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Lianjie Ma

Improving Chinese Economic Administration

ppp Job Title:
Professor & Director of Urban Management Department

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Executive Ph.D; Public Administration; 2003
Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Home Country:
Peopleís Republic of China

What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job are the most exciting or interesting?
As a professor I enjoy independent thinking. [It is] a wonderful experience to observe different organizations and think about the processes and results. The most exciting aspects of my job include coming to different countries, talking to different people around the world, and publishing good articles in prestigious journals.

Why did you choose to pursue an MPA/MPP degree?
After I did several research projects related to the business sector in China, I thought the reason why Chinese business didnít make progress is the administrative system. Therefore, I transferred to study Public Administration in order to find solutions for Chinaís economic development.

How did you select your graduate school?
I selected the graduate school according to its academic ranking and my research interests. I recommend selecting the school only if you are interested in the program.

How do you feel your MPA/MPP is helping you to make a difference?
I think the communications and debates between MPA faculty and classmates helped me change my ways of thinking. If I only stayed in one place for one career, I would become one short-sight person. I feel proud to be involved in different programs and experiences. For example, through the program I made progress in the research of e-government, and the World Economic Forum selected me as an Young Global Leader.

How would you characterize your personality?
* Teacher * Independent * Analytical *

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