Professor Denis Simon of the School of International Affairs has accepted a two-year appointment as a member of the Advisory Board of the China Center for Public Leadership at the School of Public Policy and Management in Tsinghua University. Tsinghua University, which often is dubbed "the MIT of China," is known as one of China's leading universities and is the alma mater of many of China’s current leaders.
"I am thrilled to receive such a special honor from Tsinghua University as the Center for Public Leadership is making a major contribution in preparing Chinese students and professionals with the critical skills and tools needed for their careers in public service across China," Professor Simon said.
Located in Beijing, the School of Public Policy and Management is ranked as one of the strongest academic programs in the People's Republic of China for preparing young people for careers in the Chinese government at the national and local levels. It recently received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to create a new globally-oriented master's program in international development.
Professor Simon's relationship with Tsinghua University dates back to the early 1980s when he first visited the School of Economics and Management as a young assistant professor. Most recently, Professor Simon has worked with Dean Xue Lan and Professor Yu Yongda to develop ties between the Tsinghua and Penn State's School of International Affairs. In mid-December 2009, Professor Simon spoke to a group of more than fifty young professionals at the Center for Public Leadership on the topic of "Leadership and Innovation in an Era of Globalization." In his speech, Professor Simon emphasized the new key success factors required of successful leaders in view of the enhanced emphasis on sustained innovation in global economic, business, and technological affairs.