Li Chenyang, Professor of Nanyang Technological University of Singapore appointed as a visiting professor

The appointment ceremony and "Visiting Professor" seminar of a renowned scholar, Professor Li Chenyang, Head of Philosophy Department, Humanities College of Nanyang Technological University, were held on Taibai Campus on August 8. Xiao Hong, associate professor of Sociology College of Nanyang Technological University, who will soon teach at NWU, joined the meeting. Professor Guo Lihong, president of NWU, the persons in charge of the Personnel Department, the Office of International Affairs, the School of Philosophy and the representatives from teachers and students attended this event. The ceremony and seminar were presided over by the head of Office of International Affairs.

The head of Personnel Department introduced Professor Li's academic achievements. Professor Guo Lihong presented Li Chenyang with the Letter of Appointment and emblem of Northwest University. Li Chenyang, in his speech, showed appreciation for the appointment and congratulated the founding of the School of Philosophy. He also pointed out that the philosophy discipline of Northwest University, with a long history, is one of the key schools of philosophical research in northwestern China, and it is a great honor for him to join this team. He appreciated the concept of "small scale, high starting point and distinctive characteristics" of the School of Philosophy, and believed that it shares much in common with the idea of developing Philosophy Department of Nanyang Technological University. Professor Li hoped to make contributions to the development of the School of Philosophy of Northwest University in the future.

Guo Lihong thanked Li Chenyang for joining Northwest University and reviewed the history of philosophy discipline of Northwest University in the past hundred years since the 1920s. He pointed out that the restoration and development of the School of Philosophy are important parts of the development goals for "world-class disciplines" and "world-class universities." The development of the School of Philosophy and philosophy disciplines should follow several principles: First, "high goals" – striving to learn from high-level universities at home and abroad; second, "late advantage" – seizing the best opportunity for the current development of philosophy to form an integrated advantage; third, "unique characteristics" – carrying out domestic and foreign exchanges and cooperation in such fields as the comparison of Chinese and Western philosophies and Chinese philosophy. He hoped that Li Chenyang would offer more support to Northwest University in such aspects as strategic resources, teacher-student communication and scientific research cooperation to lead and guide the development of the School of Philosophy.

In the subsequent activities, the two sides conducted in-depth exchanges and discussions upon cooperation issues in scientific research, discipline construction, college orientation, talent introduction, personnel training, and put forward a series of practical suggestions.

Professor Li Chenyang is now the first dean of the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, whose main research interests include Confucian philosophy, Chinese traditional culture, value theory and comparative studies of Chinese and Western philosophies. In recent years, his major works and compilation include: The Tao Encounters the West: Explorations in Creative Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 1), The Sage and the Second Sex (Open Court, 2000), The East Asian Challenge for Democracy: Political Meritocracy in Creative Perspective (with Daniel Bell) (Cambridge University Press, 2013), The Cooperative Philosophy of Harmony (Routledge, 2014), Moral Culture and Cooperative Character (with Peimin Ni, State University of New York Press, 2014), Chinese Methods and its Processes (with Franklin Perkins, Cambridge University Press, 2015), and more than 100 academic papers. He was professor and dean of philosophy in Central Washington University, president of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy, president of the Sino-US philosophy of study, member of the Asian Committee of the American Philosophy Association, and senior visiting scholar at City University of Hong Kong (2005-2006), National Association of Higher Education ACE Fellow (2008-2009), University of Stanford Senior Research Center Boguri Scholar (2015-2016).