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        Founded in 1893 and participated in both Project 211 and Project 985 launched by the Chinese Ministry of Education to promote the development of top key Chinese universities with qualities and potentials, Wuhan University has been conducting intensive researches and extensive services over many years on the development of Central China with its unparalleled advantageous location in the region and extraordinary strength in multi-subject research.
       Committing itself to the national strategy of the “Revitalization of Central China” initiated in 2006, the Institute was established in April 2007 as a multi-subject research entity of Wuhan University and was jointly administered by Wuhan University and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), a comprehensive Ministry of the Chinese Central Government administering reform-and-development-related issues across China. The Institute has been carrying out policy consultation, academic research and talent training since its establishment.
        A council, chaired by the directors of NDRC from Beijing and constituted by the directors of the Provincial Development and Reform Commissions and important universities in 6 provinces of Central China, has also been established to coordinate the research on the development issues of Central China.
        The Institute now has 12 full-time faculty members, including 3 full professors, 4 associate professors and 3 lecturers. All of them have received Ph.D., including 1 received Ph.D. in the U.S. and 7 received or in the postdoctoral training. It also has 10 adjunct faculty members and 2 supporting staff members. 
        The Institute has been active in education, research and services since its establishment. It has conducted over 170 research projects since 2007, with the total grant of over 22 million yuan. The Series of Monographs on the Strategy for the Revitalization of Central China are published. 18 monographs are published openly, including 8 monographs openly published by foreign press or translated into Chinese openly published by famous Chinese press. Over 160 academic papers have been published, 150 of them published in famous and important academic periodical such as Economics Studies. 13 SSCI papers have also been published and indexed. Over 40 consultation reports are released, many of them accepted by high-level government agencies. The staff has attended over 160 academic conferences and consultation meeting in recent years.
        The Series of 26 research projects funded by NDRC have been successfully completed by the Institute, including some important research projects on the relocation of the industries in Central China, the development strategy of Central China in the 12th Five-year-Plan Period, the evaluation on the strategy for the revitalization of Central China from 2006 to 2011, the strategy for the regional cooperation and opening-up of Central China and the benefit-balance mechanism of the revitalization of Central China, the Central China’s Development Report of 2015, the Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions for the Rise-up of Central China in the New 10 years, etc.
        The Forum on the Development of Central China, sponsored by the Institute, supported by the Division in charge of the Regional Economy of NDRC, held by the famous universities of Central China in turn, is an important forum of viewpoint exchange for the academic circle and government. It has been held in Wuhan, Taiyuan, Nanchang, Changsha, Zhengzhou and Hefei with different key issues of the development of Central China respectively during the past 7 years. The Forum is reported by the famous Chinese media, such as People Daily, Xinhua News Agency and Hubei Daily. The Forum has become a standing forum for the discussion and research on the development of Central China.
        The Institute hosts Ph.D. program in regional economic development and accepted students for both the master and Ph.D. levels since 2007. Currently, it has an enrollment of 74 graduate students, including 42 Ph.D. students and 32 postgraduate students. 123 students have already completed their studies, 54 of them with the Ph.D. degree and 69 with the master degree. The Institute has a library of more than 3,000 volumes, a subscription to over 35 major journals/newspapers, as well as electronic access to various databases and internet resources.
General Director: Prof. Jianqing Zhang
Tel.: 027-68763686   027-68763901
Fax: 027-68763901
Address: Villa No. 5, Luojia Mountain, Wuhan, Hubei, China
Zip Code: 430072
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