On Nov. 23, Professor Scott Rozelle, Director of Rural Education Action Program Center of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, visited University of Jinan.
UJN President Zhang Shiqiang extended his warm welcome and gave a snapshot of UJN to the visitor. Appreciating his research on and contribution to China’s rural economy and education, President Zhang offered Professor Rozelle a letter of appointment as visiting professor of University of Jinan. He hoped that this newly appointed professor would make a regular trip to UJN so as to promote the academic exchange and cooperation between two parties.
Professor Rozelle expressed his gratitude for UJN’s appointment. He said he had studied China’s rural areas and particularly underdeveloped rural economy and education for a long time; he promised that, going forward, he would work with UJN’s Institute of Higher Education to conduct research projects in an attempt to further level up China’s rural education.
After the meeting, Professor Rozelle, on behalf of Rural Education Action Program Center of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, signed the Agreement of Cooperation on Education Research with Institute of Higher Education, University of Jinan.
Professor Rozelle — senior fellow of Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University, expert of High-End Foreign Experts Project of China, Chairman of International Expert Panel of Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences — whose research fields cover agricultural resources and policy analysis and the economics of poverty, has published multiple papers in top journals such as Science, Nature, American Economic Review, and The Journal of Economic Literature. In 2007 he was granted China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award by the State Council of China, and in 2008 China Friendship Award by then Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, both of which are the highest honors foreigners can be given to in China.
The Rural Education Action Program, a research team consisting of Stanford University and Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, aims to offer intellectual support for decision-making in Chinese policy of education, health and nutrition, help students in China’s poverty-stricken areas receive quality education, and contribute to China’s sustainable economic growth.