Inaugural Lectures

Professor Junjie Wu - Transforming academic career cross cultures: When East meets West

  • 18.00 - 19.00
  • 15 Feb 2024
  • Lecture Theatre C, Rose Bowl, City Campus, LS1 3HB
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Professor Junjie Wu - Transforming academic career cross cultures: When East meets West
Professor Junjie Wu shares her 40-year academic journey, encompassing teaching and research at both a Chinese university and Leeds Beckett University

The central focus lies in exploring the clash between Eastern and Western educational philosophies and pedagogical approaches, which manifest through distinct teaching styles, classroom dynamics, and the relationships between tutors and students. Junjie's reflection will highlight the challenges she encountered, her endeavours in navigating cultural transitions, strategies for overcoming these obstacles, and the synthesis of strengths derived from both cultural paradigms.

With the growing presence of colleagues and international students at Leeds Beckett University from Eastern cultural backgrounds, Junjie intends to facilitate the exchange of ideas and the sharing of successful experiences on this pertinent subject, to encourage individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds for a collaborative exploration of this thematic intersection.

Professor Junjie Wu

Junjie is a Professor in Finance at Leeds Business School. She worked at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, China, from 1981 to 1997, being promoted from a teacher trainee to Associate Professor and the deputy dean of the Accounting School. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Hull between 1994 and 1995. She obtained PhD scholarship in 1998 at the University of Huddersfield and graduated in 2003. Junjie joined Leeds Beckett University in 2004.

Junjie loves teaching and talking to students. She received several awards for ‘Excellent Teacher’ in China and was nominated as ‘Inspiring Teacher of the Year’ at Leeds Beckett University in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Junjie is passionate about research, and her research career spans four decades. She is the author of more than 70 research papers, editor of textbooks and guest editor of academic journals. She was often awarded the ‘Excellent Research Award’ and ‘Excellent Research Paper Award’ in China by her employer, the Provincial Educational Council and the Chinese Accounting Society. She was awarded ‘Highly Commended Researcher of the Year 2013’ by Leeds Beckett University.

Junjie’s research won an international reputation. She is a Visiting Professor and guest speaker at Chinese universities and a funding reviewer for the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. She has received or jointly received research funding from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the National Social Science Fund of China. She frequently reviews academic articles for many high-ranking peer-reviewed academic journals.

This lecture is part of Leeds Beckett University's inaugural professional lecture series.

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