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September - October 2011
Hello and we hope this message finds you well! Attached you’ll find the latest e-newsletter of the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, bringing you the most up-to-date information on our school’s activities and developments.
October was a busy month for the department. The past month has seen our students attend field trips and guest lectures and participate in international conferences, all while still coping with new life at Tsinghua. The SPPM newsletter compiles the most noteworthy events from the whole month for your convenience. These two months’ issue includes:
? The Japanese Ambassador Mr. Uichiro’s Visit to SPPM
? The 3rd International Conference on Public Policy and Management
? Welcoming New Students
? The MID students’ visit to Tianjin
? The MID Students' Visit to Mentougou District
We hope you enjoy the newsletter!
Best wishes,
The School of Public Policy and Management


Japanese Ambassador Mr. Uichiro’s Visit to SPPM
In the afternoon of October 19th, Japanese Ambassador Mr. Niwa Uichiro paid a visit to the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua to deliver a speech on “The Future of the Chinese Economy and its Evolution”. Before the speech, Vice President Weihe Xie and Dean of the School Professor Lan Xue met with Ambassador Uichiro to discuss Sino-Japanese relations and issues regarding university education. Vice President Xie and Professor Xue accompanied the Ambassador to visit SPPM’s Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance (CIDEG). The research center is made possible by Toyota Company’s unconditional financial support.
In his speech, the Ambassador discussed Sino-Japanese relations, relaying that they are based on mutual trust and communication. Mr. Uichiro also remarked on Japan’s postwar economic development experience and data, and showed a comparative analysis of China’s economy during the same period. The Ambassador also expressed his personal views on China’s economic development in this time, and suggested that the Chinese government continue to strengthen personnel training and investment in education, which would better strengthen economic exchanges and cooperation with Japan. Mr. Uichiro went on to stress that China’s economic model is very special and is worthy of examination and study from the rest of the world. He also discussed the background of individuals, particularly the struggle of youth to express their own views and opinions, and conveyed a message to young individuals that if they want to accomplish their own ideals then they must be able to accomplish things that ordinary people are not able to do. He hopes that China-Japan relations can strengthen communication and exchanges with the public, eliminate misunderstanding, and build a base of mutual trust and reciprocity.
Following the speech Ambassador Uichiro answered questions from SPPM’s MPA students, Xinhua News Agency, “The Voice of China”, “Legal Evening News”, and a number of other media outlets.
For more information, please refer to the following links:
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Tsinghua hosts the 3rd International Conference on Public Policy and Management
On October 23rd, Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management partnered with The American Society for Public Administration to host the 3rd International Conference on Public Policy and Management. The event itself was a resounding success. Prof. Weihe Xie, Vice President of Tsinghua University, and Prof. Kuotsai Tom Liou, President-elected of the American Society for Public Administration, both gave speeches welcoming the attendees and introducing important topics.
The central theme of the forum was “Chinese government and governance: a century of exploration and practice”. The conference had a wide variety of topics, including public policy and local governance, crisis management, science and technology policy, land and housing policy, public service delivery mechanisms as well as many others which were fully discussed in 11 sub-forums. Participants came from all over the world, like the United States, Great Britain, France, Singapore, the Netherlands, and many others including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. In total around 50 participants attended these sub-forums and gave talks about their respective papers.
For more information, please refer to the following links:
/english/news/26efe4893348da6401336332ad24000c.html (English)
http://news.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/news/4205/2011/20111025113219607389790/20111025113219607389790_.html (中文)


SPPM Hails 2011 MID New Students
August 24th witnessed the new admission of nearly thirty students of 2011 Master of International Development (MID) Program of SPPM. Coming from five continents, sixteen countries totally, these MID students are the fifth group of foreign students SPPM receives, since the MID program has been founded in 2007.
With unified management, volunteers from the work of graduate students group of SPPM made well preparation for new students in the early morning. They provided a variety of materials and information, including maps of THU, schedules of the new semester, accommodation arrangements, and disks of SPPM introduction, to make new students acclimatize themselves to THU and live a happy life in SPPM.
Executive of MID program welcomed and served MID students specifically. Particularly, the Party Secretary of THU Hu Hepin gave warm greetings to some foreign students such as CHIMBILI from Angola and IEILICI from Italy. Hu Hepin had a cordial talk with them on several issues including their life and studies in China.
Prof.Hu Hepin gave highly praise to the orderly and precise organization SPPM carried out.
For more information, please refer to the following links:
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MID students visit Tianjin's Technologic and Economic Development Zone
In the last month, MID students have gone on two important day field trips to broaden their practical knowledge and give them a taste of real conditions in China.
On October 9th, 32 MID students led by Assistant Director Meng Bo and Professor Yu An visited the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Zone (also known as the TEDA) to participate in a visit and cooperative exchange.
At 10:30 in the morning, the students arrived at the TEDA’s Management Committee building. Under the guidance of Chief Du Peng (Culture, Education and Public Health Bureau of TEDA, Education Development Section) we visited the TEDA Development Achievement Exhibition hall, and witnessed the development of TEDA’s 3D video technology. Soon after, a group of TEDA’s Investment Promotion staff introduce the students to the company’s development history, status and objectives. Yang Shu, Deputy Director of TEDA’s Investment Promotion department, then had a friendly exchange with the students and participated in a brief Q&A.
“What I have seen today I consider the most interesting thing I have seen so far in China,” MID 2010’s American student Daiwei La proclaimed to a MID project officer.
The Public Policy and Management School’s Assistant Dean Meng Bo also said, “Social practices have been very useful in the MID students’ understanding of China’s international development. Through this practice, our students will carry a very intuitive and emotional understanding of the country’s development, which will be incredibly beneficial to their future academic studies”.
For more information, please refer to the following links:
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On October 30th, our school’s MID students and teachers, under the supervision of Professors Bo Meng and Ciqi Mei, visited Mentougou District for a day’s visit and study. The teachers and students visited the district’s historical and cultural “Spirit Water Village”, Miao Feng Town, the construction of new countryside model villages called “Cherry Vale Village” and “Austin reed ditch”. During that time, the Mentougou Committee Research Office’s Director Fujun Li met with MID students for an hour of discussion. Director Fu introduced the students to Mentougou’s extensive construction planning and development strategies in recent years. Fu told the students that coal mining used to be a pillar industry of Mentougou, but due to overmining many mining sites have been severely depleted. With the government seeking a more environmentally green approach to development, more that 270 coal mines in the area have been closed. This has led Mentougou to set up their own development strategy; first, to speed up the construction of a new city, namely a comprehensive service in the western Beijing district; second, to make the mountain area more livable and accessible, and third to preserve the mountain and its surrounding area. After showing the students around the area, Director Fu answered the MID students’ questions.
For more information, please refer to the following links:
/english/news/26efe4893348da6401336371b56f000d.html (English)
/xwzx/lbxw/26efe4893348da64013368a43b530010.html (中文)