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International Symposium on Reform of Governance held

NOV . 24 2017
Peking University, November 17, 2017: The 5th International Academic Exchange Forum---International Symposium on “Reform of Governance: from Domestic and International Angle”, co-organized by Institute of State Governance Studies, Peking University (PKU), and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW), was held at University of New South Wales from November 9th to 10th, 2017. This is the fifth international academic exchange forum following the previous four times.


Shirley Scott, dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Jian Zhang, associate dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, extended warm welcome to scholars attending the conference and recognized the significance of the cooperation between two universities. Professor Shirley Scott pointed out that China and Australia had a long tradition of exchange and cooperation, and that the governance and reform of both countries had their own unique characteristics, making the comparison between each other valuable in theory and practice. Professor Jian Zhang stated in his welcome speech that two departments had already established systematic cooperation scheme and that scholars from both sides could share the most updated research findings on this platform. 

Professor Adrew Podger from Australian National University delivered a keynote speech themed at the reform of Australian political system. He started with the comparison of national conditions between Australia and China and then divided the reform of Australian political system into four phases. He also analyzed the process of the reform from different influencing aspects, including globalization, development of technology, migration, etc.  

Professor Jian Zhang made a speech with the theme of the reform of Chinese military system since President Xi Jinping came to power, and especially introduced the reform since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. He pointed out that China had made great achievements in military reform. And as military system is a key part of national governance system, military reform reflects the power and ability of the country’s governance to some degree. The reform also partially shows the change of international environment and the need of regional political security.

After the conference, scholars from Peking University were arranged to visit Australia's Parliament House and Australian War Memorial.

The two-day conference was crowned with complete success. This conference strengthens the academic exchange and cooperation between two departments and even between two universities. It also promotes a deeper understanding between China and Australia. 

Written by: Wu Chaochao
Edited by: Hu Rong