Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



The 2008 Spring Semester Special Lecture by the APU Confucius Institute

May 20, 2008

Mr. ZHANG, Guoyou, Vice-President of Peking University and famous economist, was the speaker of the 2008 Spring Semester Special Lecture by the APU Confucius Institute at APU held on May 19th, 2008 at the APU Faculty Office H202.The lecture was offered with the aim to inspire APU current students' motivation for their studies and to stimulate and meet local citizens' intellectual curiosity.
Before the lecture, Mr. ZHANG and the delegation from Peking University enjoyed lunch with APU President Monte CASSIM.

The lecture room was full of many students and local citizens, and some had to stand. Mr. ZHANG opened with a memorial address to the victims of the great Sichuan Earthquake. All participants offered a silent prayer.

Subsequently, Mr. ZHANG showed his appreciation for the APU students' fund-raising activities for the victims. The title of the lecture was "Sustainable Economic Growth in China". Mr. ZHANG pointed out how to realize economic growth in China while facing and solving problems such as the gap between the rich and the poor, saving natural resource and energy, pollution, global warming and so on. Mr. ZHANG commented "It is important to have sustainable natural resource, increase the material need at rural areas and keep good diplomatic relations for that China keeps sustainable economic growth."

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