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Royal Roads honours esteemed Chinese economist

May 24, 2011
Amy Dove

Classrooms at Royal Roads University are not governed by physical space or boundaries.

Students from around the world come together through online programs and residencies to share knowledge in a fast-paced global economy. Understanding that global economy, and particularly the economy of China, is what one of Royal Road's newest honorary degree recipients Prof. Fan, Gang knows best.

"Royal Roads is very pleased to recognize Prof. Fan Gang with an honorary doctor of laws degree for his instrumental role and leadership in China's economy," said Royal Roads President Allan Cahoon. "His work offers decision makers around the world insight into China's direction on the global economic stage. He has also made an outstanding contribution to furthering Canada-China business relationships and has a long-standing commitment to China's economic reform and strategic development."

The honorary degree will be presented at spring convocation June 16, and Prof. Fan will present a keynote speech June 17 in Vancouver. Hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade, he will discuss China's economic reform and globalization and its implications for Chinese and foreign businesses, in particular, the impact on small business in Western Canada. Among the many take-aways, he will explore what China's economic reform means for Sino-Canadian trade and investment relations.

The relationship between Prof. Fan and Royal Roads is the result of work by RRU Fellows Council member Jack Austin. "Providing connections such as these allow the university to stay responsive in a changing labour market," Cahoon said. "The opportunity to hear Prof. Fan speak is another facet of Royal Roads' strategy to prepare graduates for a global economy and marketplace."

Based in Beijing, Prof. Fan's current engagements include the roles of director of the National Economic Research Institute, chairman of the China Reform Foundation, president of the China Development Institute in Shenzhen, and professor of Economics at Peking University and the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

He consults to various departments of the Chinese Central government and provincial government, and among the long list of organizations he advises are the Monetary Policy Committee of the People's Bank of China, the Hong Kong Center for Monetary Policy, the World Bank, the Center for International Development at Harvard University, the UNDP, ESCAP and OECD. He has been a Fellow of the Chinese Economists Society (USA) since 1993, and a Fellow and Global Leader for Tomorrow of the World Economic Forum since 1995.

Prof. Fan has written more than 100 academic papers along with eight books on macroeconomics and the economics of transition. He holds a MA and PhD in Economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.