University of International Relations (UIR) witnessed on Jan. 16th of the new year an influential symposium focused on the building of undergraduate disciplines in Government Procurement Study.
From 2007, UIR was endowed by Ministry of Education the privilege to carry out undergraduate program on Government Procurement study. However, the specific disciplines need some optimization. Under such a background, the symposium was co-held by the Department of International Economics and the Institute of Public Market and Government Procurement of UIR. High officials in Government Procurement field, Procurement Minister of the Korean Embassy to China, prestigious scholars as well as chief editors of authoritative periodicals attended the symposium which included a wide range of topics: curriculum provision, teaching method, textbooks, organization of practice and research, teaching management, and etc.
Scholars and experts reached consensus on the significance of building undergraduate program in Government Procurement Study and highly praised the efforts of UIR for their innovative steps in this field. They also had some heated discussions on certain topics, such as the balance between the theory study and social practices.
China has been in the negotiation of the entry of WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) since the end of 2007, and specialists with academic background of Government Procurement have always been desiderated. What’s more, the building of such a discipline in higher education level still staggers in its initial stage and needs a healthy and rapid development. This symposium, which was sparkled with constructive ideas from those scholars and experts, will certainly be an impetus to the teaching and research work of UIR, and will undoubtedly bestow a spotlight on the development of Government Procurement in China.