Faculty and Students of School of Public Affairs Attend the "20th Academic Public Administration Symposium with Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao"


From May 9 to 11, 2024, a group of faculty and students from School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang university, attended the "20th Academic Public Administration Symposium with Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao" hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The symposium featured academic discussions on various themes including frontier research methods in sustainable governance, public administration and sustainable development goals, land system reform and rural revitalization, big data and public service management, and management of charity and nonprofit organizations.

Following the opening ceremony, Professor Zhang Weiwen, Vice Dean of the School of Public Affairs at Zhejiang University, on behalf of mainland universities, was invited to deliver a keynote speech titled "Does Outsourcing in the Digital Era Adhere to Public Value Goals?". Professor Zhang's team analyzed 16,057 government procurement contracts in Zhejiang Province from 2018 to 2021 using the GPT-4 large language model, empirically examining how the characteristics of e-government services influence their delivery modes.

Starting from the afternoon of May 10, the symposium moved into the sub-forum sessions. Professor Miao Qing was invited to chair the sub-forum "Frontier Methods in Sustainable Governance Research" and presented a report on "Meta-analysis in Public Administration: Challenges and Directions". The following day, he was invited as the discussant of the sub-forum "Big Data and Public Service Management".

Associate Professor Yang Yixin chaired the sub-forum on "Land System Reform and Rural Revitalization" and shared a paper co-authored with his graduate student Li Yiming titled "The Hidden Poverty: Multidimensional Health Poverty of the Rural Elderly in China". Their study, based on survey data, highlighted the issue of multidimensional health poverty in rural areas and proposed policy recommendations to improve rural healthcare.

Professor Shen Yongdong was invited as the discussant for the sub-forum on "Public Administration and Sustainable Development Goals".

In the sub-forum on "Charity and Nonprofit Organization Management", Researcher Wu Zhongsheng and doctoral student Dai Yiming presented a study titled "Signal of Financial or Performance Transparency? The Impact and Mechanisms of Nonprofit Transparency on Charitable Donations: Evidence from A Survey Experiment."

At the symposium's "Doctoral Student Forum", doctoral student Li Tuo from our school presented a report on "How Timing Matters in Policy Intervention: Evidence from COVID-19".

The "Academic Public Administration Symposium with Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao" has been held successfully for 20 sessions since its inception by the School of Public Administration at Renmin University of China in 2005. It has become a grand event for public administration scholars from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the Hong Kong-Macao regions to enhance communication and showcase research achievements. This year's conference concluded with a handover ceremony between The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Lanzhou University.