Dr. Rong Wang

Position: Director of China Institute for Education Finance Research (CIEFR), Peking University, Director of Synscenter Refsnaes - National Center for Blind and Partially Sighted Children of Denmark
Country: China
Dr. Rong Wang has a B.S. and M.A. from Peking University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently Director and Professor of the China Institute for Educational Finance Research (CIEFR), Peking University, the author of numerous books and articles on education policies and education finance includingExplaining Public Education, China Education and Human Development Report 2005-2006 (editor, with Professor Min Weifang), A Comparative Study of Education Finance Statistics Systems (editor), China Human Development Report 2005 (author of the education chapter). She is also the Founding Executive Chairwoman of the China National Research Association for Education Financing and a Deputy Chairwoman of China National Research Association for the Economics of Education. She is also the youngest member of China’s State Education Advisory Committee.

CIEFR, of which Dr. Wang is the Founding Director, is a research institute established jointly by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education of P. R. China and Peking University and has advised the Chinese central government in formulating recent policies on free compulsory education in rural areas, reforming student financial aid schemes for post-secondary education, and higher education funding mechanisms. Dr. Wang is recognized as one of the most important scholars in the field of education finance in China for her role in designing the free rural compulsory education policy and several other important education finance policies since 1999.