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The 9th Asian Conference in Regional Science Held at SHU-UTS SILC Business School

Date: April 20, 2019

During April 20th-22nd, the 9th Asian Conference in Regional Science (ACRS) was held at Xingjian Cultural & Sports Center of SHU-UTS SILC Business School. Sponsored by the Regional Science Association of China and organized by SHU-UTS SILC Business School, the seminar marked the start of the activities in celebration of the 25th anniversary of SHU-UTS SILC Business School.


ACRS originates from the seminar jointly held by China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan of China. In recent years, it has gradually evolved into a platform that better promotes the formulation of methodologies and exchanges of frontier thoughts. As the latest challenges related to big data and AI attract increasing attention, advancing international cooperation to tackle technological impact becomes crucial. The 9th ACRS is a new platform for the sustained cooperation among participating organizations and their members, and particularly a platform for Asian countries and regional scholars to exchange ideas and methodologies. The year 2019 coincides with the 100th birthday of Walter Isard, founder of regional science, which gives the seminar a special significance. Aimed for the exchanges of ideas and methodologies and the stimulation of academic enthusiasm, the seminar successfully drew many experts and scholars from both home and Japan as well as South Korea.

On the morning of April 20th, Professor Xue Ling from Peking University chaired the opening ceremony of the 9th ACRS. First, Professor Lv Kangjuan, Dean of SHU-UTS SILC Business School, extended welcome to attending guests, and briefed them the operation of SHU and SHU-UTS SILC Business School in recent years. Then, Professor Yang Kaizhong, Chairman of the Regional Science Association of China, introduced the meeting with appreciation of the undertaker.





Afterwards, Professor Manas Chatterji (State University of New York, U.S.A.), Professor Sumona Banerjee (University of Calcutta, India), Professor Tschangho John Kim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.), Professor Lin Zhenjia (National Taiwan University, China), Professor Shi Minjun (Zhejiang University, China), Professor Ryo Itoh (Tohoku University, Japan), Professor Cheol-Joo Cho (Chongju University, South Korea) and Professor Emmanouil Tranos (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom) respectively delivered keynote speeches. Proceeding from respective field of research, each speaker centered on the latest academic research, and had in-depth exchanges and discussions with the expert present at the meeting. 



On April 20th and the afternoon of April 21st, 24 parallel meetings were held in Wenbo Building, with the topics covering space economy, international trade, urban transport, environment economy, enterprise innovation, real estate market, clustering economy, rural research and some other theoretical and empirical issues related to regional economy. Several teachers from SHU-UTS SILC Business School attended the discussions. On April 22nd, attending experts visited the big data center of Jiading Auto City, experiencing self-driving cars and some other frontier technologies at the site.


The 9th ACRS was successfully concluded. It greatly promoted the academic exchanges among experts and scholars, and produced gratifying results in carrying out effective international cooperation and jointly tackling the impact caused by the fast development of technologies.



2019 marked the 25th anniversary of SHU-UTS SILC Business School. The successful launch of the 9th ACRS kicked off the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the school.




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