Se­nior of­fi­cial to take aca­demic post

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By YANG WANLI yang­wanli@chi­

A se­nior Chi­nese of­fi­cial has been re­lieved of his po­si­tion at the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and will take a new po­si­tion at Pek­ing Univer­sity.

Yu Keping, deputy di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral Com­pi­la­tion and Trans­la­tion Bureau, said at a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day that his res­ig­na­tion had been ap­proved. There has yet to be an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment about his res­ig­na­tion from the bureau.

Yu will be ap­pointed as di­rec­tor of Pek­ing Univer­sity’s Pol­i­tics Study Cen­ter, and he will also be dean of the Univer­sity’s School of Gov­ern­ment.

Zhou Zhiren, Party sec­re­tary of the School of Gov­ern­ment, said the Pol­i­tics Study Cen­ter has not been founded yet. But Zhou said Pek­ing Univer­sity had long planned to in­vite Yu to be­come the cen­ter’s di­rec­tor, ac­cord­ing to Bei­jing News.

“I will sup­port his de­ci­sion. As an in­di­vid­ual, to pur­sue a ca­reer that he is pas­sion­ate about is a won­der­ful thing,” said Zhang Lin, who works for a non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion in Bei­jing.

Zhang said she had read most of Yu’s books. “He is an idol to me. I think he has deep thoughts on so­ci­ety. And many of his ideas are great, which will bring some pos­i­tive changes to so­ci­ety,” she said.

Yu is a noted scholar had writ­ten many books, in­clud­ing the widely noted Democ­racy is a Good Thing. He is also the New World Se­nior Fel­low in the Ash Cen­ter for Demo­cratic Gov­er­nance and In­no­va­tion in the John F. Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment, Har­vard Univer­sity.

In ad­di­tion to his aca­demic work, Yu has also acted as an ad­viser on po­lit­i­cal re­forms to the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment.

In an early in­ter­view with The Pa­per in 2012, Yu shared his thoughts on the big­gest chal­lenges fac­ing China. He said so­cial in­jus­tice, which re­sults from un­equal in­come dis­tri­bu­tion, is the ma­jor prob­lem fac­ing China.

Yu said that the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has be­ing work­ing hard to im­prove peo­ple’s qual­ity of life in re­cent years but such ef­forts have not re­ceived ap­pre­ci­a­tion as much as they should, be­cause un­equal in­come dis­tri­bu­tion re­sulted into a loss of pub­lic trust and sat­is­fac­tion with the gov­ern­ment.

Yu is not the first high-level Chi­nese of­fi­cial take up a post in academia af­ter re­tir­ing or re­sign­ing.

Yu You­jun, former deputy head of the State Coun­cil’s Of­fice of the South-to-North Wa­ter Di­ver­sion Project Com­mis­sion, be­came a pro­fes­sor at the Phi­los­o­phy Depart­ment of Sun Yat-Sen Univer­sity in Guang­dong prov­ince.

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