International Scholars at the Hatfield School of Government
Author: Center for Public Service
Posted: September 14, 2011

International Scholar Xuejun WangEvery year, Portland State University hosts over 300 visiting scholars and faculty from all over the world. These visitors engage in teaching, research, and other academic activities with PSU faculty and students. PSU academic departments, such as the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, welcome visiting scholars to share their knowledge and international perspectives on a wide range of subjects.

The latest cohort of international scholars has brought a diverse range of professional experience and research interests.  Hailing from Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea, these public service professionals are helping build international relations with Portland State while accumulating important research for their home institutions and departments.  

The cohort consists of:

Xuejun Wang - a joint PhD candidate in the School of Management at Lanzhou University, China. He began his work with Dr. Doug Morgan in the Hatfield School of Government in September 2010 and will continue until September of 2012.  His research focuses on value-centered government performance management and leadership. After following the cooperative partnership between Lanzhou and PSU for more than five years, he decided to take part in public administration courses with a vision to improve public service performance – a central objective of both schools.  When he is not studying, Xuejun greatly enjoys getting to know Portland.

Gwang Gu Yu - a Korean Government Long-term Overseas Studies Fellow from Ulsan, one of Portland’s sister cities.  He has been working with the Executive Leadership Institute (which has subsequently become the Center for Public Service) for a two-year period from June 2010 to June 2012.  His researched focuses on emergency management, urban planning and sustainability at the local and regional government levels.  The work that he has been doing while at PSU should be immensely beneficial for his official position as deputy director of the Division of Disaster Management and Safety for the Republic of Korea.  

Aoi Ito – a visiting PhD candidate from the Okuma School of Public Management at Waseda University, Japan.  He has been performing research here at Portland State University from July 2011 to March 2012.  His primary area of focus is the operation of nonprofit organizations (NPO) in Portland, specifically the collaborative process between citizens, NPOs, Government, and private entities.  When he is not focusing on this crucial work he is enjoying the local soccer community.  

Professor Katsuhiro Satoh – a visiting professor of Public Administration from Hokkai Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan.  His length of stay with the International Scholars program is from August 2011 to February 2012.  While with the program his research will focus on the governing bodies of the Portland Metropolitan area and their methods for increasing citizen and community engagement.  He is also examining policy formation on the local level with the hope of deriving a usable model of citizen participation for local governments in Japan.  

The Center for Public Service would like to thank the entire International Scholars cohort for their important contributions to the realm of public administration.  We look forward to further collaboration in the future!