Professor Xia Shuzhang was terribly tied up recently, but this was somehow related to MPA (Master of Public Administration). The universities in the first batch approved to set up MPA sent out glory titles to him in succession, such as visiting professor, honorary dean, and guest attending seminars.
In the first summer when MPA was disembarked in China, professor Xia Shuzhang, crowned as the "father of Chinese MPA", seems to be more an academic symbol. This is because he has countless ties with MPA: he was the first Chinese overseas student who was conferred the degree of MPA in Harvard University; the first man who upheld introducing MPA into the academic degree system in China; the only consultant so far of MPA Academic Committee in China.
A couple of days ago, in the office building with antique flavor, of School of Laws & Political in Sun Yat-Sen University, I listened respectfully to Mr Xia's review and retrospect on the education of PA (public administration) in China over the past 50 years. "PA is the leechcraft that heals a country", raised Xia in the 1940s when he studied PA in Nanjing Central University. Although during that time, a majority of young students tended to go for maths, physics, and chemistry as these subjects had already been founded with strong academic basis, Xia took the resolution of studying the "leechcraft" that heals countries since he was strongly influenced by "Doctors with top medical skills could manage nation's affairs as treating disease, and those secondary-leveled ones may only recuperate patient", as the ancient saying goes. Besides that, China was undergoing domestic strife and foreign aggression in that period.
In retrospect, "I was enthusiastic with an impulse ridden. I only think that government corruption is closely related to maladministration and the system of centered public functionary in Britain was the ideal one that China was possible to imitate", said Professor Xia. However, after graduating from...
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