Influential economist takes up honorary professor post

One of China’s leading economists has been honoured by the University’s Business School.

Professor Li Yining, from Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, was appointed an honorary professor at a ceremony in Beijing.

Professor Li is the founding Dean of the Guanghua School of Management and has been its Honorary Dean since 2005.

He has supported the collaboration between Edinburgh and Guanghua and helped develop a number of ongoing initiatives related to low carbon education and research.

Chinese economic reform

Known in China as ‘Mr Stock Market.’ Professor Li’s policies have helped grow China’s economy and to influence economic reform and development since the 1980s.

Professor Li initiated the idea of reforming China's economy through a shareholding system for state-owned, collective enterprises.

Guanghua School of Management

Edinburgh’s Business School began an official collaboration with Guanghua School of Management in 2014.

A refreshed Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 8 December 2017 to coincide with Professor Li’s honorary professorship.

In attendance at the ceremony was a University of Edinburgh delegation led by Principal Professor Sir Tim O’Shea. It also included Professor Richard Harrison and Dr Xi Liang of the Business School; and Professor Natascha Gentz, Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland at Edinburgh.

This is an important milestone in our strategic partnership with Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management. We are delighted to be honouring Professor Li Yining with this professorship and to be signing a refreshed, and more ambitious, MOU.

Professor Richard HarrisonChair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Business School

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The School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in business and management and provides a platform for research, discussion and debate on a wide range of business issues.


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