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St Edmund Hall agrees Visiting Fellow programme with the National School of Development in Peking University

Monday, 13 April 2015

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Professor Xiaobo Zhang
Professor Xiaobo Zhang, of the School of National Development at Peking University

St Edmund Hall has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National School of Development (NSD) in Peking University and the Oxford Chinese Economy Programme (OXCEP), in order to promote academic exchange.

The agreement sets up a Visiting Fellow programme, which will enable St Edmund Hall and NSD to periodically invite a distinguished scholar (in various academic disciplines) from each other’s institution to take up a Visiting Fellowship. The Visiting Fellows will spend between three and twelve months at the partner institution, to pursue their research and work towards publication. They will also organise a one-day forum with invited speakers at their host institution, open to students and faculty members.

Next year, St Edmund Hall looks forward to welcoming the first such Visiting Fellow, the leading Chinese Economist Professor Xiaobo Zhang. He will join the College community from March to August 2016.

Professor Zhang, a senior professor in the School of National Development at Peking University, is one of China's best and most original economists and has an international reputation. He also holds a part-time appointment at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC, where he has been a Fellow for several years.

He will spend his time in Oxford working to complete research on a book on industrial clustering by location (a powerful phenomenon in China) by examining the same phenomenon in early British industrialisation. During his visit he also plans to organise a workshop on industrial clustering, bringing together top researchers on the subject.

Professor Zhang’s Visiting Fellowship has been made possible through St Edmund Hall’s partnership with the Oxford Chinese Economy Programme (OXCEP), who already run regular forums, workshops and lectures at the Hall, and we are very grateful to Dr Frank Hwang, Chairman of OXCEP, for his support. As part of the memorandum of understanding, OXCEP have agreed to fund an OXCEP St Edmund Hall Visiting Fellowship, for Visiting Fellows in Economics, or closely related disciplines.