FocusTsinghua SPPM hosts 2020 Global Advisory Board Meeting

The 2020 Global Advisory Board Meeting of Tsinghua’s School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) was held on November 7.

The meeting, held combining both online and offline channels under the theme “Challenges of Global Governance and Cultivation of Public Management Talents,” brought together 25 advisory board members from China and abroad to assess gaps exposed by the covid crisis in global governance, exchange ideas to strengthen it in the post-Covid world, and set priorities for the further development of the school accordingly.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the opening ceremony of the meeting, and delivered a speech entitled, “Uploading Multilateralism to Tackle Global Challenges.”

He said what has happened since the start of COVID-19 has proved time and again that humankind is a community with a shared future, multilateralism is the right way forward, and that strengthened global governance is an urgent necessity.

“Facing this common challenge, whether the international community can choose solidarity over division, opening-up over isolation, and cooperation over confrontation has put the wisdom, conscience and courage of humanity to a grave test,” he said, adding, China is firmly committed to multilateralism, the path of peaceful development, and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

He announced a host of proposals and initiatives aimed at tackling global challenges and advancing common development, and shared his vision on how to carry forward multilateralism and strengthen global governance in a post-COVID era.

Likewise, Chairperson of Tsinghua University Council Chen Xu delivered her remarks at the opening ceremony. She opined that improving the governance system and the global governance capabilities were imperative and important as the world was undergoing major changes unseen in a century.

She expressed the hope that the advisory board members of the school contribute insights and ideas toward the construction of public management discipline and talent training and the reform of global governance.  

Chen Xu thanked the advisory board members for playing an important role in the development of the Tsinghua SPPM and Tsinghua University in the past years.

Following the opening ceremony, Tsinghua President Qiu Yong and three advisory members delivered keynote speeches.

For his part, President Qiu, in his video speech, said that the reform of the global governance system has posed a common challenge for mankind, and that Tsinghua and Tsinghua SPPM were committed to cultivating backbone professionals and leaders in support of advancing global human undertaking.  

Ding Zhongli, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress and Chairman of the Central Committee of China Democratic League, suggested the Tsinghua SPPM improve the talent training system through three ways: fostering collaboration with relevant ministries and agencies, setting up a talent cultivation alliance among Chinese universities for international organizations, and creating additional internship opportunities for students to work at international organizations.  


Wan Gang, Vice Chairman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Chairman of the Central Committee of China Zhi Gong Party, and President of the 9th National Committee of the China Association for Science and Technology, emphasized the urgency to advocate openness and inclusiveness, promote mutual learning and trust, and bring vitality to innovation-led cooperation in the post-epidemic period.

Zhou Xiaochuan, Vice-Chairman, the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Vice Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia, said allocating substantial efforts in terms of institutions, market construction, and innovative technologies, among others, are necessary to realize China’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2060. “We should strengthen international cooperation on carbon emissions targeting borderless areas and explore the establishment of relevant international governance mechanisms,” he added.

The meeting then began its first session moderated by John L. Thornton, the annual Co-Chair (International) of the global advisory board, on the theme of “Challenges of Global Governance & Development and Reform of Higher Education.”

The first session saw speeches delivered by Jiang Xiaojuan, Dean of Tsinghua SPPM; Margaret Chan, Emeritus Director-General of the World Health Organization and Inaugural Dean of the Vanke School of Public Health of Tsinghua University; John Holdren, the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard Kennedy School; Lou Jiwei, a member of the Standing Committee Member and Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; Paul Romer, University Professor in Economics at New York University and Nobel Laureate in Economics; Chen Deming, former Minister of Commerce of China, former Chairman of the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits, and Director of Institute of Taiwan Studies, Tsinghua University; Xie Fuzhan, President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Secretary of the Leading Party Group, and Chairman of the Presidium of the Academic Division; Lu Mai, Vice Chairman of China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) and Secretary-General of China Development Forum; Sandra O. Archibald, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington; and Yang Bin, Vice President and Provost of Tsinghua University.

Jiang Xiaojuan said that to address the changes and challenges of China’s public and global governance, Tsinghua SPPM would develop public management academic programs at a higher level, reform the existing postgraduate education system for professional degrees, and improve the capability of cultivating academic postgraduates.


Yang Bin said the public management education in universities should give full play to its advantages in terms of student selection, curriculum settings, cultivation programs formulation, creating an open and diverse community for talent cultivation and attaching great importance to the basic science and technology education for public management talents in terms of new literacy skills.

Zhou Xiaochuan, the Chinese Co-Chair of the global advisory board, hosted the second session of the meeting under the theme “Global S&T Cooperation and Cultivation of Public Management Talents”.

Xue Lan, Director of the Academic Committee of Tsinghua SPPM and Dean of Schwarzman Scholars; Aiji Tanaka, Professor and President of Waseda University, Japan; Wu Hongbo, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, President of China International Public Relations Association, and Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG); Muhammad Yunus, Founder of the Grameen Bank at Bangladesh and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago; Danny Quah, Professor and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po; Ma Huateng (Pony), Tencent’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University; and Chen Qingtai, former Secretary of the CPC Leadership Group, State Council Development Research Center, former Vice-Minister of the State Economic and Trade Commission, and the founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management addressed the second session.  

Xue Lan elaborated the Tsinghua SPPM’s efforts of global cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, while other speakers highlighted the need to promote cooperation among uniersities to cultivate public management talents and boost global cooperation in science and technology.


Source: School of Public Policy and Management
Editors: Guo Lili, Sangeet Sangroula