This lecture is a part of Tsinghua University’s Global Open Course, “China’s Perspective on Global Development Initiative”. It will offer an overview of the digital economy from the Chinese perspective.

We will specifically discuss:

  1. what is new about digital economy, and how it will affect the business and market landscape in China and the world,
  2. what is unique about the digital economy in China, and
  3. what is the logic behind digital innovations and transformation in China and whether they can be applied in global markets.


Prof. CHEN Yubo

Prof. CHEN Yubo is the Coca-Cola Chair Professor and Director of Center for Internet Development and Governance at School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University.

His research interests include digital economy, mobile and electronic commerce, and digital transformation. Listed in Most Cited Chinese Researchers by Elsevier consecutively, Prof. Chen has published many articles in top journals such as Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, and Information Systems Research. His research has won many international awards and recognitions. Before joining Tsinghua, He was a tenured professor at Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, USA.

List of lectures

Course Background

China’s President Addresses United Nations General Debate, 76th Session

In 2021, President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Development Initiative (GDI) at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In response, Tsinghua University developed and launched the graduate course, namely “China’s Perspective on Global Development Initiative” for 2022 Autumn semester, presenting the latest development of China’s society, economy, culture, and science and technology. This course will introduce the frontiers in research and relevant practices in China, focusing on digital economy, poverty reduction, COVID medication and vaccine, development financing, climate change and green development, interconnection, and other fields.

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