On September 26, 2015, during the High-Level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation on the sidelines of the 70th Anniversary Celebration of the United Nations, President Xi Jinping announced that China would set up the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development (ISSCAD).
Thanks to strong support from the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance, and in virtue of Peking University’s strong humanities faculty, profound historical heritage and comprehensive strengths, ISSCAD has been set up in the National School of Development of the university. ISSCAD is not only a high-level degree program focused on national development, but also a think tank committed to governance, international cooperation and exchange, and national policy research. It aims to review and share the successful experience of China and other developing countries; to build a teaching and research system of national development by integrating theory and practice; to cultivate high-level talent equipped with comprehensive theoretical knowledge, a broad international vision and open mindedness, talent capable of working for national development and making decisions in light of national conditions for developing countries. All of this is aimed at contributing to the solidarity, cooperation and common development among developing countries, as well as advancing and realizing the goal of sustainable development by 2030.
ISSCAD provides both degree education and non-degree executive training programs for mid-level to senior officials, as well as managers and researchers from government, academia, the media, NGOs and other organizations in developing countries.
ISSCAD has established a top-level faculty team consisting of prominent professors and leading practitioners in relevant fields from both within and outside of PKU. A carefully designed curriculum will enable ISSACD to deliver knowledge and skills in all key areas related to national development, such as political philosophy, national governance, economic development, quantitative analysis and global leadership. A series of lectures and workshops will also be arranged to address engaging issues such as national development models, foreign policy, legal systems, and market economy systems to help students understand China and global trends. Through intellectual and practical studies at ISSCAD, students will learn general principles behind a country’s development, and search for development strategies suitable for their own countries.