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Georgia Institute of Technology

July 11, 2013

Back row: Lu Yongyi, Cai Yongjie, vice dean of the Graduate School of Tongji, Perry Yang, Huang Yiru, vice dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dong Qi, vice president of Tongji, Li Xiangning, assistant dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Zhuang Yu
Front row, seated (l to r): Alan Balfour, Wu Changfu, dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Alan Balfour, former dean of the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, was recently named as advisory professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

The appointment was made by Tongji University president, Dr, Pei Gang. As advisory professor, Balfour will be working with students and faculty in Shanghai in the year ahead and working on a book on the future development of the Chinese city.  This will be a sequel to his 2002 book SHANGHAI: World City.

“Professor Balfour is a renowned scholar with an extraordinary ability to describe the links between social policies, economic aspirations, and the development of cities," said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Georgia Tech. "He is a perfect choice to help Tongji University charter the past, present, and future of Shanghai.”

Tongji University is one of China’s leading universities directly under the State Ministry of Education. With an enrollment of 50,000 students, it offers degree programs both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The university offers a wide range of academic programs, 14 Schools ranging from architecture and urban planning to engineering to liberal arts and law.

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