XJTLU Museum “W•E TALKS” Event: Creative Thinking


XJTLU Museum launches branding event called “W•E” (short for Wisdom & Exploration) regularly in X Bar. “W•E Talks” is its sub-series event which is in form of short, powerful talks, aiming to have an exploration of wisdom in minds. In “W•E Talks”, we invite three experts in certain fields to talk about their ideas and to share their stories in a wide range of subjects. We hope it could be helpful for our students to learn experience from others and to extend their insight about their learning, career and even the life.

Here comes the third series of “W•E Talks” Event. XJTLU Museum invites Professor Zhiyue BO, Director of XIPU Institution; Eddy S. FANG, Associate Professor, Head of ECO Division, International Business School Suzhou, XJTLU and Ms. Jenny YANG, Secretary General of Shanghai Chance Art Foundation to share about their creative thinking in aspects of learning & teaching, academic research and life experience with us.

Event Details

  • Topic: Creative Thinking
  • Language: Chinese or English (provide onsite simultaneous interpretation)
  • If you would like to reserve a seat, please send “X Bar + Name + contact number” to [email protected]

Event Agenda

  • 14:00-14:05 Hosts introduce “W•E Talks” Event and honored speakers
  • 14:05-14:35 “W•E Talks” - Speech by Professor Zhiyue BO
  • 14:35-15:05 “W•E Talks” - Speech by Professor Eddy S. FANG
  • 15:05-15:35 “W•E Talks” - Speech by Ms. Jenny YANG
  • 15:35-15:55 Question and interaction session
  • 15:55-16:00 Declaring the end of the event and take a group photo

Introduction of Speaker

Zhiyue Bo (Director of XIPU Institution)

Professor BO Zhiyue, a leading authority on Chinese elite politics in the world, is Director and Professor of XIPU Institution, a think tank at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, People’s Republic of China. Professor BO obtained his Bachelor of Law and Master of Law in International Politics from Peking University and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Peking University, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago, American University, St. John Fisher College, Tarleton State University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore, and Victoria University of Wellington. His research interests include China’s elite politics, Chinese provincial leaders, central-local relations, cross-strait relations, Sino-U.S. relations, international relations theories, and global governance. He has published more than 200 book chapters and articles and nine books, including a trilogy on China’s elite politics. His most recent books include China-US Relations in Global Perspective (2016) (edited) and China’s Political Dynamics under Xi Jinping (2017). Professor Bo is also a renowned consultant for government agencies and business organizations. He has briefed government leaders and senior diplomats in Singapore, Thailand, Russia, the Netherlands, France, South Korea, Taiwan, China, the European Commission, and New Zealand as well as business leaders in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Europe. Professor BO has been frequently interviewed by international media such as CCTV, BBC, ABC, CNBC, the People’s Daily, New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, the Guardian, the Times, and Bloomberg. He is the winner of the “most quoted by Western media prize” on China’s leadership transition.

Eddy S. Fang (Associate Professor, Head of ECO Division, International Business School Suzhou)

Eddy joined XJTLU in 2012 upon completion of this doctoral research at the University of Cambridge, where he conducted research in the field of International Political Economy. More specifically, Eddy worked on the diffusion of alternative financial practices in the United Kingdom – e.g. Islamic Finance. This led him to articulate his research within the frameworks of behavioural economics, economic sociology, and economic philosophy. In addition to his doctoral research, Eddy has previous teaching experience at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium), conducted research at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (2007-2008), and consulted for the World Bank. Eddy's research has been published in internationally renowned scientific journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics (SSCI, ABS 3*, FT45), Technological Forecasting and Social Change (SSCI, ABS 3*), the Review of International Political Economy (SSCI, ABS 3*) and Kyklos (SSCI, ABS 3*), and presented at international academic forums such as the IIPPE Annual Conferences. Upon his arrival in China, Eddy started investigating additional questions specific to the Chinese economy such as (i) environmental behaviour - this project is funded by the Suzhou Science and Technology Association (ii) trust and perceived food safety among Chinese consumers - funded by the National Science Foundation of China, and (iii) social networks in rural China. Eddy is a Belgian-born Chinese and speaks French, English, and Mandarin Chinese fluently. He holds a BSc in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick (Distinction) and a PhD degree in the same field from the University of Cambridge.

Jenny Yang (Secretary General of Shanghai Chance Art Foundation)

Jenny has a very fine background of international education. She graduated from Melbourne Business School with a MBA degree, and graduated from the School of Design of Swinburne University with a double degree in interior design and visual communication. She focuses on “human-centered” designs that can be implemented, and combined with business innovations to help clients solve more complicated and systematic problems, and also bring clients with returns of business and social value through commercial applications. She is a keen observer of consumer behaviors, with a string of user research and innovation management experience. She can quickly develop a strategic plan driven by quantitative data and qualitative insights analysis, and smoothly transition between the roles in different functions. Before taking the job in Shanghai, Jenny had served in a prestigious Australian brand consulting studio and the National Gallery of Victoria for more than ten years. She has lived and studied in a number of different countries in Asia, Australia, and Europe, which makes her a quick adapter and great communicator in diversified cultures and environments. Jenny is also a great lover of travel, outdoor sports and cooking. She once traveled more than 30 countries and regions across 4 continents all by herself. She is also a writer and photographer for the Lonely Planet.