|May 31,2018--On May 23, 1951, the Central People’s Government and the local Tibetan government signed the “Agreement on the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” in Beijing, which launched a new era in Tibet’s historical development and also opened a new era for the development of Tibetan studies in contemporary China.
Recently, An Qiyi, secretary of the Party Committee of the China Tibetology Research Center, said, “China has created a relatively complete research and academic system for Tibetan studies, which includes more than 5,000 scholars and researchers who have attained remarkable academic achievements. Tibetology research has become a shining jewel in China’s comprehensive academic research.”
More than 100 Tibetology institutions
The China Tibetology Qomolangma Award is the highest award in the Tibetology field in China. The award is jointly reviewed by the country’s Tibetology community and has been given out four times.
“China is the hometown of Tibetan studies, and Tibetology research has a long history in China,” An Qiyi said. “Since the founding of New China and especially since Reform and Opening up, a group of Tibetology research institutions, teaching institutions, publishing agencies, exhibition institutions, and various cultural institutions have been established. According to incomplete statistics, China has more than 100 Tibetology institutions and dozens of Tibetology academic groups.”
Since the 1950s, the Central University for Nationalities(now called Minzu University of China) and other ethnic colleges have successively set up Tibetan studies programs and enrolled and trained undergraduates in this field. In the middle and late 1980s, colleges began enrolling students in postgraduate and doctoral programs. In 1998, Tibet University enrolled students for master program for the first time, and in 2013, Tibet University began conferring doctoral degrees.