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North Park University Hosts Visiting Professor from China

Dr. Ming Fang, right, is a visiting professor at North Park University this fall. He teaches economics at Anhui University of Finance and Economics (AUFE), Bengbu City, China.
Dr. Ming Fang, right, is a visiting professor at North Park University this fall. He teaches economics at Anhui University of Finance and Economics (AUFE), Bengbu City, China.

Dr. Ming Fang here as part of bilateral cooperation agreement

CHICAGO (September 30, 2010) — A Chinese economics professor is working with the North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management (SBNM) this fall, one aspect of bilateral cooperation agreements signed earlier this year by University leaders and leaders of five Chinese universities.

North Park University's agreements are with Beijing Union University (College of Arts and Sciences), Beijing; Jianwen University, Yantai; Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Bengbu City; Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou; and Leshan Normal University, Leshan. The agreements established cross-cultural learning and research opportunities for students and faculty of the universities. They also promote student and faculty exchange.

Dr. Ming Fang teaches in the School of International Economics and Trade at Anhui University of Finance and Economics (AUFE), Bengbu City, China. Fang has been in Chicago since April, visiting North Park University classes, meeting with faculty, and conducting research. He met with students, faculty, and staff Sept. 29 to present some findings in his research on the income gap between people in China who are wealthy and those on the other side of the economic spectrum.

That gap has grown considerably since China began experiencing significant economic growth in the late 1970s, he said. Similar income gaps exist between Chinese who live in urban areas versus rural, and those who live in eastern, coastal provinces versus those who live in western China. Fang also commented on "intergenerational mobility" — how income, education, and occupational status are transferred from parents to their children. Fang said there is a "low level of intergenerational income mobility in China."

This summer, Dr. Al Kamienski, SBNM associate professor of finance, spent four weeks at AUFE, where he taught macroeconomics. Dr. Wesley Lindahl, SBNM dean and Nils Axelson Professor of Nonprofit Management, taught a course in change management at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Next year, the University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management is leading a study-abroad experience for up to 16 students, alumni, and faculty to Hong Kong and Guangzhou in March. Participants will learn about business, nonprofit management, government, and education in China, as well as China's history, culture, and social customs. The group will visit corporate and nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and colleges and universities and will meet with leaders and representatives of each.

 


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