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Insights and Foresights Exchanged on the PKU 120th Anniversary Academic Symposium

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The second day of the academic symposium features three forums on a sampling of issues ranging from the research fields of science and technology, economics, history and humanities. These include the following topics: "Cell Replacement Therapy in Humans", "Preventing Systematic Financial Crisis in China", "Humans are Always in the Making", and "R&D at Peking University". Alumni, academics, and students are invited to join the festivities and events where discussions define the university’s present and its future along with trends of the ever-changing world.  
Gang Fan, professor of PHBS and director of the National Institute of Economic Research


Stephen King, senior advisor of HSBC

Yiping Huang, member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China

Themed “ Economic Growth in the Future” , the second forum invited economists and practitioners to share their views on China’s economic issues in the changing global outlook. Professor Fan gave his insights towards next phase of China’s development and the future of globalization, while King shared thoughts on how China should respond and rise to challenges of the backwards trend of globalization. Professor Huang analyzed China’s systematic financial problems from the perspectives of market principles, policy coordination and regulatory  framework.

Bo Wang, PKU vice president and professor of philosophy

Chengdan Qian, professor of history


Jinhua Dai, professor of Chinese language and literature


The following forum turns attendants’ eyes from the future to the past, focusing on “ Humanity and Historical Heritage.” Thoughts and ideas were shared and exchanged among Peking University scholars. Professor Wang shared his philosophical thoughts on human’s development, Professor Qian probed into the historical aspects of Chinese view on the Magna Carta, and Professor Dai elaborated on the current situation and future development of humanities.

In the Nobel Laureate lecture, Sir John Gurdon, 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and professor of Cambridge, shared his advanced research findings on cell replacement therapy in humans. By explaining underlying mechanisms for biological reprogramming and stability, he argued that nearly all cells of the body have the same set of genes; and the replacement of some kind of aged or non-functional  cells in humans is a real prospect in the near future, as long as ethicists and lawyers do no interfere.

 Sir John Gurdon, 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and professor of Cambridge

Yi Rao, professor of biology, Peking University

Dongxiao Zhang, Dean of PKU School of Engineering, and member of United States National Academy of Engineering


Daqing Ma, Professor of Anesthesia of Imperial College London


Sunan Jiang, minister counsellor for science and technology at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in U.K.

The afternoon forum themed “ Science and Technology Research” invited scholars from the fields of biology, engineering, and medicine. Professor Rao revealed the profound relations between education and scientific development, pointing out a worrisome trend that fewer students are willing to devote themselves to science; Professor Zhang spoke his research on shale gas revolution and its challenges and opportunities; Proessor Ma shared his research findings with his counterparts from Peking University First Hospital; and Minister Counsellor Jiang elaborated on the latest development of scientific innovations in China and prospects for Sino-China cooperation.

photo of PKU 120th  Anniversary Academic Symposium

The  Inauguration of the PKU Alumni Finance Association London was held after the three forums

By Annie JIN
Edited by
 Sophie WU

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