Keping Yu

Dean, School of Government, Peking University

Keping Yu

Residency: Oct. 3-14, 2016

Public Talk:
“China’s Governance in Transition"
Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture
Oct. 10, 2016
In the second Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, YU Keping, a renowned scholar and advocate of reform in China and PLF addressed the great changes in governance since the economic reform. He traced the principal lines of governance reform in China since the 18th Party Congress and assessed the main challenges going forward.


Keping Yu is the dean of the School of Government at Peking University. Before becoming dean, he served as the deputy president of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau and was a professor at Peking University.

He has continued to be a stable voice in Chinese academia, as well as a strong advocate for democratization and rule of law from within the establishment—his book “Democracy is a Good Thing (2009)” relaunched an intellectual debate on the future of China’s political system and democratization.

Yu received his graduate degree in philosophy from Xiamen University and his doctorate in political science from Peking University.

During his residency, he discussed a variety of topics, including democracy, rule of law and China’s institutions and politics.