The National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University is a comprehensive college that offers a multidisciplinary environment for teaching and research in economics, management science, and public policy. Its predecessor, the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) was established in 1994 by Professor Justin Yifu Lin and five other overseas-trained economists. Following its expansion of teaching and research, CCER was renamed the National School of Development in 2008.
The NSD has a strong faculty featuring domestically and globally recognized scholars such as Justin Yifu Lin, Qiren Zhou, Wen Hai, Weiying Zhang, Guoqing Song, Weifang Min, Yang Yao, Yiping Huang, Gordon Liu, Ling Li, Yaohui Zhao, Jun Fu, and Chunhua Chen. The NSD upholds Peking University’s values of inclusiveness and academic freedom; it promotes socially meaningful research in economics, management science, and public policy, and is committed to contributing to China’s economic and social progress.
The NSD is China’s leading institution that combines teaching, research and policy advising. It is an integral part of Peking University’s drive to become a world-class university.
The NSD offers teaching programs in three areas: academia, business and public policy. Its academic programs include an economics master and PhD program, a bachelor program in national development, and a double-major economics program. Its business education is offered through BiMBA (Beijing International MBA) that hosts MBA, EMBA and EDP programs. In 2016, NSD added public policy as one of its teaching programs through a newly established institute, ISSCAD (Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development), whose mandate is to offer doctoral and master degrees to senior officials from developing countries.
NSD’s faculty has published numerous academic papers in domestic and international journals. Many professors are China’s leading scholars in their respective fields. The CCER is an internationally recognized networking center for academic exchanges.
The NSD is also one of the leading think tanks in China. It brings together research resources within Peking University and regularly participates in China’s policy debates. Over the years, it has produced influential policy advices on important issues concerning industrial policy, rural reconstruction and SOE reform, etc. Some of them have been adopted by the government. The NSD hosts three highly recognized think-tank events: China Economic Observer, NSD Policy Talk and China Development Forum.
It is also the organizer of two second-track dialogues between China and the United States, US-China Economic Dialogue and US-China Health Dialogue. In 2016, it was designated by the government as one of the 25 national think tanks.