The Research Center was established in April 2010 as the only one strategic research base in southwest China under the Ministry of Education. It is an open soft-science research institute where the subject specialists carry out researches independently. The Research Center sticks to the director responsibility system under supervision of the Academic Committee and implements the matrix operation mechanism based on the research group responsibility system that highlights “openness, circulation, unification and competition”. There are more part-time researchers than full-time researchers. Their main mission is to carry out multi-level, systematical and comprehensive theoretical and policy-oriented researches as directly supervised by the Science and Technology Committee of the Ministry of Education in response to the need of national strategic research. Its ultimate purpose is to provide consultancy and research services for macro decision making by the government and regional economic development and become a thinking bank of the Ministry of Education for strategic decision-making consultancy.