Professor Cheng Wei, President of Liaoning University, China, was awarded an Honorary Degree by Victoria University on Wednesday 14 October 2009. He was admitted to the degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa in recognition of his leadership in international economics and his outstanding commitment to preparing students for an increasingly globalised world where borders blur and ideas and people circulate freely.
At the ceremony Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Harman said that Victoria University was proud to honour Professor Cheng Wei for his commitment to trans-national education and for his outstanding efforts in building bridges between the people of China and Australia.
Professor Cheng has long recognised that education was a key part of globalisation and of the accelerating exchange of ideas, people and products across national borders.
In 1999, he established the Asia Australia Business College at Liaoning University in Shenyang China. Victoria University is a major partner of the college, delivering a range of programs in English language and business.
Professor Harman said: “It is a reflection of the development of trans-national education that teaching at the College is shared by the two universities. The curriculum and textbooks are provided by Victoria University, and students have a choice of completing their studies in Australia or China.”
“Each year 3000 students study in these programs either in Shenyang or at Victoria University in Melbourne.”
“The College now accounts for the largest group of international enrolments at Victoria University – more than 750 Chinese men and women at any one time, making them true ambassadors for trans-national education.”
Professor Cheng is a product of a trans-national education himself. He received his doctorate in economics in Russia, and oriented his research towards the study of transitional economies around the world.
He is now recognised as a leading expert on the economies of Russia, Eastern Europe and China. He has made significant academic contributions to the rejuvenation of China’s former industrial base centred around the country’s north-east, and his research has been recognised at the highest levels in China as a key part of the region’s five-year development plan.
Professor Cheng is also President of Liaoning University, an institute acknowledged as one of China’s key universities. Since it was founded in 1958, Liaoning University has forged research links and cooperative relationships with 50 universities in more than 20 countries.
Under Professor Cheng’s presidency, Liaoning University now has the greatest number of international students among all universities in northeast China.
Professor Cheng holds senior positions in many academic associations including Vice-President of the Chinese World Economy Academic Association and Vice-Director of International Politics Research Association of Chinese Universities. He is a member of the consultant committees of Liaoning Province and the Shenyang Municipal Government and has chaired more than 20 projects at national and provincial level.
Photos of Professor Cheng Wei will be available on request after the ceremony
Andy Gash, A/Media Manager
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