The school is run by the Communist Youth League. It's on the grounds of the Central CYL School (中央团校), originally established in 1948. The China Youth University for Political Sciences was established as a supplementary school (with a size surpassing the CYL school) here in 1985. The name is a bit misleading--they don't have a political science department yet. That's on the way. They excel in social work and work with juveniles.
The University is small as Beijing universities go. A number of schools in the neighborhood here, such as the Nationalities University, People's University, Beijing University, and Beijing Foreign Studies University, dwarf it in size.
I am not taking classes here, but my institutional affiliation is here. I was introduced to a professor here, Meng Dengying,
I live in the foreign students' dorm. The other students in the dormatory are Koreans, Indonesians, and Japanese. I believe I am the only native English speaker on the campus. Right outside my dorm room they're building a new dorm. They work on it late into the night, maybe all night.
The workers, like most construction workers all over China, are mostly mingong--people from the countryside who have come into the city for work. I'll say a little more about mingong in a later post.
The construction work adds a layer of dust to the ambient dust. The windy season--the time of year when dust blows off of the desert into the city--is just winding down here. Everything outside gets very quickly, and sometimes there are huge gusts of wind that make it difficult to walk or throw a bit of grit into your face. The wind blows down the big signs put up around campus announcing the daily or weekly events.