December 15, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Peking University have established the Center for Urban Development and Land Policy on the campus of the university in Beijing. Joyce Yanyun Man, director of the Lincoln Institute’s China program, will serve as executive director.
“With this center, we seek to develop institutional capacity in China to address the many challenges that the country’s rapid growth has for land,” said Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (www.lincolninst.edu). “We want to continue to strengthen China’s expertise in land policy and planning for urban development, through research, fellowships and training.”
The Lincoln Institute has been actively engaged in China for the last five years, through its Program in the People’s Republic of China (www.lincolninst.edu/aboutlincoln/prc.asp). Joyce Yanyun Man of Indiana University was earlier this year appointed director of the program, and is based in Beijing. The new center, which will be in operation in Peking University campus offices in early 2008, will complement the ongoing activities of the China program.
“I am excited to move ahead with this extraordinary challenge, and look forward to examining the critical issues in urban land policy now facing China,” said Man.
“I hope the joint center will offer a platform for international and Chinese scholars to share experiences and deepen understanding of urbanization, land and fiscal policies in China and around the world,” said Lin Jianhua, executive vice president and provost of Peking University. “I believe that such interactions and dialogue will not only help enhance the academic teaching and research quality in these areas at Peking University, but also will facilitate discussions, research and sound policy in the use, regulation, and taxation of land and urban development in China.”
Peking University was established in 1898 as the first comprehensive university in China, and today has 41 departments and programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral level in sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and medicine.
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, founded in 1974, conducts research and evaluations, holds conferences, provides education and training, supports demonstration projects, and publishes books and reports on policy issues relating to land. The Institute seeks to improve the quality of public debate and decisions in the use, regulation, and taxation of land by providing a nonpartisan forum for the integration of theory and practice. The international reach of the Lincoln Institute extends to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.