Visiting Professors Talk about Economics and Development
In November and December 2016 RAU hosted several sessions of lectures and discussions with guest speakers - visiting professors from China and Singapore.
On November 25, professors from the People's University of China Professor (Renmin University of China) Zhang Gofun and Lingshui Man delivered public lectures and seminars at RAU and hosted a round-table discussion on the development prospects of the Armenian-Chinese economic relations. The event was organized by Institute of Economics and Business, Institute of Humanities at Russian-Armenian University and Confucius Institute at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences.
Among the participants of the round-table discussion were prominent scientists and experts: representatives of the Chinese Embassy in the Republic of Armenia, representatives of the business environment, government officials and non-governmental organization workers, professors, graduate and undergraduate students. The speakers and guests discussed the so-called “China’s economic miracle”, features of China's foreign trade and development trends, China's experience in attracting investments and its policy during the financial crisis.
In her speech, Zhang Gofun presented China's economic miracle in detail; the speaker mentioned such aspects as high GDP growth rate, steady growth in the GDP rankings, rapid increase in foreign direct investment, effective distribution of products all over the world, infrastructure improvement.
On December 21, head of Singapore Chinese International School, Vahagn Vardanyan delivered a lecture “Singapore’s Development Experience” for the students of Russian-Armenian University. As the speaker specializes in Economics and International Relations, he directed the audience’s attention to such issues as world development policies, Armenian brand shaping, the role of the Armenian Diaspora, demographic problems and some others.
Vahagn Vardanyan has worked and lived in Armenia for nearly 10 years, where he was involved in the banking system. He moved to China in 2005 and worked there until 2008. Currently, Mr. Vardanyan lives, works and conducts research in Singapore.