Established in 1957, the National Institute of Education Sciences (NIES) is a research arm of the Ministry of Education, the People's Republic of China, and the only national-level comprehensive education research institution in China. The predecessor of the NIES, the Education Research Division of the Central Research Institute was founded in 1941. For over 70 years since its original establishment, NIES has strived to contribute to education reform and development in China by advising policymaking process, advancing theoretical innovation and guiding local practices. Now the institute employs 253 staff, including 217 researchers and research associates, engaged in studies on education policy, basic education, curriculum and pedagogy, teacher development, education inspection and evaluation, physical, health and arts education, higher education, psychology and special education, etc.
The NIES hosts the Secretariat of the National Planning and Funding Office for Education Research that plans and administers all the national level educational research projects.
The NIES publishes four journals and one newspaper, among which, Education Research was regarded as the topnotch journal in the field of education research in China. The Educational Science Publishing House, known as “flagship education publisher” in China, is affiliated with the NIES.
In recent years, the NIES has developed partnership with seven areas located in the north, east, west, south and middle part of China, with which the NIES provide advisory and informative assistance for their education reform experimentation.