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KDI School in China: promotion of rural development with sound policies

03 Dec, 2018 KDIS News Center 1,595


Rural development plays a key role in reducing global poverty, disease, illegal labour force and inequality. It creates not only a new level of self-sufficiency and satisfaction for citizens, but also improves the quality of life of rural people. However, important problems still remain unsolved such as unbalanced development between urban and rural areas. It is very important to implement integrated rural development policies in order to deliver better services and increase well-being in rural areas.

In order to encourage discussions on these issues, KDI School and Chinese Academy of Governance (CNAG) organized an annual policy forum on ‘Rural Development’ from November 4  to 8 2018, at Beijing. Through a tough competitive process, totally 32 KDIS students were selected to participate in this high-level conference as representatives of the graduate school.

Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) is a ministerial-level organization directly affiliated to the State Council. It is a top level training institute focusing on in-service training programs for ministerial and director-general level civil servants, senior public managers and policy researchers, a pioneering research center on theories of public administration and government innovation, and an influential think tank for the Chinese government on matters of public policy.

Annual conference series between KDIS and CAG has been organized since 2011. Since, there were several conferences conducted on specific topics such as Aging Society, Exposure visits, Socio-economic Development both in China and South Korea.

At this year’s policy forum, more than 70 participants, including professors, experts and students got a unique opportunity to learn about the best practices of rural development, sustainable rural development strategies based on research and countries’ case studies from experts and professors. The first two days of the program covered various presentations on remarkable Chinese and Korean experiences of rural development and existing challenges on current issues. Students of CNAG and KDIS actively took part in panel discussions, raising key problems in their states.

Additionally, they were able to visit suburban areas such as Banbidian villages, Gaobeidian town, Chaoyang district, exploring China’s rural developing practices. The program also provided a cultural tour to one of the most well-known historical places in Beijing – Forbidden City.

Overall the trip to China left unforgettable impressions on students and helped to expand their knowledge on rural development policies through strategic thinking and real cases.


By Feruza ALIKULOVA (2018 MPM, Uzbekistan)