The WISE Prize for Education


Prof. Pan Guang

Position: Professor and Dean of Research Center, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Country: China
Dr. Pan Guang is Vice Chairman and Professor of the Shanghai Center for International Studies at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Director of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)  Studies Center in Shanghai, Dean of the Center of Jewish Studies Shanghai and Vice President of the Chinese Association of Middle East Studies. He is an International Council Member of Asia Society in the USA, Senior Advisor of the China-Eurasia Forum in the USA, an Advisory Board Member of Asia Europe Journal (Asia-Europe Foundation) in Singapore, a Member of the Board Management Committee of Asian Scholarship Foundation in Bangkok and Senior Advisor on Anti-Terror Affairs to Shanghai Municipality and the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China. He obtained the 1993 James Friend Annual Memorial Award for Sino-Jewish Studies, the 1996 Special Award for Research on Canadian Jews from China, the Sankt Peterburg-300 Medal for Contribution to China-Russia Relations awarded by President Putin in 2004 and the Austria Holocaust Memorial Award in 2006. He was nominated by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a member of the High-Level Group for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) in 2005, and appointed as Ambassador of the AoC in 2008.

He has done research and given lectures widely in North America, East Asia, Russia, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. He holds a number of prestigious posts in Chinese institutions on International Studies, Asian Studies, Middle East Studies and Jewish Studies, and has published books and articles on a variety of topics such as “The Jews in China”, “The Jews in Shanghai”, “The Jews in Asia: Comparative Perspective”, “Selected Works on Arab African History”, “Open Door Policy in Asia, Africa and Latin America”,  “The Jewish Civilization”, “2003: US War on Iraq”,  “From Silk Road to ASEM: 2000 Years of Asia-Europe Relations”,  “A Comprehensive Study on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization”, “Jews and China: Contact and Friendship between Two Old Civilizations in Modern Times”, ”The Political and Cultural Impact of the Holocaust”, ”The Jews in America: Development and Influence of a Successful Community”, “SCO and China’s Role in the War on Terrorism”, "Contemporary International Crises”, “China’s Success in the Middle East”, “Jewish Studies in China 1978-2008”, and “China’s Energy Strategy and Primary Role of the Middle East in This Strategy”.