Chinese support for collaboration in social sciences

3 December 2013

Wang Weiguang with Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence
Wang Weiguang with Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence

Wang Weiguang, President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, has welcomed proposals to extend the academy's links with the University of Sydney.

Visiting the University for meetings with the Vice-Chancellor and leading China scholars, Professor Wang said CASS would be open to the idea of a further five-year agreement on academic collaboration.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is the country's highest academic research organisation in the fields of philosophy and social sciences. Wang, a professor at the Central Party School and a member of China's powerful Central Committee, was appointed president earlier this year.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said: "CASS is a formidable institution with which we have had a strong relationship for the past decade.

"There is much to be gained from deepening our partnership in areas of research strength, particularly in those areas of the social sciences that relate to critical real-world issues such as food security, health and environmental sustainability."

Professor Wang also took part in a roundtable discussion with Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of Arts; Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the University's China Studies Centre; Dr Geoff Gallop, Director of the Graduate School of Government; Hans Hendrischke, Professor of Chinese Business and Management; Professor David Goodman, Academic Director of the China Studies Centre; and Professor Jeff Riegel, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures.

Topics included major issues facing China, such as how to deepen reform of the economic system and achieve a smooth transition from traditional agriculture to urbanisation.

Professor Wang also invited the University to participate in the annual Asia Development and Innovation Forum in 2014.

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