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China's global role

29 May 2015

Over the last 30 years, China has emerged as one of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world – with the country lifting almost 500 million people out of poverty and recording GDP growth of nearly 10 per cent a year.

Described by many as a miracle, this unprecedented growth means that with a population of over 1.3 billion people, China plays an important and influential role in the global economy.

Despite this rapid economic and social development, China remains a developing country and is transitioning from a planned to a market-orientated economy. Many people describe this rapid economic growth as an economic miracle for the country.

China’s rapid growth hasn’t just been a challenge for the country’s policymakers. Throughout the region, getting to grips with China’s growth has become an essential part of a policymaker’s job.

“Given the important role China has played in the world economy, everyone should have some fundamental knowledge about the Chinese economy,” says Chinese Economy (8021) course convenor Dr Annie Wei.

Dr Wei brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom, as an economist who specialises in economic development and growth, Dr Wei’s current research interest focuses on China’s economic development. In 2008, one of Dr Wei’s papers on China’s income inequality was awarded the best PhD paper by the Chinese Economist Association in Cambridge, UK.

The Chinese Economy (8021) course is offered at Asia and the Pacific’s leading public policy school under the International and Development Economics program in the first semester of 2016.

“This includes, economic development from various perspectives. Including, economic transition, development experience of the economy, macroeconomic policies, challenges and prospects of China’s economic growth. It will also teach you how to analyse the contemporary issues on China’s economic development using relevant economic frames and via policy lenses,” Dr Wei says.

The course will explore the transformation of the Chinese economy and equip students with fundamental knowledge about one of the world’s busiest economies. Crawford School of Public Policy offers challenging and dynamic graduate course for those interested in learning about one of the world’s busiest economies.

Dr Wei’s research looks at China’s economic growth, demographic change, rural-urban labour migration, dualistic economic development, economic transitions, income inequality, structural change, human capital and productivity growth.

These are all issues that the course looks at, giving students a thorough understanding of one of the world’s most dynamic economies.

“At the completion of this unit, my students will be equipped with a sound understanding of the theoretical principles and conceptual arguments for economic transformation. They will also be given the opportunity to carry out independent research on a topic relating to the Chinese economy,” said Dr Wei.

Students with work and family commitments are supported by Crawford School’s flexible learning opportunities that ensure students are given the best opportunity to reach their postgraduate potential.

“My teaching style is face-to-face, with a two-hours of lectures per week and a few discussion-based tutorials,” says Dr Wei.

“Case-based teaching and learning is also included to help students analyse some topical and practical issues on China’s economic development.

“I’m committed to ensuring my students get the best out of their degree and can’t wait to explore the fascinating Chinese Economy with them.”

Click here to watch a video about the course: The Chinese Economy (8021).

If you’re interested in studying at Crawford School of Public Policy, come along to our postgraduate information session on Wednesday 3 June 2015, 4-6pm.

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