Impressions of Public Administrative Education in Northwestern China

  • David H. Rosenbloom American University


Visits to China by U.S. faculty members in the field of public administration tend to be concentrated in eastern China, especially in Beijing and Shanghai, and to a lesser extent Guangzhou. Perhaps most of the exchanges involving U.S. public administrative faculty occur in connection with Remnim University of China, located in Beijing. As is well known, there are marked regional differences between the urban and rural sectors as well as between the eastern and western areas in contemporary China. In June 2007, I had the opportunity to visit and lecture at the School of Management at Lanzhou University in Lanzhou, Gansu. Previously, I had lectured and/or taught at Renmin University of China, Northwest University in Xi'an (Xi Bei Da Xue), and Fudan University in Shanghai. My visit to Lanzhou University included two lectures and several formal, but unstructured, meetings with graduate and undergraduate students. This article summarizes my impressions of public administrative education at Lanzhou University, which to a large extent services northwestern China in the field of management.

Author Biography

David H. Rosenbloom, American University
David H. Rosenbloom is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at American University in Washington, DC. His scholarship focuses on public administration and democratic constitutionalism. He is the recipient of the 2001 American Political Science Association John Gaus Award for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration. In 2003 he became the first American to serve as Guest Professor in the School of Public Administration at Renmin University of China.