Chester co-hosts major conference in China.

Posted on 28th May 2013

The University of Chester is holding its first major conference in China, in conjunction with some of Asia’s leading universities.

Professor Harris speaking in China at the Beijing Forum in 2011.
Professor Harris speaking in China at the Beijing Forum in 2011.
It’s great for the University of Chester to be a sponsor of this major policy conference in Beijing, linking the aspirations of the UK and China together in a way to share best practice and ideas for the future of the young and old.
Professor Phil Harris

The event will be held at the Beijing Normal University and sponsored by the University of Chester, the Chinese government, the University of Hong Kong and Seoul National University in Korea.

It is the first international conference on public policy in China and will deal with improving and strengthening public services for the benefit of the Chinese citizen. Beijing Normal University has the leading government management department in China and this gathering of world experts will look at the ways in which China can even further respond to improving its economy and services for the benefit of its people.

The conference theme will be Public Policy; Theory Practice of Governance and will explore themes such as urbanisation; environmental governance; public sector reform and provisions of service; national competitiveness and Minsheng development – translated as ‘the People’s welfare/livelihood’.

Professor Phil Harris, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Westminster Chair of Marketing and Public Affairs at the University of Chester and Professor Tang Renwu from Beijing University are the conference chairs.

Speaking ahead of the event, Professor Harris said: “It’s great for the University of Chester to be a sponsor of this major policy conference in Beijing, linking the aspirations of the UK and China together in a way to share best practice and ideas for the future of the young and old.

“It is hoped that we will build a very strong relationship with our fellow researchers and policy makers in China.”