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About the Partnership

Western Development Strategy

Hatfield leadership recognized that western China could be a platform for the Hatfield School to participate in and assist the dynamic evolution of a peaceful rising China. In the Summer of 2005, a Hatfield delegation went to Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province. During a three-day visit, the delegation met with the top decision-makers in the province and with the leadership of two major universities. The School of Management at Lanzhou University took the lead in working with the Hatfield delegation in a deep discussion about opportunities for cooperation between the two schools and governments as well as opportunities to collaborate with businesses on both sides. A Memorandum of Understanding formally initiated a long term partnership.


New Page of the Partnership

In June 2006, a Lanzhou delegation visited Portland State University. In April 2007, another Hatfield delegation visited Lanzhou for further discussions about the partnership program. A work plan with details of goals and operations was jointly developed. In November 2007, the first visiting professor arrived from Gansu to conduct a six-month academic research project. This website was another element in the work plan, inaugurating an enhanced communications channel between the two schools and between the schools and their government and business clients and partners.

In 2009 and 2011, Lanzhou University and the Hatfield School respectively hosted the first and second International Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership, co-sponsored by their partners in Japan (Waseda University) and Vietnam (the Ho Chi Minh National Academy for Politics and Public Administration - HCMA) (the third conference was held in Japan in 2013). Over the years, the two institutions have been actively engaged in joint research programs led by senior faculty members from both schools, faculty and student exchange programs, as well as an annual Lanzhou University Executive MBA leadership training program in Portland. 

In 2013, a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding was signed which unfolds the new development stage of the partnership. Both sides have confidence that with a clear vision and partnership strategy, more collaboration and mutual learning will happen in the years to come.