School of Mongolian Studies was founded as an institution of scientific research and cultivating advanced talents in Mongolian studies and related disciplines. School of Mongolian Studies evolved from Department of Mongolian Language and Literature established in 1957 when Inner Mongolia University was founded. In the same year, it began to enroll the undergraduates in the major of Mongolian Language and Literature. In 1962, it began to enroll postgraduates in the major of Mongolian Language and Literature. In 1984, it was entitled to offer doctorate degree of Chinese Minority Language and Literature (Mongolian language and literature). In 1988, Mongolian Language and Literature became a national key discipline, and, in 1995, “the State Training and Scientific Research Center for the Liberal Arts”. In the same year, Inner Mongolia University replaced the original departments with schools and colleges, and Department of Mongolian Language and Literature, Mongolian Research Institute, Mongolian History Institute, Institute for Modern History of Inner Mongolia, Mongolian Culture Institute and Mongolian Literature Institute jointly established School of Mongolian Studies. Subsequently, as a distinctive discipline in Inner Mongolia University, the discipline of Mongolian studies was identified as one of key disciplines of “211 Project”. In 2000, the discipline of Mongolian studies was approved as a Postdoctoral Research Station in Chinese Language and Literature. In 2005, Mongolian Language and Literature was awarded as a Brand Major at the regional level, and in 2008, a distinctive major at the national level. In 2009, School of Mongolian Studies became an national innovative experiment center for talents cultivating mode. In 2010, the teaching team for Mongolian literature series was rated as a national teaching team. In the following year, the teaching team for Mongolian language series was rated as a teaching team at the regional level. In 2011, School of Mongolian Studies was entitled to offer Doctoral Degree in Chinese language and literature.
Mongolian Language and Literature has formed a complete ethnic education and teaching system covering undergraduate education, postgraduate education and the post-doctoral mobile station, and its overall teaching and research level takes the lead among the similar majors across the country. The eminent Mongolian scholars, such as Chinggeltei, Choijinzhab, B. Burinbeki, Chen Naixiong, Bao Xiang, are the founders of the discipline. After implementing three phases of “211 Project” and “Project of Enhancing Comprehensive Strength of Colleges and Universities in the Central and Western Regions”, its overall teaching and scientific researches have been improved obviously, and the advantages of the discipline have been further enhanced. In recent years, the number of projects of various types and at different levels has increased year by year, including 4 major projects supported by the National Social Sciences Foundation, 1 key project, 1 major project of the Ministry of Education, and 1 major horizontal project supported by the government of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. There are 1 Excellent Course, 1 Excellent Video Course at the national level, and 5 Excellent Courses at the regional level.
In 1975, Mongolian Language and Literature began to enroll Mongolian-taught undergraduates for journalism. In 1986, the major of journalism for undergraduates was approved by the State Board of Education, and began to enroll undergraduates in 1998. In 1999, Department of Journalism and Publishing was established and offered two majors in Journalism, and Journalism and Publishing for undergraduates taught in Mongolian. In 2003, the major of Mongolian-taught Broadcasting and Hosting was offered and began to enroll undergraduates. In the same year, it was entitled to offer Master Degree in Journalism(Level 2), and School of Mongolian Studies began to enroll the Mongolian-taught postgraduates of Journalism. In 2008, the major of Mongolian-taught journalism for undergraduates was rated as a Brand Major in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. In 2010, School of Mongolian Studies was entitled to offer Master Degree of Journalism and Communication and began to enroll Mongolian-taught postgraduates. In 2012, the school began to enroll Mongolian-taught students for Master of Journalism and Communication.
There are 90 faculty numbers in School of Mongolian Studies, including 4 Party and administrative personnel, 84 teaching and researching personnel, and 2 teaching assistants. There are 24 professors, 21 associate professors, 39 lecturers, and 14 doctoral supervisors, 43 master supervisors, and 68 teachers with doctorate.
At present, there are 1,218 students, including 2 postdoctoral students, 54 doctoral students, 266 master students, 876 undergraduates and 22 international students.
Among the full-time teachers, there is 1 Distinguished Professor of the Changjiang Scholars Program of the Ministry of Education, 3 Teaching Celebrities, 1 Outstanding Master Supervisor at the regional level and 1 New Teaching Master at the regional level, and 1 expert of Discipline Assessment Panel of the Academic Degrees Commission of the State Council. There is also an expert of National Philosophical and Social Sciences Review Panel, and a member of the Advisory Board for Chinese Language and Literature Teaching. 2 teachers were selected in “Grassland Elite Project” of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and 1 teacher in “National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talent Project”, and 1 teacher were elected president of Mongolia Language Society in China. More than 30 teachers serve as president or vice president in international or national academic organizations.
The school has extensive academic co-operations and exchanges with universities and research institutions not only in China, but also in Mongolia, Japan, Korea, Russia, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Finland, the United States, Canada, Belgium, Singapore, Australia and other countries. Especially in the aspect of talent-cultivating, the school has established close relationship with foreign universities, such as the National University of Mongolia, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Nara Women’s University in Japan, Seoul National University and Dankook University in South Korea, Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Helsinki University in Finland, University of Cambridge, and Kalmyk State University in Russia, and has regularly sent students abroad for further study.