Belt & Road Initiative Summer School

2019 Nankai University Belt & Road Initiative Summer School

Destination: Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Date: June 24th – July 21st, 2019

Contact: Longlong SHEN (Mr.)

Tel: 0086-22-23509646


Nankai University

Founded in 1919, Nankai University is one of the oldest and most well-respected public universities in China, and is a key multidisciplinary and research-oriented university.

Located in the bustling port city of Tianjin, Nankai University is in a hub of economic activity and international trade.

In 2018, Nankai University received around 3,000 overseas students from more than 90 countries. As of 2018, Nankai University had developed cooperative relationships with 300 universities and research institutes from about 40 countries.

Nankai Belt & Road Initiative Summer School

Nankai Belt & Road Initiative Summer School is an international short-term study program that provides students with the opportunity to get to know something about modern China. Also international students could experience Chinese language culture by enjoying lecture in the related topics like Chinese Economy, Chinese Society, etc., at one of the China’s top universities.  The program allows students to explore Chinese culture and concepts, which combines credits courses and professional development with Chinese language training, culture studies, relaxation and fun. Four weeks in one of China’s most energetic sea-port cities may inspire students to plane for future and seek more opportunities.


From June 24th to July 21st , 2019


2019 Summer School is going to run for four weeks. Courses taught in English by Nankai University professors, will cover a series of interdisciplinary topics like Chinese Economics, Business, History, Society, Law and Public Policy, etc. Chinese language training and culture studies (Tai Chi, Chinese Paper Cutting and Folk Music, etc.) will also be included. In addition, field trip will be arranged for participants to experience traditional Chinese culture and explore the unique concepts and perspectives on the variety of China.


Week  1&Week 2Week 3&Week  4
Doing Business in China Chinese Language Training and Cultural ClassField trips (weekends)Belt & Road Initiative and China’s  Economic Development         Chinese Language Training and Cultural ClassField trips (weekends)

Course Contents

Belt  & Road Initiative and China’s Economic Development3The Mystery of China’s Economic Growth-A  Detailed Investigation on the Phenomena of   “Made in China”Economic Relationship between China and the  rest of the worldSustainability and Challenge in China' s  Economic GrowthChina’s  Business EnvironmentCulture, Value and Understanding-An Economic  Approach
Doing  Business in China3The Process  of Trade Reform in ChinaTrade  Regime of Export-Processing systemRapid  Trade Growth and Structural ChangesHow  to establish a firm in China


Nankai University will host the international students accommodation according to 2019 Summer School arrangement.


The program has been designated to minimize extra costs after arriving in China. The program fee of RMB 10,000.00 covers most expenses, including tuition fee, cultural classes, accommodation and field trips.

Please note: students will be responsible for their own transportations and cost of catering, study materials, insurance, etc.

Field Trips

We will arrange field trip each week to help students better understand Chinese history, society, culture. (Haihe Cultural Square, Tianjin Italian Style Street, Tianjin Museum, Tianjin Cultural Center, etc.)

Course 1: Belt &Road Initiative and China's Economic Development (Course Code: CLICNKU001)

Instructor Name and Contact Information: Assistant Professor Ming Liu, School of Finance, Nankai University,

Course Credit: 3

In-Classroom Instructional Hours*: 35

Outside Classroom Learning Hours*: 6

CourseDescription and Objectives:This course is specially designed for international students and focus onChina’s economic development since 1978. Understanding China’s economy is ofintrinsic interest because China rises very fast during the past thirty yearsand became the second largest economy in the world. China’s economic growth haseffects far beyond China’s borders nowadays. The so called "Belt &Road Initiative" is proposed by China's government with the aim of openmarket in-depth. However, there are also a lot of controversies ormisunderstandings on China regarding the sustainability, imbalance, propertyrights, and the purpose of "Belt & Road Initiative" etc. Thiscourse, start from the introduction of "Belt & Road Initiative",will focus on related issues of China's economic development. Lots ofinformation and data related to the covered topics will be provided in thiscourse. Emphasis is placed on the developmental processes and the underlyinghistorical, political, socio-cultural and economic factors that account fordevelopment.

The aim is to provide students of diverse backgroundsa general and systematic understanding of dynamic transformation in China andto equip students with sufficient knowledge to take up further specializedcourses on Chinese economy. In particular, this course will also introduce howto do business in China and focus on the business environment, business law andbehaviors of businessmen in China.

The followingsessions will be selected in the course and each topic will be instructed for 3or 4 credit hours:

Session 1: TheMystery of China’s Economic Growth-A Detailed Investigation on the Phenomena of“Made in China”

Session 2:Economic Relationship between China and the rest of the World

Session 3:Population, Aging and China’s Comparative Advantage in Global Markets

Session 4:Sustainability and Challenge in China’s Economic Growth

Session 5: RMBExchange Rates and the Global Imbalance

Session 6: China’sFinancial Institutions and Markets

Session 7: China’sBusiness Environment

Session 8:Culture, Value and Understanding-An Economic Approach

Reference Book:

CHINA'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Past and Present,Edited by Josef C. Brada, PaulWachtel and Dennis Tao Yang, NewYork:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, Kroeber,Arthur R, London: Oxford University Press,2016

China's One Belt One Road: Initiative, Challenges andProspect, B K Sharm (Editor), Dr. Nivedita DasKundu;Delhi: Vij Books India, 2016

Course 2:  Doing Business in China (Course Code:CLICNKU004)

Instructor Name and Contact Information: AssociateProfessor. Dr. Chunyuan Huang, School of Economics, Nankai University,

Course Credit: 3

In-Classroom Instructional Hours*:  35

Outside Classroom Learning Hours*: 6

CourseDescription and Objectives: Peace, development and cooperation are the trends intoday's world. Since the adoption of the reform and opening up policy more than30 years ago, China has conformed to the trend of economic globalization byopening wider to the outside world and promoting economic and trade cooperationwith other countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. Through yearsof development, foreign trade has become one of China's most dynamic andfastest-growing sectors, placing China among the world’s largest tradecountries. China’s Foreign Trade development has strengthened the nation’s tieswith the rest of the world, effectively pushed forward the country'smodernization, and promoted world prosperity and progress.

This course is thus designed to provide students with a general pictureof China’s foreign trade reforms and progresses in trade since the end of 1970s.On the first half of it, we focus on the process of trade reform, trade regimeof export-processing system, WTO entering process, rapid trade growth andstructural changes. On the second half of the course, we will be more practicalto discuss how to do business in China including details of how toestablish a firm in China.

Reference book:

(1) Dallas, Nick. How to do businessin China, 24 lessons in engaging the dragon. McGraw Hill, 2007.

(2) Naughton, Barry. The ChineseEconomy: Transitions and Growth. The MIT Press, 2007.

Grading System

Grade Distribution:

Your final grade of the course will bebased on the following components:

Assignments/  Homework/ Chapter Quizzes/attendance10%
Mid-  term tests30%
Final  Exam50%

Evaluation Model:

The students’performance would be evaluated comprehensively, including class participation,critical thinking skills and research achievement. In the middle of theprogram, they will be required to form different groups with the assignment ofstudying a particular aspect or theme on BusinessNegotiation. They need topresent their learning outcomes in the way of sharing their ideas, observationand solutions in the essay and presentation.