China Executive Leadership Academy Jinggangshan (CELAJ) is located in Jinggangshan, known as the “cradle of the Chinese revolution”. The construction of the campus started on June 20, 2003, completed at the end of 2004 and put into use in March 2005. The campus covers 44 acres, with a floor space of 60,000 square meters and a total accommodation capacity of 500 trainees. The main buildings include Trainee Dormitory No.1, Trainee Dormitory No.2, Trainee Dormitory No.3, library, Lecture building, Expert Apartment Building and complex building for logistics, all of which are fully-equipped.
The founding of CELAJ is a strategic decision of the Communist Party of China Central Committee (CPCCC) to advance the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the grand initiative for Party building of the CPC, and an important move to strengthen leadership education and to build high-quality leadership in China. CPCCC attaches great importance to the building and development of CELAJ. Xi Jinping visited CELAJ and made important instructions on the academy’s work in October 2008. Jiang Zemin inscribed the name for the academy when the construction of the campus started. Zeng Qinghong was in charge of the foundation of the academy. When CELAJ officially opened, Hu Jintao sent over a congratulatory message, placing high expectations on its development. Zeng Qinghong was in charge of the preparatory work of the academy and proposed explicit training requirements. He Guoqiang and Li Yuanchao repeatedly inspected the academy and made instructions on the academy’s work when they were the presidents of the academy. Chenxi, the current president of the academy, has made important instructions over the academy's work on multiple occasions. During its construction and development, the academy gained continuous support from ministries of the CPCCC, Jiangxi provincial committee of the CPC, Jiangxi provincial government as well as the local committee of the CPC and government.
CELAJ is a national-level training base conducting education in the field of CPC history, Party building theory, revolutionary tradition and basic national conditions for Party and government officials, enterprise managers, specialists and military officers. As required by CPCCC, CELAJ plays the role of building up itself into a base for revolutionary tradition education and basic national condition education for stimulating Party cadres to keep their revolutionary fervor; into a furnace for raising the overall quality and abilities of the leadership and into a window for international exchange and cooperation, by following the principles of seeking truth from facts, keeping pace with the times, maintaining the style of arduous struggle and exercising state power for the people. CELAJ is funded by the central government and supervised by the Organization Department of the CPCCC. Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee assists in management and the academy council is in charge of the daily activities. CELAJ has six departments with 27 divisions: General Office, Department of Teaching Affairs, Department of Training, Department of International Exchanges and Program Developing, Department of Teaching and Science Research, Department of Human Resources (Party Committee of the Institution).
CELAJ upholds the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, follows the guide of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, the Scientific Outlook on Development and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, fully implements the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress. Upholding the core status of General Secretary Xi Jinping in the CPC Central Committee and the entire Party, and upholding the authority of the CPC Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership, CELAJ enhances the "Four Consciousnesses", strengthens the "Four Confidences", sticks to the fundamental principal that the surname of the Party school must be the Communist Party of China, and the development path characterized by quality, opening up and characteristic. By making full use of the red resources in Jinggangshan and surrounding areas, CELAJ has formed a special and widely received short-term and thematic cadre training system --- centered on the education of Party spirit, Party conduct and Party discipline, and the site-visit as the main training mode combined with lecture, audio-video teaching, case study, interview, social practice and symposium. CELAJ endeavors to serve as the training base of the education of Party spirit, Party conduct and Party discipline, faith in communism, and morals for cadres, and to be a new-type cadre training academy with distinguishing feature in China, and considerable influence around the world.