Beijing Normal University (BNU) was founded in 1902 and is one of the most prestigious universities in China. According to the QS World University Rankings 2018, BNU ranks eighth among universities on mainland China. The Belt and Road School (BRS) is located at BNU’s Zhuhai campus in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, one of the most economically vibrant regions in the world.
The Belt and Road School of Beijing Normal University is a new school dedicated to training international experts for the Belt and Road Initiative and the establishment of a high-end think tank to meet the needs of the rapid development of the Belt and Road Initiative.
There are four goals directing the teaching and research at the BRS. First, help promote the Belt and Road Initiative. Second, serve the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Third, explore laws related to development in emerging market countries. And fourth, promote the development of international education.
The BRS is experienced in school management. Since 2013, when the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed, the school has focused on training high-end management experts from countries along the Belt and Road, and a number of excellent high-caliber economic managers have been trained from 61 countries. The BRS offers a Master’s program for Developing Countries, an MBA program, a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) program and other academic degree programs.
The BRS has a first-class international faculty. The core faculty consists of professors from internationally renowned university, experts and scholars, former political figures from many governments, international financial leaders and global business executives, including Enrique Garcia, former president of the Latin American Development Bank, Djoomart Kaipovich Otorbaev, former prime minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Rajat Nag, former executive vice president of the Asian Development Bank, Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Bosnia and Herzegovina prime minister, and Grzegorz W Kolodko, former first deputy prime minister and finance minister of Poland.
The BRS has achieved fruitful research results related to the Belt and Road Initiative. The school has set up the Sino-Japanese Belt and Road Initiative Joint Research Center, the Sino-Kazakhstan Belt and Road Initiative Joint Research Center and the Sino-Belarus Belt and Road Initiative Joint Research Center to carry out country-specific cooperative research. Members of the school visited countries along the Belt and Road Initiative for field research. The school has held nearly 30 special lectures on the Belt and Road Initiative, and published a number of research reports and other documents to provide academic support for the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative.