individuals, 26 hold senior professional titles and 32 hold doctorates. In addition, five experts are entitled to Special Government Allowances of the State Council, one is recognized as the Leading Talent by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, two are recognized as Experts with Outstanding Contributions by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, seven are recognized as Experts with Outstanding Contributions by Sichuan Province, three are included in the Outstanding Talent Plan of the New Century by the Ministry of Education, eight are recognized as Academic and Technical Leaders of Sichuan Province, and four are Reserve Candidates for Academic and Technical Leaders of Sichuan Province. Currently, two academic innovative teams at the university level, namely the Tibetology Research Academic Innovation Team and Yiology Research Academic Innovation have been built under the leadership of Sichuan’s Education Department, and 10 academic innovative teams at the school level have been established.
To date, the Institute has built the 2011 Collaborative Innovation Center of Sichuan Province, four key research bases in humanities and social sciences at the provincial and ministerial levels, eight research bases at the provincial and ministerial levels, two institutes at the provincial level, and a number of institutes at the university level. With one post-doctoral center for ethnonymics research, it offers one primary discipline doctoral program, seven secondary discipline doctoral programs for ethnonymics, and one primary discipline master’s degree program, and 10 secondary discipline master’s programs for ethnonymics. Under ethnonymics, which is the key primary discipline approved by Sichuan Province and the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the Institute developed five key secondary disciplines approved by Sichuan Province, namely, ethnonymics, Marxist ethnic theory and policies, economics of Chinese ethnic groups, history of Chinese ethnic groups, and science of religion. It also has one key lab of Sichuan Province – the Ethnic Language Information Processing Lab.