Faculty Visit China
Fran Berry, Jim Bowman, Ralph Brower, and Kaifeng went to Beijing the end of May, 2004, to attend the Second Sino-US International Conference for Public Administration, which was co-sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration and Chinese Public Administration Society. Each presented a paper and chaired a panel. Conference attendees came from China, United States, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, among others. The group met with the Dean of the School of Public Administration and Policy at Renmin University, the top social science university of China, and discussed potential cooperative programs. They also met the University Press and the editor agreed to publish Jim Bowman's new book, The Professional Edge, in a Chinese version (it is now translated and published).
After the conference, per the invitation of the Huzhong University of Since and Technology, the group visited the university in Wuhan. Jim and Ralph did one presentation for the faculty members and one for the graduate students of the School of Public Administration. Fran spoke on education reform, which was open to the public. Kaifeng presented on China's ethics reform, which was also open to the public. The four were invited to be Honorary (Guest) Professors and also signed a memorandum on potential cooperation.
Their final visit was to the capital city, Guilin, of the Guangxi Autonomous Region, where they met with government officials about a potential training program for state and local government employees. They were warmly received, and each of the three universities invited the Askew School faculty and students to participate in academic changes in the future.
Another faculty member, David Coursey, made a separate trip later in 2004 for an invited conference on strategic management and also presented several lectures acrosss the country at Chinese universities on information technology and e-government planning.
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