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Look back on my academic visit this year

November 2, 2017
Cheng Hong

The whole year of academic communication has come to an end. This year's visit, rather than to improve scientific research experience or broadening horizon, is to firstly establish the cooperative mechanism with Stanford University and accelerate the pace of IQDS internationalization which is aligned with the goal of Double First of Wuhan University, secondly study the economic development model of the Silicon Valley, the innovative center in the United States.


The road to cooperation this year has been very difficult. Because international cooperation requires mutual benefit rather than unilateral learning. Objectively speaking, there is still a big gap between IQDS and Stanford University, and it is very difficult to establish a truly mutually beneficial cooperative relationship. However, our core resources - CEES data, we have made this come true.


The main reason why we can establish cooperative relationship with Stanford University lies on the fact that we come from China and own valuable data obtained in economic field. CEES data is the richest data with high quality. It reflects many important issue in Chinese economic transformation and development, which has great value for scholars of United States to understand China. So, when we presented the CEES report and Video to scholars of Stanford University, we got their unanimous agreement to build up corporative relationship.


Specifically, we have completed the following work during this year's visit to the Stanford University:


1. Established cooperative mechanism with Stanford University.

At present, we are working on series of topic research based on CEES data, with Professor Li Hongbin, Professor Takeo Hoshi, Professor Prashant Loyalka and many other outstanding scholars from Stanford University. Some of the research outcomes have already been applied. These studies focus on how the Chinese enterprises cope with rising labor costs, Chinese relates to economic development in a number of areas of research, China enterprise innovation, state-owned enterprises production efficiency and other issues and have generated many interesting findings.

As time goes on, our cooperation will become a normal standard, which will provide valuable experience for the internationalization of our academic papers.


2. Brought in advanced research method

As international academic center, Stanford University stays many internationally-renowned experts, with whom we can conduct face-to-face communication, which in turn brings us most advanced research methods. Just few days before I came back, I have conducted discussion on questionnaire design with Professor Matilde Bombardini from Economic School of University of British Columbia, Scholar Jia Ruixue, the specialist on Chinese Issue of University of California at San Diego, Professor Cohen from Apple Corp and many other famous scholars.


With the resource Stanford University provide us, we can then get known of the right ways to design questionnaire, refine the research topics, and develop students’ academic capability.


3, Built up widespread cooperative relationship

On October 25, we signed cooperation agreement with China Study Center of Stanford University officially. We also established normalized cooperative mechanism with Professor Li Hongbin and his Research Center of Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University. Based on the cooperative relationship, many students and teachers are being sent abroad to do academic research.


In addition, we have actively promoted the internationalization of CEES data, and attracted the attention of outstanding enterprises in the world.


I am very happy that we can make such great achievement during my visit this year. All this achievements to own to the spirit of Think like a Scientist and Work like a migrant worker. Following this, we can then have advanced academic mindset, stay in line with the top academic organizations and work in a down-to-earth manner, cherish every minutes to improve ourselves.


For IQDS, it is only a start. In the future, we need to make good use of these mechanisms, and produce greater academic achievements to serve the strategic objective of Double Fist of Wuhan University.