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RRU welcomes visiting scholar Dr. Robert Zhang

You may have already met Dr. Chunming (Robert) Zhang, Dean, Economics Management College, Tianjin Open University (TOU) at LIC breakout rooms, classrooms, library, International Education Week or holiday social receptions.

This is his second visit to RRU. Zhang was one of the TOU delegates visiting RRU in May this year. RRU had the pleasure to host him again for three months. He will be conducting research, observing programs, learning about RRU learning models and exploring collaboration opportunity between two universities as a visiting scholar this time. Zhang holds a B. Sc. in Construction Management from Beijing Information Science & Technology University, Beijing, M.Sc. in Construction Management from School of Business, Tianjin University of Finance & Economics, and Ph.D in Economics Management from Tianjin University. Zhang has strong research interest in the area of construction project management, entrepreneurship, and financial credit management. In his capacity as Dean, Economics Management College, TOU, he was also one of the founders of Entrepreneurship Centre, Tianjin Open University. He has authored a book: From Dynamic to Super Dynamic: Enlightenment for the Enterprises under the Financial Crisis.

Tianjin Open University (TOU), located in Tianjin, only 1 hour drive from Beijing, was founded in 1958 and is the first in China to offer education via radio and correspondence. TOU now has 8 colleges, 21 campuses and 15 education centers with 60,000 students and 2,449 full time and part time faculty members. The University has created an online distance education network covering all 18 districts and counties of the Tianjin municipality and has become an important base for modern distance learning and life-learning in Tianjin, China. Its data centre hosts 10,000,000 users and provides real time service for more than 100,000 online learners at the same time. As a member institution of International Conference of Distance Education (ICDE) and Asian Alliance of Open University (AAOU), TOU successfully hosted the 22nd AAOU Annual Conference in 2008. TOU will host the 25th ICDE World Conference on October 16th, 2013. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Zhang and Tianjin Open University, please contact Clare Wang (clare.2wang@royalroads.ca).