Wuhan Universities- Warsaw School of Economic workshop.
Example of research cooperation between Poland and China.
Delegation of Wuhan Universities participated in workshop organized by Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) – World Economy Research Institute. Professor Günter Heiduk the Head of East Asian Center was hosting the workshop and heading the sessions.
Wuhan University, located in Wuhan – the capital of Hubei province –is a high education institution with traditions lasting from the end of XIX century and responsible directly to Ministry of Education of PRC.
The guests represented several departments and institutes of Wuhan University such as : Department of World Economy with Professor Zhuo Li – the Dean, Professor Jiandong Wen from Economics and Management School of Wuhan University, Professor Shaozhou Qi from Center for European Studies, Professor Xibao Guo from Center for Economic Development Research , Professor Ying Ma from Center of Economic Development Research . There were representatives of other institutions: Professor Julan Du from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Professors Jianhua Zhang and Shaoping Wang from Huazhong University of Science & Technology in Wuhan.
Polish side was represented by Professor Marzenna Waresa – Director of World Economy Research Institute SGH, Dr Piotr Maszczyk from Department of Economics II of SGH, Prof Ryszard Rapacki from Department of Economics II of SGH, Agnieszka McCaleb MA form East Asian Center SGH and Professor Günter Heiduk the Head of East Asian Center.
Polish and Chinese side offered 15 presentations discussed during the workshop provoking questions about crucial issues of Chinese, Polish and European Union economy and approaches to their resolving .
One of most interesting Chinese presentations were “China’s Economic Development Model and its Transformation’ presented by Professor Xiabao Guo. The author explained major shifts in China industrial policy after world financial crises and country export stagnation. Major issues of Chinese economy today are: uneven regional development, growing inequalities of personal incomes, excessive export dependency and serious deterioration of environment. Thus requirements of instant shift in economic policy are obvious. New patterns of development should concentrate on moderate growth, development of midland regions, poverty reduction and environment friendly industries. Majority of Chinese presentations focused on particular issues like rural poverty reduction, changes in regional industrial specialization, real estate sector, oil price impact on some Chinese industries, specifics of China’s economic structure, labor-intensive products and economic growth, state owned enterprises and their tasks in economic reforms.
Polish participants presented variety of issues concentrating on European problems and its recent crises in particular. Financial aspects of sovereign vs private debt were presented by Professor Gűnter Heiduk, his second presentation discussed migration and intergenerational relations on Poland –Germany example. Role of innovation and competitiveness during crises, emerging varieties of capitalism- case of Poland, strengths and weaknesses of Polish economy were the other presentations by Polish participants. Only two of all presented materials touched upon bilateral links – first was “The differences of energy efficiency between China and EU and the potential co-operation” by Professor Shaozhou Qi and” Chinese Companies in Poland” by Agnieszka McCaleb. Both delivered reach data contents and were very inspiring.
Apparently the result proves that mutual understanding of distant regions as China, EU and Poland are at the stage of infancy and potential research areas are in front of both partners. Let us hope that the seeds for future fruitful co-operation are sowed.