General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Hu Jintao has urged Party schools at all levels to play more important roles in the Party and country's development.
Hu, also Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remark when he gave a keynote speech to a meeting attended by delegates of the Party schools across the country in Beijing on Monday.
In his speech, Hu stressed that to deal with various challenges and problems foreign and domestic, the Party and the government need a large number of officials who are capable, clean-handed and whom the people could trust.
"Party schools at all levels have an important responsibility in training and improving official's capabilities," Hu said in his speech. "Party committees at all levels should regard the Party school construction as one of the fundamental works."
Hu urged Party schools to adopt reforms and innovative policies in improving their qualities of education.
Party schools should act as a main channel for the Party to train officials on a large scale and increase their abilities to take both foreign and domestic situations into policy making, Hu said.
Party schools should also help the officials improve their abilities to govern the Party itself and resolve its internal problems, he added.
He said that Party schools should act as an important theoretical academy of the Communist Party.
Party schools are expected to provide theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics and make the theories understandable, acceptable and adoptable for the officials.
Innovation in socialism theories should be an essential job for the Party schools, Hu said in the speech, adding that the schools should also unite theories with practice and serve the Party and governments at all levels in decision making.
Another important role that the Party schools should play is imparting modern scientific knowledge, Hu said.
Party schools should cultivate officials with more loyalty to the Party, he said.
Xi Jinping, president of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee and also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, chaired the meeting. Senior leaders Li Changchun, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang also attended the meeting.