"New Liberal Arts" is a strategic action to actively respond to the new technological revolution and industrial change, a creative exploration to build a strong country in higher education, and a new direction for the reform of liberal arts education in the new era. In 2018, the concept of "new liberal arts" was officially proposed, and in 2019, 13 departments such as the Ministry of Education, the Central Political and Legal Commission, and the Ministry of Science and Technology jointly launched the "Six Excellences and One Top-notch" plan 2.0, at which a national new liberal arts construction working group was established, and Fan Liming, president of Shandong University, was appointed as the leader of the new liberal arts construction working group.
In order to thoroughly implement the spirit of the National Education Conference, implement the requirements of the Conference on Undergraduate Education in Chinese Colleges and Universities in the New Era, and actively respond to the work deployment of the Central Committee and the Ministry of Education to vigorously promote the construction of new liberal arts, Chinese universities have responded to and explored. As the originating university of modern higher education in China, Shandong University has a profound foundation and a strong literary history, and actively carries out theoretical and practical exploration. On October 30, 2020, the Ministry of Education replied that shandong university would be relied upon to establish a national new liberal arts education research center. On November 3, at the National Work Conference on the Construction of New Liberal Arts, Wu Yan, Director of the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, and Fan Liming, head of the New Liberal Arts Construction Working Group, jointly inaugurated the "National New Liberal Arts Education Research Center".
The National New Liberal Arts Education Research Center works under the guidance of the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, and mainly undertakes the functions of theoretical and policy research, project management, information services, and teacher training for the construction of new liberal arts. Relying on the existing foundation and resource advantages of Shandong University, the center actively responds to the new mission and new requirements of the innovative development of liberal arts education in the new era, unites relevant institutions and experts at home and abroad, bases itself on China, looks at the world, and faces the future, actively carries out the concept innovation, ideological innovation, model innovation and method innovation of new liberal arts education, and strives to build an open and shared cooperation and exchange platform and high-end think tank, support the continuous deepening of the construction of new liberal arts, and promote the comprehensive innovation and development of liberal arts education. Help build a socialist cultural power and enhance the soft power of national culture.